Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, Sept. 22-24, 2000

By Joyce Millman
September 22, 2000 10:11PM (UTC)
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Sabrina the Teenage Witch (8 p.m. Fri., WB) moves from ABC to the WB. In the fifth season opener, college freshman Sabrina meets her new roommate -- Punky Brewster! Darren Star, who created "Melrose Place" (and "Sex and the City"), returns to his nighttime soap roots with the new comedy Grosse Pointe (8:30 p.m. Fri., WB), a sassy parody of "90210." The Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry and (especially) Tori Spelling takeoffs are deliriously perfect, but it's impossible to tell if the concept has enough juice to last. Still, the lineup of "Sabrina," "Grosse Pointe" and Popular (9 p.m. Fri., WB) (which begins a new season this week) might give WB a real presence on Friday nights, especially among the TGIF-ers ABC has abandoned. The tribes merge, Jenna cries a lot and we watch a video from Greg's weird sister on the weekend reruns of Survivor (9 p.m. Fri. and Sat., CBS). VH1 Storytellers (10 p.m. Fri., VH1) has its first live show, a 90-minute audience with -- drum roll -- Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi? Big Brother (8 p.m. Sat., CBS) has another live banishment nomination episode; be strong -- soon our national nightmare will be all over. James Caan reveals his motivation for the tollbooth scene in "The Godfather" on Inside the Actors' Studio (8 p.m. ET/9 PT, Sun., Bravo). Behind the Music Fourth Anniversary (8 p.m. ET/ 9 PT, Sun., VH1) is a 90-minute highlight reel of the show that makes winners out of losers and vice versa. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (9 p.m. Sun., ABC) begins a rerun of its celebrity charity tournament, featuring David Duchovny, Rosie O'Donnell, Kathie Lee Gifford, Ray Romano and 'N Sync's Lance "I don't know what a baker's dozen is" Bass. Even the stupidest among them win at least $32,000. On Sex and the City (9 p.m. Sun., HBO), Carrie dates a guy who still lives with his parents, Miranda gets braces on her teeth and Charlotte discovers the reason for Trey's little problem.



Sam Neill, Helena Bonham Carter and Kristin Scott Thomas star in Sweet Revenge (8 p.m. Sun., Showtime), an adaptation of Alan Ayckbourne's black comedies. What a cast! So how come you missed this one when it played in theaters? Because it never played in theaters. Yes, what we have here is a genuine straight-to-cable bomb. Jim Lehrer looks back at candidate throw-downs of the TV era in Debating Our Destiny: 40 Years of Presidential Debates (9 p.m. Sun., PBS, check local times).



Lions at Bears, Eagles at Saints or 49ers at Cowboys (noon Sun., Fox)
Packers at Cardinals or Rams at Falcons (1 p.m. Sun., Fox)
Bengals at Ravens, Patriots at Dolphins or Titans at Steelers (1 p.m. Sun., CBS)
Browns at Raiders, Chiefs at Broncos, Jets at Buccaneers or Seahawks at Chargers (4 p.m. Sun., CBS)
Redskins at Giants (8:30 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

Wild card games TBA (1 p.m. Sat., Fox; 7 p.m. Sat., FX)



Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Ann Richards, Penilope Cruz, Emeril Lagasse
David Letterman (CBS) Roseanne, David Gray (rerun)
Chris Rock (HBO) Stanley Crouch, De La Soul
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Joe Mantegna, Victoria Williams

All times Eastern unless noted.

Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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