Blue Glow

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

Published April 14, 2000 4:00PM (EDT)


On Now and Again (9 p.m. Fri., CBS), a virus that eats the words from pages of books is sweeping the country. In a previously unaired episode of Chris Carter's Harsh Realm (9 p.m. Fri., FX), the realm shifts to an alternate universe WWII battlefield. Horndog Paul's trusting girlfriend from back home comes to visit her unfaithful squeeze on Making the Band (9:30 p.m. Fri., ABC). Tobey Maguire hosts Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), with music from Sisqo. Mulder and Scully discover something else the tobacco companies never told us on The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun., Fox). Masterpiece Theatre (check local times, Sun., PBS) begins a two-part adaptation of "David Copperfield," starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emilia Fox, Maggie Smith and Bob Hoskins as Micawber. Now that "The Sopranos" sleeps with the fishes (until next March), HBO is filling its slot with second-season reruns of Sex and the City (9 p.m. Sun., HBO).


Professional skaters compete (sort of) in another edition of Ice Wars (9 p.m. Sat., CBS); Kristi Yamaguchi, Ekaterina Gordeeva, Scott Hamilton and Ilia Kulik are on the bill. Passover is just around the corner and that can mean only one thing -- it's time for The Ten Commandments (7 p.m. Sun., ABC) in all its campy glory. Starring Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson and Charlton Heston. The three-hour documentary Walking with Dinosaurs (7 p.m. Sun., Discovery Channel) uses digital animation to re-create a scientifically accurate portrait of the time of the dinosaurs. It's a long way from "The Flintstones." The new TV movie Picnic (9 p.m. Sun., CBS) has another cinematic go at the William Inge play (it was filmed in 1955 with William Holden and Kim Novak) about a handsome drifter who shakes up a sleepy town on Labor Day weekend. Josh Brolin, Mary Steenburgen and Gretchen Mol star. An All Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell (9 p.m. Sun., TNT) features James Taylor, Elton John, Shawn Colvin, Wynonna, Cassandra Wilson, Richard Thompson and many more singing Mitchell's songs, as well as a performance by the legend herself. Ashley Judd hosts. The six-part miniseries The Corner (10 p.m. Sun., HBO) is a gritty portrait of Baltimore junkies -- who they are, how they got that way. Charles S. Dutton directs and serves as off-camera narrator for this adaptation of the nonfiction book co-written by David Simon (Simon also wrote the book on which "Homicide: Life on the Street" was based). "The Corner" isn't pretty, but it has dignity and heart. Starring T. K. Carter, Sean Nelson and a nearly unrecognizable Khandi Alexander ("NewsRadio," "ER") in a performance that will send shivers down your spine.


Braves at Brewers (7 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m. Sat., TBS)
Rangers at Indians (4 p.m. Sat., FX)

NHL playoffs:
Sabres vs. Flyers (7 p.m. Fri., ESPN; 7:30 p.m. Sun., ESPN2)
Coyotes at Avalanche or regional action (2 p.m. Sat., ABC)
Senators at Maple Leafs (7 p.m. Sat., ESPN)

Pacers at Heat (8 p.m. Fri., TNT)
Kings at Lakers (10:30 p.m. Fri., TNT)
Jazz at Suns (8:30 p.m. Sat., NBC)
Kings at Trail Blazers (3 p.m. Sun., NBC)
Timberwolves at Lakers or Bulls at Raptors (5:30 p.m. Sun., NBC)


Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Matthew McConaughey, Cherry Jones
David Letterman (CBS) Ben Stiller, Stupid Pet Tricks
Jay Leno (NBC) Edward Norton, Emeril Lagasse
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Lucy Lawless, Lisa Ling
Conan O'Brien (NBC) Gina Gershon, Sherman Hemsley
Craig Kilborn (CBS) Andy Dick, Leeza Gibbons

By Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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