Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, April 28-30, 2000.


Joyce Millman
April 28, 2000 8:00PM (UTC)

Series

Cosby (8:30 p.m. Fri., CBS) folds after four seasons. What do you mean you never watched it? On Now and Again (9 p.m. Fri., CBS), Heather connects her friend at the museum to the insect-spread plague. Saturday Night Live (11:35 p.m. Sat., NBC) reruns the Julianna Margulies episode, notable for Margulies' acid-dipped impersonation of Elizabeth Hurley. Bender is recruited to be a mob enforcer on Futurama (7 p.m. Sun., Fox). A family vacation to Florida turns into a nonstop spring break bacchanal for Homer on The Simpsons (8 p.m. Sun., Fox). You can tell a series is in trouble when the stars have to be continuously bribed with directing opportunities to keep them interested. This week on The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun., Fox), David Duchovny directs a humorous episode (he also wrote it) in which Mulder and Scully see themselves played onscreen by a pair of Hollywood actors -- Garry Shandling and Tea (Mrs. Duchovny) Leoni. Vegas tiger-tamers Siegfried and Roy are profiled on E! True Hollywood Story (9 p.m. Sun., E!) -- this could be a keeper. Masterpiece Theatre (check local times, Sun., PBS) presents "Seeing Red," the true story of British actress Coral Atkins (Sarah Lancashire) who gave it all up to found a home for disturbed children.

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Specials

Six finalists compete live in Wanna Be a VJ 3 Finals (2 p.m. Sat., MTV). The two-part miniseries Arabian Nights (8 p.m. Sun., ABC) is a special-effects laden spectacle about the fantastic yarns spun by Scheherazade (Mili Avital). With Dougray Scott, Rufus Sewell, Jason Scott Lee and John Leguizamo (as the genie). NBC follows up its miniseries "The '60s" with The '70s (8 p.m. Sun., NBC), a two-part trip through the decade most of us would rather forget. Brad Rowe, Vinessa Shaw, Guy Torry and Amy Smart star. With Peggy Lipton as Gloria Steinem. Your heinous '70s flashback continues with Take Me Home: The John Denver Story (9 p.m. Sun., CBS), a bio of the folkie who looked uncannily like the '70s smiley face. Chad Lowe -- last seen weeping as Oscar-winning wife Hilary Swank forgot to thank him at the podium -- has the title role.

Sports

Baseball:
Blue Jays at Yankees (1 p.m. Sat., FX)
Braves at Padres (10 p.m. Sat., TBS; 8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

NBA Playoffs:
Hornets at 76ers (8 p.m. Fri., TNT)
Heat at Pistons (12:30 p.m. Sat., NBC)
Spurs at Suns (3 p.m. Sat., NBC)
Jazz at Sonics (5:30 p.m. Sat., NBC)
Pacers at Bucks (8:30 p.m. Sat., TNT)
Knicks at Raptors (12:30 p.m. Sun., NBC)
Blazers at Timberwolves (3 p.m. Sun., NBC)
Lakers at Kings (5:30 p.m. Sun., NBC)

NHL Playoffs:
Sharks at Stars (7 p.m. Fri., ESPN; 7:30 p.m. Sun., ESPN2)
Red Wings at Avalanche or Penguins at Flyers (3 p.m. Sat., ABC)
Devils at Maple Leafs (7 p.m. Sat., ESPN)

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Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Dennis Quaid, Jon Bon Jovi
David Letterman (CBS) Natalie Portman, Lennox Lewis
Jay Leno (NBC) Nude English calendar ladies, Kristen Davis
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Kathy Griffin, Eric Roberts
Conan O'Brien (NBC) Heather Graham, Dido


Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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