Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, Dec. 3-5, 1999

Published December 3, 1999 5:00PM (EST)


Christina Ricci hosts Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), with music from Beck, so make sure a tape's in the VCR. Al Franken's canceled NBC comedy Lateline (11:30 p.m. Sat., Showtime) gets new life on cable; Showtime will air episodes that never saw the light of prime time for NBC. The Simpsons (8 p.m. Sun., Fox) reruns its Bible stories episode, while Felicity (8 p.m. Sun., WB) reruns an episode of epic proportions -- the one where she cuts her hair. On The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun., Fox), Mulder and Scully forget all about that New Year's Eve kiss (maybe) and investigate a boy accused of murder with extenuating paranormal circumstances. Sex and the City (9 p.m. Sun., HBO) reruns back-to-back episodes charting the final, final breakup of Carrie and Big. In the first (9 p.m.), Carrie learns to be wary of girls in their 20s; in the second (9:30), she resolves to be friends with her ex, until he drops a bombshell.

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That depressing yuletide classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas (8 p.m. Fri., CBS), is back to send little children into a nameless funk once again. Dennis Miller: The Millennium Special (10 p.m. Sat., HBO) finds Mr. Smarty waxing sarcastic over 1,000 years of current events. Rosie O'Donnell gets into the spirit with A Rosie Christmas (8 p.m. Sun., ABC), featuring Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Donny Osmond, 'N Sync and Elmo, among others. Patrick Stewart stars as Scrooge in the new cable version of A Christmas Carol (8 p.m. Sun., TNT). A newly restored version of Erich von Stroheim's 1924 classic Greed (8 p.m. Sun., Turner Classic Movies), pieced together by Rick Schmidlin (who did the recent restoration of Orson Welles' "A Touch of Evil") , airs in a four-hour block. Julie Andrews hosts My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies (check local times, Sun., PBS), in which song and dance divas do their signature numbers. The new TV movie Tuesdays with Morrie (9 p.m. Sun., ABC) is an Oprah Winfrey-produced adaptation of sportswriter Mitch Albom's bestseller about his conversations with his dying mentor. Hank Azaria plays Albom, Jack Lemmon is the mentor, sociology professor Morrie Schwartz. Heather Locklear and Puff Daddy host the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards (9 p.m. Sun., VH1), with music from Beck, Foo Fighters, TLC and Jennifer Lopez and well-dressed appearances by Cindy Crawford, Claire Danes, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharon Stone, Rupert Everett and others.

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


Sharks at Blues (8 p.m. Sat., ESPN2)


Colts at Dolphins, Jets at Giants or Titans at Ravens (1 p.m. Sun., CBS)

Packers at Bears, 49ers at Bengals, Cardinals at Panthers, Saints at Falcons or Redskins at Lions (1 p.m. Sun., Fox)

Chiefs at Broncos, Browns at Chargers or Seahawks at Raiders (4 p.m. Sun., CBS)

Cowboys at Patriots (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

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Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Julianne Moore, Gil Bellows

David Letterman (CBS) Geena Davis, Fiona Apple

Jay Leno (NBC) Susan Sarandon, Portia deRossi

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Debbie Harry, Craig Ferguson

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Tim Robbins

By Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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