Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, Oct. 6-8, 2000


Joyce Millman
October 6, 2000 9:16PM (UTC)

Series

After watching months of promos for it during "Survivor," doesn't it feel as if you've already seen CBS's new remake of The Fugitive (8 p.m. Fri., CBS)? Tim Daly takes the wrongly accused role made twice famous by David Janssen and Harrison Ford. Two Guys and a Girl (8 p.m. Fri., ABC) begins its fourth season, which is really weird, because I don't know one person who actually watches it. Also premiering on ABC's new -- and doomed -- "adult" Friday sitcom lineup: The Trouble With Normal (8:30 p.m. Fri., ABC), about a bunch of neurotic New Yorkers, and Madigan Men (9:30 p.m. Fri., ABC), a breath of Irish whimsy starring Gabriel Byrne and Roy Dotrice as father and son. I give both shows three weeks, max. Destined to disappear even sooner: freakylinks (9 p.m. Fri., Fox), a colorless sci-fi thing that doesn't know if it's funny or scary or what. New drama C.S.I. (9 p.m. Fri., CBS) stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger as Las Vegas criminologists. Nash Bridges (10 p.m. Fri., CBS) creaks into its sixth season. In tonight's suspenseful opener, Nash wages war with his waistline as he struggles to close the buttons on one of his really cool vests. Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda (syndicated, check local listings) premieres this weekend. Kevin "Hercules" Sorbo stars as the commander of the starship Andromeda, which roams the galaxy in search of plots not already done on "Voyager." Beginning a new season in syndication this weekend: Xena: Warrior Princess (check local listings).

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The new kids series Noah Knows Best (8:30 p.m. Sat., Nickelodeon) stars Philip Van Dyke as a wiseass New York teen who attends a tony high school. Craig T. Nelson brings his scowling visage back to prime time with the new drama series The District (10 p.m. Sat., CBS), about a combative Washington, D.C., police chief. Mad TV (11 p.m. Sat., Fox) begins a new season with parodies of "Survivor" and Regis and Kathie Lee. Rob Lowe hosts the season premiere of Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), with music from Eminem. WB premieres its new Sunday lineup of The Jamie Foxx Show (7 p.m. Sun., WB), For Your Love (7:30 p.m. Sun., WB) and The Steve Harvey Show (8 p.m. Sun., WB). The David Letterman-produced Ed (8 p.m. Sun., NBC), a quirky hourlong comedy-drama about a lawyer who returns to his hometown, is considered the show to watch this season. But do it soon, because NBC doesn't have much appreciation for quirky hourlong comedy-dramas. Masterpiece Theatre (9 p.m. Sun., PBS, check local times) begins its 30th season with a three-part adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist." The new sketch comedy show Hype (9 p.m. Sun., WB) debuts; it's the creation of three refugees from "Mad TV." E! True Hollywood Story (9 p.m. Sun., E!) tells the whole sordid story behind "Welcome Back, Kotter." Horshack was a stud! For those who've lost track, it's the next-to-last episode this season for Sex and the City (9 p.m. Sun., HBO). The new sitcom Nikki (9:30 p.m. Sun., WB) stars pneumatic ingenue Nikki Cox as an aspiring dancer married to an aspiring pro wrestler. The Practice (10 p.m. Sun., ABC) begins its fifth season with Bobby defending a friend accused of murdering his wife and Ellenor taking on the EPA over toxic playground equipment.

Specials

Cant get away for a trip to Broadway? Check out PBS's live broadcast of the hit revival of the George S. Kaufman-Moss Hart satire The Man Who Came to Dinner (check local times, Sat., PBS), starring Nathan Lane and Jean Smart. Cathy Rigby soars above the stage in another Broadway hit, Peter Pan (8 p.m. Sun., A&E), which was taped from a stage performance last May. Farrah Fawcett and Keith Carradine star as grieving parents who get a second chance when they take in an abandoned infant in the new cable movie Baby (8 p.m. Sun., TNT). Glenn Close is the executive producer. Valerie Bertinelli returns after a long absence from the small screen in the new TV movie Personally Yours (9 p.m. Sun., CBS); it's a comedy-drama about a divorced couple (Jeffrey Nordling plays Val's ex) whose kids cook up a hookup.

Sports

Baseball:

American League Division Playoffs:
White Sox at Mariners, Game 3 (4 p.m. Fri., ESPN); Game 4 (4 p.m. Sat., Fox, if necessary); Game 5 (4 p.m. Sun., ESPN, if necessary)
A's at Yankees, Game 3 (8 p.m. Fri., NBC); Game 4 (7:30 p.m. Sat., NBC); Game 5 (Sun., TBA, if necessary)

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National League Division Playoffs:
Cardinals at Braves, Game 3 (1 p.m. Sat., ESPN, or 4 p.m. Sat., Fox); Game 4 (1 p.m. Sun., ESPN, if necessary)
Giants at Mets, Game 3 (1 p.m. Sat., ESPN, or 4 p.m. Sat., Fox); Game 4 (4 p.m. Sun., ESPN, if necessary)

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

Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Marg Helgenberger, Brendan Fraser
David Letterman (CBS) Magic Johnson, Jewel
Jay Leno (NBC) Richard Gere, Jenny Thompson, Barenaked Ladies
Chris Rock (HBO) Pamela Anderson, Mystikal
Conan O'Brien (NBC) Kate Hudson, Elastica
Craig Kilborn (CBS) Ray Romano

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Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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