Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, April 27-29, 2001

Topics: The Simpsons, Television,

Series

On Making the Band (8:30 p.m. Fri., ABC), Jacob is one unhappy O-Townie when his vocals are removed from more tracks during a recording session in London. CSI (9 p.m. Fri., CBS) returns to its old time slot with a bonus rerun; it’s the one where a woman’s body found in a supermarket restroom appears to be the work of a serial killer. Tom Green and Green Day — hey, a theme show! — guest on Mad TV (11 p.m. Sat., Fox). Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC) has a “Best of Molly Shannon” clip show. A three-episode Simpsons marathon (7 p.m. Sun., Fox) begins with two reruns (Homer builds a tennis court; Sideshow Bob hypnotizes Bart to kill Krusty), then airs a new episode in the regular 8 p.m. slot. Valerie Bertinelli returns to TV as a new cast member of Touched by an Angel (8 p.m. Sun., CBS). The episode also features Annabella Sciorra, last seen boffing Tony Soprano in the Garden of Eden, as a scientist intent on successfully cloning a human. The angels don’t think that’s a good idea. On The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun., Fox), Mulder and Doggett investigate the mysterious deaths of two oil rig workers, which seems to be the work of the black oil (remember that?). Christmas on The Sopranos (9 p.m. Sun., HBO) just isn’t the same without Pussy around to wear the Santa suit.

Specials

The Bee Gees chirp all the old faves in Live by Request (9 p.m. Fri., A&E). Billy Crystal directs 61* (9 p.m. Sat., HBO), the story of the race between the Yankees’ Mickey Mantle (Thomas Jane) and Roger Maris (Barry Pepper) to break Babe Ruth’s home run record. Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer take the Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda roles in a remake of On Golden Pond (9 p.m. Sun., CBS). Anna Deavere Smith’s acclaimed one-woman play Twilight: Los Angeles (9 p.m. Sun., PBS, check local listings) explores the 1992 Rodney King riots from the perspective of a diverse group of Los Angelenos. Lisa Abelow Hedley’s documentary Dwarfs: Not a Fairy Tale (10 p.m. Sun., HBO) profiles people of small stature in all walks of life.

Sports

NBA playoffs:
Heat at Hornets, Game 3 (8 p.m. Fri., TNT)
76ers at Pacers, Game 3 (12:30 p.m. Sat., NBC)
Jazz at Mavericks, Game 3 (3 p.m. Sat., NBC)
Spurs at Timberwolves, Game 3 (5:30 p.m. Sat., NBC)
Bucks at Magic, Game 3 (8:30 p.m. Sat., TNT)
Knicks at Raptors, Game 3 (12:30 p.m. Sun., NBC)
Kings at Suns, Game 3 (3 p.m. Sun., NBC)
Lakers at Trail Blazers, Game 3 (5:30 p.m. Sun., NBC)



NHL playoffs:
Blues at Stars, Games 1 and 2 (7 p.m. Fri., ESPN; 7:30 p.m. Sun., ESPN2)
Kings at Avalanche, Game 2, or Penguins at Sabres, Game 2 (3 p.m. Sat., ABC)
Maple Leafs at Devils, Game 2 (7 p.m. Sat., ESPN)

Baseball:
Rangers at Indians (7 p.m. Sat., FX)
Braves at Diamondbacks (10 p.m. Sat., TBS; 8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

Talk

Rosie O’Donnell (syndicated) Uma Thurman, the Bee Gees
David Letterman (CBS) John Goodman
Jay Leno (NBC) George Carlin
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Jerry Springer, Jerry Falwell
Conan O’Brien (NBC) Matt Dillon, Our Lady Peace
Craig Kilborn (CBS) Paul Reiser, Five for Fighting

All times Eastern unless noted.

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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