With the new Congress in session and the countdown to a possible war with Iraq moving forward, the weekend talk shows will be heavy with more-pressing-than-usual news and opinions. Meanwhile, NBC will try to buck its trend of ratings flops on Sunday nights with two new shows from its news department.
"Real Life With Jane Pauley," 8 p.m. (4)(36)(39), gives the former and much beloved host of "Today" a new job and a chance to chronicle the quirks and realities of contemporary life. "Expose," anchored by Tom Brokaw, debuts at 8:30 p.m. with an investigative report on Americans who have been tortured in foreign jails. (See story, F8.)