Salon's TV picks for Weekend, April 6-8, 2001
Popstars (8:30 p.m. Fri., WB) ends its first season with Eden’s Crush on their way to stardom, or something close to it. Next week: “Making the Band” returns! On Joan Lunden’s series Behind Closed Doors (9 p.m. Fri., A&E), Lunden goes behind the scenes of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and “All My Children.” Egg: The Arts Show (10 p.m. Fri., PBS, check local listings) opens a new season; the series profiles artists, famous and obscure, from all disciplines. Alec Baldwin hosts Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), with music from Coldplay. Hank becomes an unlikely environmentalist on King of the Hill (7:30 p.m. Sun., Fox). On The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun., Fox), the born-again Mulder and the suspicious Doggett get into a turf war. E! True Hollywood Story (9 p.m. Sun., E!) looks at the history of the Comedy Store, the club where Robin Williams, Jim Carrey, David Letterman and others honed their chops. On The Sopranos (9 p.m. Sun., HBO), Christopher has trouble getting with the program; so does Anthony Jr. America Undercover (10 p.m. Sun., HBO) presents “Naked States,” a documentary about photographer Spencer Tunick and his quest to take pictures of nude people in public in all 50 states.
Saturday, at the first Seder of Passover, we will ask the question, “Why is this night different from all others?” And the answer will be: Because the Boss is on TV! Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Live in New York City (9 p.m. Sat., HBO) was taped over two nights last year at the Madison Square Garden finale of the band’s reunion tour. This is a rare TV gig for Springsteen and the E Streeters (although drummer Max Weinberg and guitarist Steven Van Zandt have a couple of nice little TV projects going for themselves these days). The concert is slated to run a little under two hours and features old favorites (“Prove It All Night,” “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” “Born to Run”) as well as the new songs “Land of Hope and Dreams” and “American Skin (41 Shots).” So wind up the Seder early, crack a bottle of Manischewitz (don’t forget to pour a cup for the Big Man) and settle down to witness rock ‘n’ roll miracles. For those of you who prefer more traditional Passover TV fare, The Ten Commandments (7 p.m. Sun., ABC) gets its annual airing. Golden girl Julia Roberts plays a law student who uncovers an assassination plot in a rerun of the 1993 thriller The Pelican Brief (8 p.m. Sun., NBC). The new miniseries Horatio Hornblower: The Mutiny (8 p.m. Sun., A&E), a continuation of the 1998 miniseries, stars Ioan Gruffudd as C.S. Forester’s dashing naval hero, who finds himself in a bit of a pickle after seizing control of a ship from its crazed captain (David Warner). The cable movie Club Land (8 p.m. Sun., Showtime), written by and starring Steven Weber, is a comedy-drama about father and son talent agents in the 1950s. Alan Alda, Saul Rubinek and Brad Garrett also star. The 2000 miniseries Jesus (9 p.m. Sun., CBS) gets a repeat airing. Jeremy Sisto has the title role; the cast includes Jacqueline Bisset, Debra Messing, Jeroen Krabbe and Gary Oldman (as Pontius Pilate, of course). Allosaurus: A Walking With Dinosaurs Special (9 p.m. Sun., Discovery) uses computer animation to reconstruct a possible day in the life of the 145 million-year-old carnivore.
Braves at Marlins (7 p.m. Fri. and Sat., TBS; 1 p.m. Sun., TBS)
Mariners at Rangers (8 p.m. Sat., FX)
Giants at Dodgers (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)
Knicks at Heat (12:30 p.m. Sun., NBC)
Trail Blazers at Kings (3 p.m. Sun., NBC)
Lakers at Timberwolves (5:30 p.m. Sun., NBC)
Capitals at Sabres (8 p.m. Fri., ESPN)
Stars at Sharks (3 p.m. Sat., ABC)
Flyers at Sabres (3 p.m. Sun., ESPN2)
Rosie O’Donnell (syndicated) Steven Weber, Connie Britten
David Letterman (CBS) Carson Daly
Jay Leno (NBC) Marcia Gay Harden, Mel C
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Kathy Griffin, Marilyn Manson
Conan O’Brien (NBC) Paul Reubens, Eliza Carthy
All times Eastern unless noted.
Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area. More Joyce Millman.
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