A GUIDE TO NOTABLE PROGRAMS BY BRUCE FRETTS.(TIMES ARE EASTERN DAYLIGHT AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.)
23 Wednesday Family Dog (CBS, 8-9 p.m.) See review on page 90. Larry Kramer (PBS, check local listings) Armistead Maupin Is a Man I Dreamt Up (PBS, check local listings) Profiles of two gay-activist authors, playwright Kramer (The Normal Heart, The Destiny of Me) and novelist Maupin (Tales of the City), timed for Gay Pride Week. Jesse Helms will not be pleased.
The Larry Sanders Show (HBO, 10-10:30 p.m.) Larry (Garry Shandling) hires a hotshot agent (The Ben Stiller Show’s Bob Odenkirk). Ex-Tonight Show musicians Doc Severinsen and Tommy Newsom guest-star.
Dream On (HBO, 10:30-11 p.m.) Martin (Brian Benben) freaks out when his father (Paul Dooley) moves back to New York City-and in with a male ”companion.”
Late Night with David Letterman (NBC, 12:35-1:35 a.m.) Don’t expect any hoopla during Dave’s last three shows under the peacock logo-just guests Tom Brokaw and 10,000 Maniacs (Wednesday), Garry Shand-ling (Thursday), and Tom Hanks and David Sanborn (Friday).
24 Thursday Almost a Dodo (A&E, 9-10 p.m.) A visit with the world’s most wacko bird, the Shoebill (a.k.a. the Whale-headed Stork), a native of Zambia’s Bangweulu Swamp.
Eye to Eye with Connie Chung (CBS, 9-10 p.m.) The Eye network’s newest weeknight anchorperson settles into her own weekly prime-time newsmagazine, costarring correspondents Bernard Goldberg, Edie Magnus, and Russ Mitchell, with occasional contributors Charles Kuralt, Bill Geist, Harry Smith, and Robert Krulwich.
25 Friday L.A. behind bars (A&E, 9-10 p.m.) This Investigative Report Explores Life Inside The country’s biggest jail system, among the wardens, the guards, and the inmates, including the Crips and the Bloods.
Johnny Bago (CBS, 10-11 p.m.) See review on page 92.
26 Saturday Pavarotti in Central Park (PBS, check local listings) The rotund Italian tenor performs music by Verdi, Bizet, and Donizetti, live from New York City, joined by the New York Philharmonic and the Boys Choir of Harlem.
Movie: Extreme Justice (HBO, 8-10 p.m.) Scott Glenn and Lou Diamond Phillips play trigger-happy LAPD officers in an ultraviolent action thriller intended for theatrical release earlier this year but sold to cable in the aftermath of the L.A. riots.
Front Page (Fox, 9-10 p.m.) Yes, it’s another new newsmagazine. This one is aimed attwentysomethings-lifestyle-oriented, fronted by Ron Reagan and four other young newsfolks, taped in downtown L.A., and set to tunes by Los Lobos.
Zalman King’s Red Shoe Diaries (Showtime, 10:30-11 p.m.) A sultry bounty hunter (Claire Stansfield) finds herself attracted to the charming con man (Ron Marquette) she’s out to nab.
27 Sunday Movie: Curacao (Showtime, 9-10:30 p.m.) See review on page 92.
( The Howard Stern Interview (E! Entertainment Television, 10-10:30 p.m.) Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.-midnight) Stern chats up art-rock anarchist Frank Zappa and his ”Valley Girl” daughter, Moon Unit (where’s Frank’s boy Dweezil?); King probes the psyche of Sinbad, Star Search runner-up, Different World alum, and star of an eponymous fall Fox show.