Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, Nov. 10-12, 2000

By Joyce Millman

Published November 10, 2000 6:52PM (EST)


Two Guys and a Girl (8 p.m. Fri., ABC) has a silent episode, with no dialogue. Hey, maybe they could do one of those for "The Michael Richards Show"! On CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (9 p.m. Fri., CBS), Grissom pieces together (no pun intended) the identity of a skeleton found in a cement slab under a house. Gervase, Jenna, Joel, Dirk and Sean -- remember them? -- show up on Nash Bridges (10 p.m. Fri., CBS). Calista Flockhart hosts Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), with musical guest Ricky Martin. Krusty the Klown learns he has a long-lost daughter (guest Drew Barrymore) on The Simpsons (8 p.m. Sun., Fox). Ed is floored by Carol's news that she's leaving Stuckeyville on Ed (8 p.m. Sun., NBC). Lois runs away from home after a really lousy birthday on Malcolm in the Middle (8:30 p.m. Sun., Fox). Scully and Doggett (Robert Patrick) get their worlds rocked by the appearance (and disappearance) of Mulder as the season opener of The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun., Fox) concludes. Judging from last week's absorbing episode, with its beautiful work from Gillian Anderson and the instant dodgy rapport between Scully and Doggett, this whole Duchovny Lite season just might work out OK. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (9 p.m. Sun., ABC) greets November sweeps with another five-night celebrity edition. Step right up and see how dumb they really are! Among the contestants: Drew Carey (who won $500,000 last time), Jon Stewart, Alec Baldwin (hey, he's smart!), Joy Behar, Charlie Sheen and Sean "Puffy" Combs. Wee rockabilly cat Brian Setzer is profiled on Behind the Music (9 p.m. Sun., VH1). Masterpiece Theatre (9 p.m. Sun., PBS, check local listings) presents "The Railway Children," a new adaptation of the 1906 children's classic about a trio of children who face poverty with a smile. Richard Attenborough and Jenny Agutter star. The Practice (10 p.m. Sun., ABC) looks at Bobby's defense of a man accused of murdering his wife through the eyes of a newspaper reporter.


Overexposed Pepsi spokesmoppet Hallie Kate Eisenberg plays Helen Keller in a new TV version of The Miracle Worker (7 p.m. Sun., ABC). Alison Elliott costars as her teacher, Annie Sullivan. In this version, instead of spelling out "water" in Annie's hand, Helen spells out "cola." NBC gets biblical with the campy two-part miniseries In the Beginning (9 p.m. Sun., NBC), a retelling of the Old Testament starring Martin Landau and Jacqueline Bisset as Abraham and Sarah, Billy Campbell (!) as Moses and Eddie Cibrian ("Third Watch") as a Ricky Martin-esque Joseph. I dont know about you, but I've had enough of the O.J. Simpson saga to last a lifetime -- and then some. That hasn't stopped CBS from airing the four-hour sweeps miniseries American Tragedy (9 p.m. Sun., CBS), a dramatization of Simpson's trial, focusing on the machinations of his "Dream Team" of lawyers. Hey, we know how this turns out, and five years later, it still stinks. Starring Ving Rhames as Johnnie Cochran (what, Jackie Chiles from "Seinfeld" was busy?), Ron Silver as Robert Shapiro, Bruno Kirby as Barry Scheck, Christopher Plummer as F. Lee Bailey and the back of Raymond Forchion as O.J. (we never see his face). Norman Mailer wrote the screenplay; Lawrence Schiller, who wrote the book on which the miniseries is based, directed.


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


Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Alec Baldwin, Eric McCormack
David Letterman (CBS) Lucy Liu, Aaron Neville
Jay Leno (NBC) Ron Howard, Johnny Knoxville, Green Day
Chris Rock (HBO) Adam Sandler
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Bryan Cranston, Alfre Woodard
Conan O'Brien (NBC) Eric McCormack, Blur

All times Eastern unless noted.

Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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