Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, Oct. 29-31, 1999

Published October 29, 1999 4:00PM (EDT)


In case you haven't seen it yet, NBC is airing two episodes of the excellent comedy-drama Freaks and Geeks this weekend. That's excellent, the way Wayne and Garth from "Wayne's World" would say it, by the way. There's a rerun of the pilot (9 p.m. Fri., NBC) in the time slot the show ought to be in, and a new Halloween episode (8 p.m. Sat., NBC) in its lame current slot. Courteney Cox's husband, David Arquette, plays an overgrown trick-or-treater on The Hughleys (9:30 p.m. Fri., ABC), and what she sees in him heaven only knows. On King of the Hill (7:30 p.m. Sun., Fox), Peggy is jealous when Hank, who's filling in at the school as a shop teacher, is a more popular sub than her. What's the best thing about Halloween? No, not the candy. It's The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror X (8 p.m. Sun., Fox). This year's anthology of terror tales includes a guest appearance from Lucy "Xena" Lawless, a global Y2K catastrophe, courtesy of Homer, and the horror flick parody, "I Know What You Diddily-Iddily-Did," in which Homer tries to cover up Marge's accidental murder of Ned Flanders. Meanwhile, in a Halloween episode of Touched by an Angel (8 p.m. Sun., CBS), the angels try to help a man (Titus Welliver, of "Brooklyn South") who's possessed by a demon. Masterpiece Theatre (check local times Sun., PBS) eschews the holiday completely with "Lost for Words," a quiet little film based on Deric Longden's autobiography about a middle-aged man (Pete Postlethwaite) helping his elderly mum (Dame Thora Hird) through a series of debilitating strokes. The Halloween programming prize of the night goes to Fox for lifting the ban on the grisliest episode of The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun., Fox) ever. Yep, it's the first network rerun of "Home," the one where inbred brothers keep making deformed babies with their mom, who lives under the bed. Don't even think about eating during this one.

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Horrormeister Roger Corman hosts Monsterfest (beginning 9 p.m. Fri., American Movie Classics), a marathon of horror flicks that runs all weekend. Halloween wouldnt be Halloween without a showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (7 p.m. Sun., VH1). But if you really want to be scared, there's Judd Nelson and Paula Abdul in the TV movie Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed Story (9 p.m. Sun., NBC).

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Blackhawks at Red Wings (7 p.m. Fri., ESPN)


Bills at Ravens, Browns at Saints, Jaguars at Bengals or Chargers at Chiefs (1 p.m. Sun., CBS)

Rams at Titans or regional action (1 p.m. Sun., Fox)

Dolphins at Raiders or Patriots at Cardinals (4 p.m. Sun., CBS)

Cowboys at Colts (4 p.m. Sun., Fox)

Buccaneers at Lions (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

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Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Kathy Griffin, Al Roker

David Letterman (CBS) Meryl Streep, Harmony Korine, Natalie Merchant

Jay Leno (NBC) Sarah Jessica Parker (rerun)

Chris Rock (HBO) Colin Quinn

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Deborah Gibson, Poppy Z. Brite

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Jason Priestley, Roshumba (rerun)

By Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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