Barbarians at the Gate

(HBO, 8-10:46 p.m.): A high-stakes business drama of the 1980s - full of bids, buyouts, and management defense tactics - forms the plot of this fact-based drama about Wall Street's biggest corporate takeover. James Garner plays F. Ross Johnson, CEO of R.J.R. Nabisco, seeking "the deal of the century" through his $112-a-share bid for the company. But he faces competition from leveraged-buyout master Henry Kravis (Jonathan Pryce). The complicated story-line, based on the book by Bryan Burrough and John He lyar, uses some authentic exteriors and interiors in New York and Los Angeles. To do so required the crew to adopt an unfamiliar work week - Saturday through Wednesday - so the desired areas would be available. Nabisco's interior offices in New York, however, are a recreation by production designer Linda Pearl. Wide World of Sports (ABC, 4:30-6 p.m., ET): This week's edition covers the finish of the fabled Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. The show also covers the men's competition of a skating contest bearing the highly promotional title "Durasoft Colors World Challenge of Champions." It takes place at the Great Western Forum of Los Angeles. National Press Club (C-Span, 11 a.m. -12 noon; 6-7 p.m.): The morning speaker is Terry Anderson, former Associated Press bureau chief who was a hostage in Beirut. In the evening, Ross Perot gives a talk. Radio-Television Correspondents Association Dinner (C-Span, 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., ET): At press time President Clinton was scheduled to speak at this annual event.

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