Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, May 18-20, 2001

Topics: Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons, Television,

Series

Providence (8 p.m. Fri., NBC) ends its season. Popular (9 p.m. Fri., WB) ends its run, having been axed by the WB. Chris Kirkpatrick from ‘N Sync guests on the season finale of Mad TV (11 p.m. Sat., Fox). Christopher Walken hosts the season finale of Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), with music from Weezer. The Simpsons (8 p.m. Sun., Fox) ends season No. 12 with a trio of folk tales starring Homer as Paul Bunyan, Lisa as Johnny (er, Connie) Appleseed and Bart and Nelson as Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. We learn how Malcolm got to be a genius on the season finale of Malcolm in the Middle (8:30 p.m. Sun., Fox). Scully’s baby is born on the season-ending episode of The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun., Fox). It’s a boy! It’s a girl! It’s a … what? The Sopranos (9 p.m. Sun., HBO) wraps up its third season (so soon!) with a power-packed episode in which Tony has to deal with insolence in both of his families.

Specials

It’s franks and beans for everybody as There’s Something About Mary (8 p.m. Fri., Fox) has its network TV premiere. Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz star. Kathie Lee Gifford hosts the 28th annual Daytime Emmy Awards (9 p.m. Fri., NBC). Stanley Tucci and Kenneth Branagh star in the new cable movie Conspiracy (9 p.m. Sat., HBO), which dramatizes the 1942 Wansee conference, at which high-ranking Nazi officers decided upon a plan to eliminate the Jews. For the consequences, see Anne Frank (9 p.m. Sun., ABC), a new miniseries about the teenager whose diary survived the death camps, although she did not. Hannah Taylor Gordon, Lili Taylor and Ben Kingsley star. Mary Tyler Moore gets freaky as a real-life grifter turned thrill killer in the new TV movie Like Mother, Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes (9 p.m. Sun., CBS). With a title like that, how can you go wrong? The new TV movie Submerged (9 p.m. Sun., NBC) is the true story of a 1939 mission to rescue the crew of a disabled sub resting on the ocean floor off the coast of New Hampshire. With Sam Neill and Emily Procter.

Sports

Baseball:
Giants at Braves (7:30 p.m. Fri., 7 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. Sun., TBS)
Dodgers at Mets (1 p.m. Sat., FX)
Indians at Rangers (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

NHL playoffs:
Avalanche at Blues, Game 4 (7 p.m. Fri., ESPN)
Devils at Penguins, Game 4 (3 p.m. Sat., ABC)



NBA playoffs:
Lakers at Spurs, Game 1 (6:30 p.m. Sat., NBC)
76ers at Raptors, Game 6 (8 p.m. Fri., TNT); Game 7 if necessary (Sun., NBC, time to be determined)
Hornets at Bucks, Game 7 if necessary (Sun., NBC, time to be determined)

Talk

Rosie O’Donnell (syndicated) Frankie Muniz
David Letterman (CBS) Kelsey Grammer, Smothers Brothers
Jay Leno (NBC) Gisele, Billy Idol
Dennis Miller (HBO) Richard Schiff
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Alexandra Wentworth
Conan O’Brien (NBC) Will Ferrell, H2O
Craig Kilborn (CBS) Cuba Gooding Jr., Kate Mulgrew

All times Eastern unless noted.

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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