Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, Aug. 10-12, 2001

Topics: James Franco, Sex and the City, Television,

Series

The new animated series Samurai Jack (7 p.m. Fri., Cartoon Network) premieres with a 90-minute opener. Genndy Tartakovsky (“Dexter’s Laboratory”) created this series about a samurai warrior from the past displaced to the future by an evil force. The reality series Women Docs (10 p.m. Sat., Lifetime) goes into the operating room with real-life female surgeons. Conan O’Brien hosts a rerun of Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC) with music from Don Henley. On a rerun of Futurama (7 p.m. Sun., Fox), Leela is seeing things from a new perspective when a doctor gives her a second eye. You have one more chance to see the Buffy the Vampire Slayer (7 p.m. Sun., WB) season finale on WB. The UPN premiere date has been moved up a week; the new season now begins Oct. 2. See Tony have his very first panic attack as The Sopranos (8 p.m. Sun., HBO) begins a rerun of all three seasons, in order, starting with the 1999 pilot. Sex and the City (9 p.m. Sun., HBO) airs its last episode until January, when the series returns to finish the season. This weird bit of programming makes way for the Tom Hanks’-produced series “Band of Brothers,” plus the return of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” plus the “Sopranos” reruns. Anyway, after last week’s shocker, Miranda and Steve talk about the future, Trey throws a crimp into Charlotte’s baby plans and Carrie is caught between a rock and a hard place, or rather, between Aidan and Big.

Specials

Here’s another chance to catch James Franco’s amazing performance in James Dean (8 p.m. Fri., TNT). The new cable movie Dinner With Friends (9 p.m. Sat., HBO) stars Dennis Quaid and Andie MacDowell as a yuppie couple whose marriage is called into question when their friends (Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette) break up. Donald Margulies adapted his Pulitzer Prize-winning play; Norman Jewison directs. The 1998 thriller The Replacement Killers (8 p.m. Sun., WB) marked the American film debut of Chow Yun-Fat, as a contract killer having a crisis of conscience. Mira Sorvino costars. A Catholic boy (Peter Tambakis) learns a lesson in tolerance from a rabbi (Stephen Rea) in a cable adaptation of Pete Hamill’s novel Snow in August (8 p.m. Sun., Showtime). The annual Shark Week (9 p.m. Sun., Discovery Channel) kicks off with “Air Jaws: Sharks of South Africa,” a documentary that captures great whites leaping into the air as they prey upon poor little seals. Just what sharks need lately, more bad press.



Sports

Baseball:
Diamondbacks at Braves (7:30 p.m. Fri., TBS)
Indians at Rangers (8:30 p.m. Sat., FX)
White Sox at Mariners (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

Exhibition football:
Vikings vs. Saints (8 p.m. Sat., ESPN)

Talk

Rosie O’Donnell (syndicated) Sissy Spacek (rerun)
David Letterman (CBS) Heath Ledger, Lewis Black (rerun)
Jay Leno (NBC) Cuba Gooding Jr., Lil’ Mo
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Roger Daltrey, Richard Roeper
Dennis Miller (HBO) Ray Romano
Conan O’Brien (NBC) Andy Dick, Slipknot

All times Eastern unless noted.

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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