Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, April 30-May 2, 1999


Joyce Millman
April 30, 1999 8:00PM (UTC)

Series

Giardello the Younger and Gharty try to reason with a man holding his children hostage on Homicide: Life on the Street (10 p.m. Fri., NBC). Cops (8 p.m. Sat., Fox) celebrates its 400th episode. On a Martial Law (9 p.m. Sat., CBS) two-parter, Sammo tries to thwart a big opium score planned by his former classmate, the now-evil Lee Hei. Alec Baldwin hosts a rerun of Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), with music from Luciano Pavarotti and Vanessa Williams. Burns feels the heat when a new, nicer billionaire moves into town on The Simpsons (8 p.m. Sun., Fox). Civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks appears as herself on Touched by an Angel (8 p.m. Sun., CBS), as Monica brings harmony to a town torn by racial strife. On The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun., Fox), The Lone Gunmen are in Vegas, where they run into the mysterious Suzanne Modeski; they call in Scully to investigate, promising to show her a real good time. Eugene prepares to defend a rabbi (Michael Tucker) accused of rape on The Practice (10 p.m. Sun., ABC).

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Specials

Barbara Walters raids the clip file for A Celebration: 100 Years of Great Women (9:30 p.m. Fri., ABC),. The show also features new segments with Jane Fonda, Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem and Rosie O'Donnell. Sandler vs. Sandler: The goofball goes golfing in the 1996 comedy Happy Gilmore (8 p.m. Sat., ABC), then plays a fugitive handcuffed to undercover cop Damon Wayans in the 1996 action flick Bulletproof (9 p.m. Sat., NBC). The network premiere of John Travolta's 1996 angel movie Phenomenon (7 p.m. Sun., ABC) contains 10 minutes of previously cut footage. Kyra Sedgwick and Forest Whitaker co-star. The miniseries Noah's Ark (9 p.m. Sun., NBC) stars Jon Voight, Mary Steenburgen and James Coburn and a whole lot of animals. The six-hour nature special Wild Europe (check local times, Sun., PBS) explores flora, fauna and ecology from Norway to Portugal.

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Sports

NHL playoffs:

Penguins at Devils, Game 5 (7:30 p.m. Fri., ESPN); Game 6 (2 p.m. Sun., Fox)

Bruins at Hurricanes, Game 5 (7:30 p.m. Fri., ESPN2)

Conference quarterfinal (7:30 p.m. Sat., ESPN, ESPN2; 7:30 p.m. Sun., ESPN2)

Baseball:

Reds at Braves (7:35 p.m. Fri., 7:05 p.m. Sat., 1:05 p.m. Sun., TBS)

Yankees at Royals (8 p.m. Sat., FX)

Indians at Rangers (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

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Basketball:

Jazz at Rockets (8 p.m. Fri., TNT)

Knicks at Pacers (1 p.m. Sun., NBC)

Lakers at Sonics (3:30 p.m. Sun., NBC)

Horse racing:

The Kentucky Derby (4:30 p.m. Sat., ABC)

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Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Bill Cosby

David Letterman (CBS) Glenn Close

Jay Leno (NBC) Judge Judy, Ginuwine

Charlie Rose (PBS) Natasha Richardson

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Richard Lewis, Lakita Garth

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Matthew Broderick, Michael Moore

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Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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