Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, Dec. 10-12, 1999


Joyce Millman
December 10, 1999 10:00PM (UTC)

Series

In case you missed it, the first episode of Roswell (8 p.m. Fri., WB) reruns in a special Friday time slot. Danny DeVito hosts Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), with music from R.E.M. Fearing he has contracted rabies from Bobby's new pet raccoon, Dale sequesters himself in the woods on King of the Hill (7:30 p.m. Sun., Fox). The head of Richard Nixon makes a political comeback attached to the body of a certain robot on Futurama (8:30 p.m. Sun., Fox). On The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun., Fox), Mulder and Scully are on the case of a guy who seems to be extraordinarily lucky. All the sordid details about life behind the scenes of "Gilligan's Island" are revealed on a new E! True Hollywood Story (9 p.m. Sun., E!). What, was the professor boffing Ginger, Mary Ann and Mrs. Howell? Bobby throws a tantrum in court during his defense of a slimy drug dealer on The Practice (10 p.m. Sun., ABC).

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Specials

Humiliating career choices they wish they'd never made: Drew Barrymore and Keanu Reeves cavort wholesomely in the 1986 Christmas operetta Babes in Toyland (8 p.m. Fri., Fox Family). Keanu: "Hey, where are the babes?" David Lynch's Lost Highway (9 p.m. EST/9:30 PST, Fri., Bravo) was either a masterpiece or an incomprehensible bomb, depending on who you ask. Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette and Robert Blake star. Kenan Thompson hosts Nickelodeon's Big Help Concert (8 p.m. Sat., Nick), in which Britney Spears, Puff Daddy and 'N Sync are among the performers urging kids to sign up for various volunteer projects around the country. The new cable movie Witness Protection (8 p.m. Sat., HBO) stars Tom Sizemore and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio as a mob couple forced to throw themselves on the mercy of the feds. Forest Whitaker co-stars. Scott Hamilton, Tara Lipinski, Kristi Yamaguchi and Kurt Browning are among the skaters in Stars on Ice (8:30 p.m. Sat., CBS). Gene Wilder returns as a 1930s theater director and part-time sleuth in the new cable movie The Lady in Question (8 p.m. EST/7 PST, Sun., A&E). With Cherry Jones and Claire Bloom. Randall Batinkoff dons smoking jacket and ascot for the title role of Hefner: Unauthorized (8 p.m. Sun., USA), a new cable movie about the Playboy founder, from the perspective of confidante and assistant Bobbie Arnstein (Natasha Gregson Wagner). Brendan Fraser hosts Christmas in Washington (8 p.m. Sun., TNT), featuring the lighting of the White House tree by the Clintons and performances by Jewel, 98 Degrees, Christina Aguilera and B.B. King. Christina Aguilera? Jewel? Oh, Hillary, be on your guard. The new TV movie A Season for Miracles (9 p.m. Sun., CBS) stars Carla Gugino as the caretaker of two orphans, and Patty Duke as an angel who guides them to happiness. Awwww. The documentary In Search of Liberty Bell 7 (9 p.m. Sun., Discovery Channel) chronicles the efforts of a Discovery Channel funded expedition to raise astronaut Gus Grissom's spacecraft from the bottom of the Atlantic, where it sank during splashdown in 1961.

Sports

Basketball:

76ers at Knicks (8 p.m. Fri., TNT)

Hockey:

Stars at Blues (9 p.m. Sat., ESPN2)

Football:

Ravens at Steelers, Browns at Bengals or Patriots at Colts (1 p.m. Sun., CBS)

Eagles at Cowboys or Rams at Saints (1 p.m. Sun., Fox)

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

Vikings at Chiefs (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

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Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Geena Davis, Ally Sheedy, Fiona Apple

David Letterman (CBS) Julia Roberts (rerun)

Jay Leno (NBC) Cate Blanchett, Bob Costas, Beck

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Wrestlers Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Medusa

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Kevin Spacey, Christina Applegate (rerun)

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Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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