Nickelodeon (Sat., July 6, 5 P.M. ET)
In the real world, the only good thing about summer camp is calamine lotion. But in TV movies and films, it's as if summer camp is raucous fun. If you've never seen Bill Murray in Meatballs, the ultimate camp film, Salute Your Shorts is a place to start. Here's the story: New kid (Eric Mac-Arthur) comes to camp. Nerd (Tim Eyster) befriends him. Bully (Danny Cooksey) bullies him. Campers volley gross jokes. Boys raid girls' cabin. Bonehead counselor (Kirk Baily) is routinely humiliated. The only real surprise is that the show was produced by Twin Peaks mastermind David Lynch's Propaganda Films.
HBO (Mon., July 8, 10 P.M. ET)
This special—skillfully drawn from old 8-mm and 16-mm color footage shot by fans and ballplayers—offers a fresh look at major league baseball from the 1930s through the 1950s. The legends—Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays among them—appear in their prime in what amounts to a collection of home movies that will warm fans up for Tuesday's All-Star Game on CBS.
PBS (Tues., July 9, 9 P.M. ET)
If good intentions were gold, this National Audubon Society season opener could finance the cleanup of every polluted beach on the planet. However, good intentions don't always make for good programs, and Danger at the Beach lies like an oil slick on the shoreline.
Host Ted Danson declares that the only way to clean up the nation's polluted shoreline is for individuals to get into the act. However, as he travels around the country pointing a finger at filthy waterways, he is all too murky when it comes to specific suggestions. And the program trots out too many experts who merely complain about the mess. It gets so dreary that it seems that the only thing to do is jump off the planet.
'Tis the week for technicolor skyworks, with enough snap, crackle and pop to send the family pet cowering. So get your franks on the barbie before sunset and pull up a chair for a front-row view. Among the fireworks on parade are the following: Disney's Great American Celebration on CBS (Thurs., July 4, 8 P.M. ET), filmed at Disneyland and Disney World, hosted by Robert Guillaume and Connie Sellecca, and A Capitol Fourth on PBS (Thurs., July 4, 8 P.M. ET), which will be broadcast live from Washington, D.C., with Tony Bennett, Cab Calloway, Barbara Mandrell, Sheena Easton and Diahann Carroll performing.