Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, Jan. 5-7, 2001

Topics: The Simpsons, Television,

Series

On a rerun of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (9 p.m. Fri., CBS), Grissom takes over as head of the unit and leads the investigation into the death of a rookie criminologist. The new reality series After Midnight (10:30 p.m. Fri., Discovery) looks at Miami after dark. That’s when Katherine Harris comes out to feed. On a new Futurama (7 p.m. Sun., Fox), the crew is stranded on a planet inhabited by Amazon babes. Scientists fix Homer’s brain, but he liked it better when he was dumb, on The Simpsons (8 p.m. Sun., Fox). The great Bob Newhart is the subject of a two-hour Biography (8 p.m. Sun., A&E) titled “The Last Sane Man.” On Malcolm in the Middle (8:30 p.m. Sun., Fox), Lois makes Malcolm work for a nasty old woman whose arm he accidentally broke. E! True Hollywood Story (9 p.m. Sun., E!) uncovers dirt on “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Whee, dogies! The new series The Division (9 p.m. Sun., Lifetime) premieres. Bonnie Bedelia, Nancy McKeon and Lela Rochon are among the stars of this drama about five female detectives on the San Francisco police force. Sort of like “Cagney and Lacey and Lacey and Lacey and Lacey.” Bobby and Jimmy’s relationship reaches a breaking point when Bobby defends his friend Scott on another murder charge on The Practice (10 p.m. Sun., ABC). Oz (10 p.m. Sun., HBO) opens a new season with Ally Sheedy and Roger Rees as a TV newsmagazine producer and reporter filming inside the prison. Justin’s mother tries to cope with his homosexuality on Queer as Folk (10 p.m. Sun., Showtime). After a rare successful viewer lobbying campaign, La Femme Nikita (10 p.m. Sun., USA) returns from cancellation with the first of eight new episodes. Nikita gears up for what she hopes will be her last mission, after being revealed as an internal investigator for the organization.

Specials

Gerard Depardieu is Jean Valjean and John Malkovich is Javert in a new, four-hour cable adaptation of Les Miserables (7 p.m. Sun., Fox Family). The new cable movie The Sports Pages (8 p.m. Sun., Showtime) strings together two sports-themed comedic tales. The first stars Bob Newhart as a guy who has had enough of his golf partner (Kelsey Grammer); the second dramatizes the notorious “Heidi” Bowl incident of 1968, when NBC cut away from a football game in the last quarter to broadcast a kids movie. Kevin James hosts The People’s Choice Awards (9 p.m. Sun., CBS), in which America votes for its favorite movies, TV shows, music and performers of the past year. Guess what? All the categories end up in ties.



Sports

NFL playoffs:
Saints at Vikings (12:30 p.m. Sat., Fox)
Dolphins at Raiders (4 p.m. Sat., CBS)
Ravens at Titans (12:30 p.m. Sun., CBS)
Eagles at Giants (4 p.m. Sun., Fox)

Hockey:
Avalanche at Hurricanes (7 p.m. Sat., ESPN2)
Avalanche at Red Wings (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

Talk

Rosie O’Donnell (syndicated) Rachael Leigh Cook
David Letterman (CBS) Bruce Willis, Charles Barkley (rerun)
Jay Leno (NBC) Milla Jovovich, Richard Lewis, Everclear
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Traci Lords, Art Alexakis
Conan O’Brien (NBC) Tom Brokaw
Craig Kilborn (CBS) Kevin James

All times Eastern unless noted.

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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