Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 18-21, 2000.


Joyce Millman
February 18, 2000 10:00PM (UTC)

Series

John Goodman returns to Now and Again (9 p.m. Fri., CBS) in flashbacks as Michael Wiseman before the full body transplant. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (9 p.m. Fri., NBC) and Law & Order (10 p.m. Fri., NBC) do another crossover episode about a powerful family's involvement in a sex slaying. Seth Green and Tyra Banks guest on Mad TV (11 p.m. Sat., Fox), while Ben Affleck hosts Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), with music from Fiona Apple. Homer flees to a South Seas island to avoid having to pay up his PBS pledge on The Simpsons (8 p.m. Sun., Fox). Noel can't deal with Ruby's pregnancy, so he goes to Ben for advice (bad idea) on Felicity (8 p.m. Sun., WB). The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun., Fox) marks its 150th show, which is done entirely as an episode of "Cops." Tune in next week when Scully appears on "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?" Masterpiece Theatre (check local times, Sun., PBS) presents "All the King's Men," a WWI story with mystical overtones. On The Sopranos (9 p.m. Sun., HBO), Tony inherits another of Junior's perks, overseeing an annual high-stakes poker game. Also, a family funeral brings Tony and Livia uneasily together. On The Practice (10 p.m. Sun., ABC), Jimmy makes an all-out effort to overturn the murder conviction of his pal, the dentist with a crushing fetish. Henry Winkler guests. Ray tries to rectify Ally's bad Pokimon card trade on Everybody Loves Raymond (9 p.m. Mon., CBS). Billy hits on Sandy, and Ally winds up in the slammer again on Ally McBeal (9 p.m. Mon., Fox). Rosie O'Donnell has a cameo on Third Watch (10 p.m. Mon., NBC). O.K., Rosie, listen up. I know you're everybody's biggest fan (well, maybe everybody except Tom Selleck), but your need to have a piece of other celebs' action is frankly getting a bit pathological. The "Ally McBeal" appearance was cute. The phone a friend gig on "Millionaire" was pushing it. "Third Watch" just smacks of desperation. Come on, you're hosting the Grammys Wednesday night! Ever hear the phrase, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder"? Now, take David Letterman. He's been off his show since his heart bypass operation, but the ratings have soared. Viewers feel bad for him. They're showing their love for old Dave. They miss him. Dave returns to 'Late Show' (11:30 p.m. Mon., CBS) Monday night. There won't be a dry eye in the house.

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Specials

The South Carolina presidential primary (7 p.m. Sat., CNN, MSNBC) makes it no ordinary Saturday. Leon has the title role in the new TV movie Little Richard (9 p.m. Sun., NBC), the life story of the irrepressible rock legend. The new TV movie Flowers for Algernon (9 p.m. Sun., CBS) is a remake of the 1968 movie "Charly," about a mentally disabled man who is transformed into a genius by brain surgery. Matthew Modine and Kelli Williams star. MTV's first original movie 2Ge+her (8 p.m. Mon., MTV) is a comedy mockumentary about the marketing of a new boy band in the Backstreet Boys/'N Sync mold. Kevin Farley, who looks eerily like his late brother Chris, plays the group's unlikeliest member.

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Sports

Basketball:

Pacers at Knicks (3:30 p.m. Sat., NBC)

Blazers at Kings (3 p.m. Sun., NBC)

Lakers at 76ers (5:30 p.m. Sun., NBC)

Heat at Pistons (8 p.m. Mon., TBS)

Hockey:

Coyotes at Stars (8 p.m. Fri., ESPN)

Flyers at Rangers (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

Red Wings at Islanders (3 p.m. Mon., ESPN2)

Blues at Mighty Ducks (9:30 p.m. Mon., ESPN2)

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Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Ben Affleck, John Stamos

David Letterman (CBS) Tom Arnold interviews Robin Williams, Jack Hanna

Jay Leno (NBC) Kevin Spacey, A3

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Bruce Vilanch, Heather Tom

Dennis Miller (HBO) Martin Short

Conan O'Brien (NBC) John Lithgow, Ana Gasteyer, Aimee Mann

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Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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