Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, Nov. 17-19, 2000

By Joyce Millman

Published November 17, 2000 6:33PM (EST)


Tom Green hosts Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), with musical guest David Gray. Futurama (7 p.m. Sun., Fox) reruns the one in which Al Gore does his TV-writer daughter a favor and makes a voice cameo. After a history lesson from John Redcorn, Bobby rejects the "white man's Thanksgiving" on King of the Hill (7:30 p.m. Sun., Fox). Joshua Jackson from "Dawson's Creek" guests on The Simpsons (8 p.m. Sun., Fox) as a cute environmentalist who inspires Lisa to live in a redwood tree as a protest against logging. It's a bowling alley Thanksgiving on Ed (8 p.m. Sun., NBC). Scully and Doggett have bats in their belfries on The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun., Fox). Masterpiece Theatre (9 p.m. Sun., PBS, check local times) makes fun of itself with "Stiff Upper Lips," a satire of all things Merchant-Ivory starring Peter Ustinov, Georgina Cates and Prunella Scales. Larry makes his old pal Julia Louis-Dreyfus' life a living hell on Curb Your Enthusiasm (10 p.m. Sun., HBO).


The two-hour special The Beatles Revolution (8 p.m. Fri., ABC) takes yet another look at the Fab Four's legacy, with comments from fans like Bono, Ben and Jerry and Salman Rushdie, who was always a Ringo man. The new TV movie Santa Who? (7 p.m. Sun., ABC) stars Leslie Nielsen as Santa Claus, who is suffering from amnesia after a sleigh accident. Steven Eckholdt and Tommy Davidson costar. The Wizard of Oz (7 p.m. Sun., TNT) gets its annual airing; the movie is immediately followed by the eight-minute celebrity tribute "We All Dream of Oz." The two-hour documentary The Grand Ole Opry: An American Tradition (8 p.m. Sun., A&E) chronicles the history of the venerable Nashville theater, with testimonials from the stars and footage of milestone performances. Mercedes Ruehl plays a woman, raised Jewish, who learns that her birth parents were Navajos in new TV movie The Lost Child (9 p.m. Sun., CBS). With Irene Bedard, Jamey Sheridan and Ned Romero. The Master of Deception (9 p.m. Sun., Discovery) profiles Tony Mendez, the CIA's former chief of disguise.


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


Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Glenn Close
David Letterman (CBS) Val Kilmer, Everclear
Jay Leno (NBC) Adam Sandler, David Alan Grier, Smashing Pumpkins
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Carrie Fisher, Billy Connolly
Conan O'Brien (NBC) Gwyneth Paltrow
Craig Kilborn (CBS) Ben Affleck

All times Eastern unless noted.

Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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