Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Holiday Weekend, Jan. 12-15

Topics: The Simpsons, Television,

Series

Grissom investigates a serial killing on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (9 p.m. Fri., CBS). The female version of “Making the Band,” Popstars (9 p.m. Fri., WB), follows the creation of a girl band from auditions to (maybe) stardom, all under the watchful eye of Grammy-winning schlock music producer David Foster (Whitney Houston, Michael Bolton, Celine Dion). Oh, sweet, delicious reality kitsch! (By the way, “Popstars” is the American remake of an Australian TV phenomenon.) Norm (9:30 p.m. Fri., ABC) scores a minor casting coup when Tom Smothers guests as Norm’s estranged dad. Dennis Miller Live (11:30 p.m. Fri., HBO) opens a new season, babe. Seven hours of heaven: The Freaks and Geeks marathon (beginning 4 p.m. Sat., Fox Family) unspools seven episodes in a row, with bonus outtakes and flubs. The new reality series NTSB: Crash Cops (8 p.m. Sat., Discovery) goes behind the scenes with National Transportation Safety Board investigators as they do their grisly duty. The Jamie Foxx Show (7 p.m. Sun., WB) ends its run with Jamie and Fancy’s mishap-filled wedding day. Gladys Knight is on board, so you know there’ll be some fine wedding tunes. The new live-action kids’ series Taina (7 p.m. Sun., Nickelodeon) stars Christina Vidal as a 15-year-old aspiring singer attending a Manhattan high school for the arts. On The Simpsons (8 p.m. Sun., Fox), Marge takes an artistic prison inmate (voice of Michael Keaton) under her wing. Mike Myers gets the ultimate tribute — his very own two-hour Inside the Actors Studio (8 p.m. ET/ 9 PT, Sun., Bravo) episode. Yeah, one hour for him, one hour for Dr. Evil. Bobby is on trial for his role in the slaying of Lindsay’s psycho stalker on The Practice (10 p.m. Sun., ABC). Luke Perry guests on Oz (10 p.m. Sun., HBO) as a televangelist imprisoned for embezzlement. On Ally McBeal (9 p.m. Mon., Fox), Larry learns that his ex (Famke Janssen) wants to move to Canada with their son. The new courtroom drama 100 Centre Street (9 p.m. Mon., A&E) begins with a two-hour episode written and directed by series creator Sidney Lumet (“Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon”). This is a sharp, well-cast show about the judges, lawyers and defendants who pass through Manhattan’s Criminal Court; it’s the perfect complement to all of those “Law & Order” reruns A&E airs. Alan Arkin, LaTanya Richardson and Paula Devicq head the cast. On Cold Feet (10 p.m. Mon., Bravo) (you are watching this, aren’t you?), Rachel and Adam go apartment hunting and Pete and Jenny adjust to life with baby.

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Specials

She played a hooker whose voice was full of helium in “Mighty Aphrodite,” but in this new adaptation of The Great Gatsby (8 p.m. Sun., A&E), Mira Sorvino is Daisy Buchanan, whose “voice was full of money.” Sounds like a bit of a stretch to me. Toby Stephens has the title role. Can’t get enough of Michelle Yeoh’s mighty fu moves? Catch her in the network premiere of the 1997 James Bond caper Tomorrow Never Dies (8:30 p.m. Sun., CBS). Pierce Brosnan stars. The 1970 rockumentary Elvis: That’s the Way It Is — Special Edition (8 p.m. ET/ 9 PT, Mon., Turner Classic Movies) captures the King (not quite enormous yet, but on his way) in concert in Vegas. The film has been reedited, restored and remixed, with four more songs than the original version. Jeff Bridges hosts The 100 Greatest Albums of Rock and Roll (10 p.m. Mon., VH1), a five-night countdown.

Sports

Basketball:
Trail Blazers at Knicks (5:30 p.m. Sat., NBC)

Hockey:
Blues at Kings (9:30 p.m. Sat., ESPN2)
Avalanche at Blackhawks (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN2)
Stars at Panthers (7 p.m. Mon., ESN2)

National Football Conference Championship:
Vikings at Giants (12:30 p.m. Sun., Fox)

American Football Conference Championship:
Ravens at Raiders (4 p.m. Sun., CBS)

Talk

Rosie O’Donnell (syndicated) Dennis Quaid, Rosanne Cash
David Letterman (CBS) Christine Baranski, Seal
Jay Leno (NBC) Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ryan Phillippe
Conan O’Brien (NBC) Mira Sorvino, Richard Lewis
Craig Kilborn (CBS) Tim Robbins

All times Eastern unless noted.

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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