Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for
Weekend, Oct. 15-17, 1999

Published October 15, 1999 4:00PM (EDT)

Fall premieres

No, the new drama Ryan Caulfield, Year One (8 p.m. Fri., Fox) is not about a newborn baby. It's about a rookie cop working the roughest section of Philadelphia. Sean Maher stars. Nickelodeon unveils two new shows. The Amanda Show (8:30 p.m. Sat., Nickelodeon) is a sketch comedy series starring Amanda Bynes of "All That," one of the funniest women on TV -- and she's only 13. In 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd (9 p.m. Sat., Nickelodeon), a bully is punished for his nasty ways by a mysterious stranger who turns him into a dog. He then has to perform 100 good deeds to turn human again. It's "Angel," without the vampires! Seth Green ("Buffy," "Austin Powers") provides the voice of the dog.

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Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends (8 p.m. Fri.,, Bravo) finds the former "TV Nation" correspondent visiting the filming of a porn movie. Wiseman is ordered to accompany a government assassin to Hong Kong to eliminate an American double-agent on Now and Again (9 p.m. Fri., CBS). Heather Graham hosts Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), with music from Marc Anthony. Felicity and Julie have a nice long chat while they're trapped on a stalled subway train on Felicity (8 p.m. Sun., WB). Bobby fears his mentor is losing his mind on The Practice (10 p.m. Sun., ABC).

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The new cable movie Excellent Cadavers (8 p.m. Sat., HBO) stars Chazz Palminteri in the true story of a Sicilian magistrate who took on the Mafia. In Paul McCartney and Friends: The PETA Concert (10 p.m. Sat., VH1), McCartney and other animal rights activist performers pay tribute to Linda McCartney. With Sarah McLachlan, Chrissie Hynde, the B-52s, Ellen DeGeneres and Pamela Anderson Lee. The two-hour "Biography" special Pablo Picasso: A Primitive Soul (8 p.m. EDT/9 PDT, Sun., A&E) profiles the legendary painter, with comments from son Claude, daughter Maya, former lover Francoise Gilot and others. Hollywood Salutes Jodie Foster (8 p.m. Sun., TNT) is a gala "American Cinematheque" tribute to the star of "The Silence of the Lambs," "The Accused," "Taxi Driver" and lest we forget, "Nell." David Hyde Pierce hosts, with appearances by Mel Gibson, Whoopi Goldberg, Anthony Hopkins, Gillian Anderson, Rob Lowe and others. The new TV movie Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed Story (9 p.m. Sun., NBC) stars Judd Nelson as the disc jockey in 1950s Cleveland who was one of the first in his business to see the allure of rock 'n' roll. With Madchen Amick, Paula Abdul and Leon. Farrah Fawcett plays a good-time gal who changes her ways when she returns home to fight for her family's farm in the new TV movie Silk Hope (9 p.m. Sun., CBS). Learn how to throw a Halloween bash that would even scare the pants off Martha Stewart in Haunted House Party (9 p.m. Sun., Food Network). The co-creator (and George Costanza inspiration) of "Seinfeld" gets his own cable special in Larry David: Curb Your Enthusiasm (10 p.m. Sun., HBO), an hour-long mockumentary featuring cameos from Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Richard Lewis, among others.

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National League Championship Series:

Braves at Mets (Game 3, 8 p.m. Fri., NBC; Game 4, 7:30 p.m. Sat., NBC; Game 5, if necessary, 4 p.m. Sun., NBC).

American League Championship Series:

Yankees at Red Sox (Game 3, 4 p.m. Sat., Fox; Game 4, 7:30 p.m. Sun., Fox)


Browns at Jaguars, Colts at Jets, Dolphins at Patriots, Raiders at Bills, Steelers at Bengals or Titans at Saints (1 p.m. Sun., CBS)

Vikings at Lions, Eagles at Bears, Rams at Falcons or Panthers at 49ers (1 p.m. Sun., Fox)

Seahawks at Chargers (4 p.m. Sun., CBS)

Packers at Broncos (4 p.m. Sun., Fox)

Redskins at Cardinals (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

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Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Judith Light, Bill Nye

David Letterman (CBS) Patricia Arquette, Harmony Korine, Moby

Jay Leno (NBC) Kevin Spacey, Lacey Chabert, Blink 182

Chris Rock (HBO) San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Melissa Rivers, Beth Littleford

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Jon Stewart, Mariska Hargitay, Paula Cole

By Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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