Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, Nov. 3-5, 2000

By Joyce Millman

Published November 3, 2000 6:07PM (EST)


On The Fugitive (8 p.m. Fri., CBS), Kimble meets up with a computer geek (Devon Gummersall from "My So-Called Life") who has created a Web site devoted to clearing Kimble's name. Courtney Thorne-Smith guests as a lesbian with eyes for Laurie on Norm (9 p.m. Fri., ABC). Law & Order: SVU (10 p.m. Fri., NBC) continues a story from last season in which a rape victim (Tracy Pollan) seeks justice. Barbra Streisand sings the praises of Al Gore when she grants Barbara Walters an interview on 20/20 (10 p.m. Fri., ABC). Biography (8 p.m. Sat., A&E) profiles Tipper Gore and Laura Bush. Smashing Pumpkins, due to call it quits at the end of the year, do an acoustic set on VH1 Storytellers (10 p.m. Sat., VH1). Charlize Theron hosts Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), with musical guest Paul Simon. Bender goes nutty in a homage to "The Shining" on the season premiere of Futurama (7 p.m. Sun., Fox). King of the Hill (7:30 p.m. Sun., Fox) opens its season with Bobby becoming a caddy for Hank's boss. The Simpsons (8 p.m. Sun., Fox) opens its 12th season with Homer leading a secession movement over new telephone area codes. The Who somehow figure into all of this. On Ed (8 p.m. Sun., NBC), which was just picked up for a full season by NBC, our smitten hero puts his feelings for Carol in writing -- skywriting. Malcolm in the Middle (8:30 p.m. Sun., Fox) begins its new season where it left off last spring, with the family cutting short its summer vacation to seek the wandering Dewey. Robert Patrick makes his debut as Scully's new partner, Special Agent John Doggett, on the season premiere of The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun., Fox). Masterpiece Theatre (9 p.m. Sun., PBS, check local times) presents the TV premiere of "Mrs. Brown," the 1997 historical drama about the widowed Queen Victoria's relationship with her late husband's burly valet. Judi Dench (who received an Oscar nomination) and Billy Connolly star. If you want it, here it is, come and get it: Beatles protégé Badfinger get their moment of dubious glory on Behind the Music (9 p.m. Sun., VH1). On Curb Your Enthusiasm (10 p.m. Sun., HBO), Larry tries to buy his wife an expensive bracelet as a peace offering, but Richard Lewis and a visually impaired stranger get in the way.


Return to the heady Bush era with The Growing Pains Movie (7 p.m. Sun., ABC), in which the bland and preachy Seaver clan -- aka the white Huxtables -- rally around mom Maggie's (Joanna Kerns) campaign for Congress. But wait, there's more! Eldest son Mike (Dubya supporter and once-famous virgin Kirk Cameron) and his wife, Kate (his real-life wife Chelsea Noble), have adopted a brood of adorable multiracial children. Carol (Tracey Gold, whose bouts with anorexia during the series' run were the subject of her very own TV movie) is a successful lawyer. Dad Jason (Alan Thicke) still knows best. Precocious Chrissy (Ashley Johnson) is in college. And Ben (Jeremy Miller) is, well, Ben. Unfortunately, Leonardo DiCaprio declined to reprise his role as Luke, the homeless inner-city waif the Seavers took in (ah, they shone like a thousand points of light) during the series' interminable later seasons. On the last weekend before Election Day, the new cable movie The Last Debate (8 p.m. Sun., Showtime) stars James Garner as a journalist who ambushes a presidential candidate with damaging information during a televised debate. Based on a novel by Jim Lehrer. Candidates Gore and Bush show us what good sports they are in taped appearances on Saturday Night Live's Presidential Bash 2000 (9 p.m. Sun., NBC), a highlight reel of politically themed sketches from seasons past. CBS invokes Camelot, again, with the two-part miniseries Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (9 p.m. Sun., CBS), starring Joanne Whalley, who looks nothing like her. Tim Matheson, who plays Martin Sheen's vice president on "The West Wing," pretends to be JFK.


49ers at Saints (Noon, Sun., Fox)
Ravens at Bengals, Bills at Patriots, Colts at Bears, Dolphins at Lions or Steelers at Titans (1 p.m. Sun., CBS)
Cowboys at Eagles, Giants at Browns or Buccaneers at Falcons (1 p.m. Sun., Fox)
Redskins at Cardinals (2 p.m. Sun., Fox)
Broncos at Jets, Chiefs at Raiders or Chargers at Seahawks (4 p.m. Sun., CBS)
Panthers at Rams (8:30 p.m. Sun., ESPN)


Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron
David Letterman (CBS) Madonna
Jay Leno (NBC) David Spade, Baha Men
Chris Rock (HBO) Rev. Jesse Jackson, Outkast
Politically Incorrect (ABC) David Crosby, James Marsters
Conan O'Brien (NBC) John Tesh, Squirrel Nut Zippers
Craig Kilborn (CBS) Robert Patrick, Dandy Warhols

All times Eastern unless noted.

Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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