Salon's TV picks for Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 1-4, 2000
On Making the Band (9:30 p.m. Fri., ABC), O-Town heads to Cancun to chill out, but one of the boys comes home with a broken heart. Backstory (5:30 p.m. ET/9 PT, Sat., American Movie Classics) looks at the making of the WWII epic “The Longest Day.” The movie follows. The updated The Outer Limits (8 p.m. Sun., Showtime) ends its run with a 90-minute finale featuring a liberal’s most terrifying nightmare: Supreme Court Justice Charlton Heston. E! True Hollywood Story (9 p.m. Sun., E!) does some dirty dissing about the making of “Dirty Dancing.” Moesha (8 p.m. Mon., UPN) opens its sixth season. With the future of UPN up in the air, black sitcoms may soon be homeless. As Chris Rock said on his recent season opener, “we could go from ‘Moesha’ to ‘no-esha’.” Biography (8 p.m. Mon., A&E) kicks off “Batman Week” with a new episode titled (no kidding) “Adam West: Behind the Cowl.”
Former “Talk Soup” guy John Henson hosts The Television Show (10 p.m. Sat., ABC), a special/pilot that spotlights weird bits and bloopers from TV around the world. Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 crime drama Jackie Brown (8 p.m. Sun., FX) restored Pam Grier to much-deserved leading lady status. Robert DeNiro, Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Forster costar in this adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s “Rum Punch.” Great soundtrack. Nathan Lane plays tour guide for a trip along Venice’s Grand Canal on the latest installment of Great Streets (9 p.m. Sun., PBS, check local times). It’s Labor Day and you know what that means: Jerry! The 35th annual Jerry Lewis Telethon (Sun. and Mon., check local times and stations) does its thing to benefit muscular dystrophy. The incomparable Jerry — his hair is now so brilliantined, it looks like a black plastic wig — and Ed McMahon host. Why spend the traditional end of summer outdoors when you can draw the curtains and go on a TV binge? There’s a 10-hour ER marathon (beginning 9 a.m. Mon., TNT) and a four-hour Facts of Life marathon (beginning 8:30 p.m. Mon., Nickelodeon). The two-hour documentary Child Stars: Their Story (9 p.m. Mon., A&E) gives everyone from Jackie Cooper to Patty Duke to Fred Savage to Malcolm-Jamal Warner (and probably a couple of “Facts of Life” girls as well) the chance to vent about their traumatic experiences as the idols of millions.
Braves at Astros (8 p.m. Fri., Sat., TBS)
Mariners at Red Sox or regional action (1 p.m. Sat., Fox)
Cubs at Giants (4 p.m. Sat., Fox)
Expos at Reds (10 p.m. Sat., FX)
Mariners at Red Sox (1 p.m. Mon., ESPN)
Mets at Reds (1 p.m. Mon., ESPN2)
Yankees at Royals (8 p.m. Mon., ESPN2)
Pirates at Dodgers (9 p.m. Mon., ESPN)
Ravens at Steelers, Colts at Chiefs or Jaguars at Browns (1 p.m. Sun., CBS)
Cardinals at Giants, Panthers at Redskins, Buccaneers at Patriots or 49ers at Falcons (1 p.m. Sun., Fox)
Eagles at Cowboys (3 p.m. Sun., Fox)
Jets at Packers, Chargers at Raiders or Seahawks at Dolphins (4 p.m. Sun., CBS)
Titans at Bills (8:30 p.m. Sun., ESPN)
Broncos at Rams (9 p.m. Mon., ABC)
Rosie O’Donnell (syndicated) Stone Phillips (rerun)
David Letterman (CBS) D.L. Hughley
Chris Rock (HBO) “Divorce Court” host
Jay Leno (NBC) Tom Cruise, Tracey Ullman (rerun)
Conan O’Brien (NBC) Nathan Lane, Rachel Dratch (rerun)
Craig Kilborn (CBS) Marlon and Shawn Wayans (rerun)
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