Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, Dec. 8-10, 2000

By Joyce Millman

Published December 8, 2000 6:31PM (EST)


The new series Dot Comedy (8:30 p.m. Fri., ABC), hosted by former MTV ministars Jason and Randy Sklar, is a British import reality thingie about the lighter side of the Web. Uh-oh. On CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (9 p.m. Fri., CBS), a disruptive airline passenger dies in flight and Grissom thinks it was murder. Val Kilmer hosts Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), with music from U2. Biography (8 p.m. Sun., A&E) has a two-hour special on the Bee Gees. Malcolm is mortified when he's chosen to play Puck in a class production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" on Malcolm in the Middle (8:30 p.m. Sun., Fox). The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun., Fox) falls back on the old reliable time-warp gimmick as Doggett races to stop a murder before it happens. Everclear's peaks and valleys are chronicled on Behind the Music (9 p.m. Sun., VH1). Last week was supposed to be the season finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm (10 p.m. Sun., HBO); apparently it's not, because here's a new episode. On Queer as Folk (10 p.m. Sun., Showtime), Brian shows an interest in his son's welfare, Justin will not be denied and Ted looks for love in all the wrong places.


Dennis Miller hosts the GQ Men of the Year Awards (8 p.m. Sat., Fox), honoring Russell Crowe, Michael J. Fox, Carlos Santana, James Gandolfini and others. Presenters include Julia Roberts, Barbara Walters and Susan Sarandon. The 1999 TV movie Atomic Train (8 p.m. Sat., NBC) stars Rob Lowe as a National Transportation Safety Board investigator trying to stop a runaway train that's carrying a nuclear missile. And then he landed "The West Wing" gig and stopped making crappy disaster movies. New cable movie Disappearing Acts (9 p.m. Sat., HBO) stars Sanaa Lathan and Wesley Snipes in an adaptation of Terry McMillan's novel about the tempestuous affair between an upwardly mobile singer and a construction worker who blames the Man for keeping him down. Directed by Gina Prince-Blythewood ("Love and Basketball"). Ving Rhames has played Don King and Johnnie Cochran in TV movies; now he glams himself up to play a drag queen who takes in an abused mother and her child in the new cable movie Holiday Heart (8 p.m. Sun., Showtime). Alfre Woodard costars. The new two-part adaptation of Charles Dickens' coming-of-age classic David Copperfield (8 p.m. Sun., TNT) stars Hugh Dancy in the title role, Sally Field as his aunt and Michael Richards as a Kramer-esque Micawber. New TV movie Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story (9 p.m. Sun., NBC) dramatizes the singer's early success, her battle with drug addiction and her post-rehab comeback. Theresa Randle plays Cole as a young woman; Cole plays herself in her later years. With James McDaniel as Nat King Cole; Robert Townsend directed. Inside the Space Station (9 p.m. Sun., Discovery) looks at the preparations for the construction of the International Space Station. Liam Neeson narrates.


Kings at Oilers (10 p.m. Sat., ESPN2)

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


Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Vanessa Williams, Armistead Maupin
David Letterman (CBS) Farrah Fawcett, Loretta Lynn (rerun)
Jay Leno (NBC) Jim Carrey, Hootie and the Blowfish (rerun)
Conan O'Brien (NBC) Juliette Lewis, Nina Gordon (rerun)

All times Eastern unless noted.

Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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