Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for
Weekend, Jan. 7-9, 2000


Joyce Millman
January 7, 2000 10:00PM (UTC)

Series

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (10 p.m. Fri., NBC) moves to the old "Homicide" time slot with a grim episode about a waitress (guest Tracy Pollan) struggling with the aftermath of rape. Dick Clark hosts the new game show Winning Lines (8 p.m. Sat., CBS), based on a British series that was created by the team that gave us "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." Yes, the prize here is also one meel-ion dollars. Biography (8 p.m. EST/9 PST. Sat., A&E) presents a new profile of George Washington. Jonathan Winters is the guest on Uncomfortably Close with Michael McKean (9:30 p.m. Sat., Comedy Central). Jamie Foxx hosts Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), with music from Blink 182. Bobby cheats on an essay writing assignment on King of the Hill (7:30 p.m. Sun., Fox). Heather Locklear provides the voice of his teacher. Yet another new game show, Twenty One (8 p.m. Sun., NBC) debuts. Actually, it's a remake of the old game show that was tainted in the '50s quiz show scandal. Maury Povich hosts. The new sitcom Malcolm in the Middle (8:30 p.m. Sun., Fox) introduces a precocious kid (Frankie Muniz) and his very weird parents (Jane Kaczmarek and Bryan Cranston). On The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun., Fox), Scully has an unpleasant reunion with the necrophiliac she put away a couple seasons back. Not one to sit idly by while Dick and Maury try to steal his thunder, Regis Philbin returns for another stint on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (9 p.m. Sun., ABC), which settles in for a regular thrice-weekly run. Jay "Dennis the Menace" North is the subject of a new True Hollywood Story (9 p.m. Sun., E!). On the two-hour season premiere of La Femme Nikita (9 p.m. Sun., USA), Michael tries to figure out if Nikita has really been brainwashed to forget their affair or if she's just a really good actress.

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Specials

The Titanic had a sister ship and her name was Brittanic (8 p.m. Sun., Fox Family). This is her story. Brian Dennehy is captured in his Tony Award winning performance as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman' (8 p.m. Sun., Showtime), which was filmed last November at New York's Eugene O'Neill Theater. The new TV movie The Virginian (8 p.m. Sun., TNT) is a remake of the old Gary Cooper Western. Bill Pullman and Diane Lane star. As if ABC's recent Partridge Family TV movie wasn't enough, NBC chimes in with The David Cassidy Story (9 p.m. Sun., NBC), the story of the teen idol's unhappy reign. Andrew Kavovit has the title role; Cassidy put his stamp of approval on this one, providing the vocals. The People's Choice Awards (9 p.m. Sun., CBS) picks audience favorites in TV, music and film. Ya gotta tune in for that showdown between "Stark Raving Mad," "Ladies Man" and "Shasta McNasty" in the "Favorite New Comedy" category.

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Sports

Basketball:

Knicks at Magic (8 p.m. Fri., TNT)

Spurs at Suns (10:30 p.m. Fri., TNT)

Hockey:

Mighty Ducks at Hurricanes (7:30 p.m. Fri., ESPN2)

Penguins at Flyers (8 p.m. Sat., ESPN2)

Avalanche at Blackhawks (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN2)

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Football:

Bills at Titans (12:30 p.m. Sat., ABC

Lions at Redskins (4 p.m. Sat., ABC)

Cowboys at Vikings (12:30 p.m. Sun., Fox)

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

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Talk

David Letterman (CBS) Paul Thomas Anderson, Andy Kindler

Jay Leno (NBC) Jenny McCarthy, Eddie Cibrian

Dennis Miller (HBO)Tim Robbins

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Adam West, Daryl Mitchell

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Bill Pullman


Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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