Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for
Weekend, Jan. 14-16, 2000


Joyce Millman
January 14, 2000 10:00PM (UTC)

Series

On Now and Again (9 p.m. Fri., CBS), Michael and Theo investigate a rash of spontaneous combustions. The new series Higher Ground (9 p.m. Fri., Fox Family) stars former "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" mountain man Joe Lando as the director of a wilderness school for troubled teens. Critical Condition (9 p.m. Sat., Learning Channel), a new series set in a real-life British emergency room, debuts. Freddie Prinze Jr. hosts Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), with music from Macy Gray. Bobby finds his true calling as a rodeo clown on King of the Hill (7:30 p.m. Sun., Fox). Oprah Winfrey is the subject of a new two-hour Biography (8 p.m. EST/9 PST, Sun., A&E). Bart becomes a tent-show preacher (it had to happen sooner or later) on The Simpsons (8 p.m. Sun., Fox). Steven Bochco's new medical series City of Angels (8 p.m. Sun., CBS) premieres. Blair Underwood and Vivica A. Fox head the mostly African American cast of this drama set at an inner-city Los Angeles hospital. Dad comes for an extended visit on Felicity (8 p.m. Sun., WB). Scully and Mulder investigate murder (maybe) among magicians on The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun., Fox). As The Sopranos (9 p.m. Sun., HBO) opens its new season, there's a new face in the Soprano household -- Tony's older sister Janice (Aida Turturro) has come home to take care of Livia. Plus, the return of Pussy, our first glimpse of Carmela's parents and a really beautiful use of Frank Sinatra's "It Was a Very Good Year." Mangia!

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Specials

Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf goes One on One with David Frost (8 p.m. EST/9 PST, Sat., A&E). Michelle Kwan, Maria Butyrskaya and Elvis Stojko are among the skaters competing in the ISU Grand Prix Final (9 p.m. Sat., ABC). The new Disney TV movie Loretta Claiborne (7 p.m. Sun., ABC) is the true story of a girl (Kimberly Elise) who overcame disability and poverty to become a Special Olympics champion. Camryn Manheim co-stars. The CIA: America's Frontline (8 p.m. Sun., Discovery Channel) goes behind-the scenes for a rare look at the inner workings of the Agency. The new TV movie The Spring (9 p.m. Sun., NBC) answers the question, "Where the heck has Kyle MacLachlan been?" The actor who did such unforgettable work in "Blue Velvet" and "Twin Peaks" has apparently been biding his time, waiting for just the right cheeseball sci-fi TV movie to come along. In this one, he plays a widower who stumbles onto a small town's secret of eternal youth. Alas, Agent Cooper has spent too much time in the Black Lodge.

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Sports

Basketball:

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

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

Hockey:

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

Blackhawks at Avalanche (8:30 p.m. Sat., ESPN2)

Red Wings at Oilers (9:30 p.m. Sun., ESPN2)

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Football:

AFC Playoffs: Dolphins at Jaguars (12:30 p.m. Sat., CBS); Titans at Colts (4 p.m. Sun., CBS)

NFC Playoffs: Redskins at Buccaneers (4 p.m. Sat., Fox); Vikings at Rams (12:30 p.m. Sun., Fox)

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Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Bette Midler, Edie Falco, Martin Luther King III

David Letterman (CBS) Regis Philbin

Jay Leno (NBC) Emily Watson, David Arquette

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Dick Clark, Melanie C.

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Winona Ryder, Wilco

Craig Kilborn (CBS) Debra Kara Unger


Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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