Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Presidents Day Weekend, Feb. 16-19, 2001

Published February 16, 2001 8:02PM (EST)


The final five are selected on an hourlong Popstars (8:30 p.m. Fri., WB). We get to see the losers' devastated reactions, of course. Sarah Michelle Gellar spoofs her "Cruel Intentions" girl-girl kiss when she guests on Grosse Pointe (9:30 p.m. Fri., WB). Take your pink linen blazers and man-espadrilles out of mothballs, kids, because it's "Miami Vice" nostalgia night on Nash Bridges (10 p.m. Fri., CBS). Don "Crockett" Johnson tosses his old sidekick, Philip Michael "Tubbs" Thomas, a guest role. Cops (8 p.m. Sat., Fox) has a special salute to some really stupid criminals. Sean Hayes hosts Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC) with musical guest Shaggy. Bobby takes up ventriloquism on King of the Hill (7:30 p.m. Sun., Fox). Sideshow Bob busts out of prison and hypnotizes Bart into becoming an assassin on The Simpsons (8 p.m. Sun., Fox). Michael Douglas has James Lipton's undivided attention on Inside the Actors Studio (8 p.m. EST/9 p.m. PST Sun., Bravo). We finally learn what the deal is (well, sort of) with Scully's pregnancy on The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun., Fox); David Duchovny appears in this one. Masterpiece Theatre (9 p.m. Sun., PBS, check local times) presents a two-part adaptation of Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," starring Helen McCrory and Kevin McKidd. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (9 p.m. Sun., ABC) begins a four-night stunt where the show pays the taxes on contestants' winnings. E! True Hollywood Story (9 p.m. Sun., E!) profiles battlin' lovebirds Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. Journey is in the hot seat on Behind the Music (9 p.m. Sun., VH1). Ellenor battles the father of her unborn child over custody rights on The Practice (10 p.m. Sun., ABC). Also, the comatose Rebecca vanishes.

NBC moves all its top sitcoms to Monday, beginning with Friends (8 p.m. Mon., NBC), but they're all reruns and it's just for this week. Simon is under suspicion when his sister finds a condom in his wallet on 7th Heaven (8 p.m. Mon., WB). The American Experience (9 p.m. Mon., PBS, check local listings) begins the three-part profile "Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided," a look at the tempestuous marriage through archival materials, letters (read by David Morse and Holly Hunter) and historians' comments. On Ally McBeal (9 p.m. Mon., Fox), Cage and Fish see a therapist (Fred Willard) about their strained relationship. In the season premiere of Daria (10 p.m. Mon., MTV), there's more to be snide about when Lawndale High obtains corporate sponsorship.


Drew Barrymore's take on the Cinderella story, Ever After (7 p.m. Sun., ABC), has its network premiere. The new cable movie They Call Me Sirr (8 p.m. Sun., Showtime) dramatizes the inspirational story of Cincinnati Bengals player Sirr Parker. Kente Scott and Michael Clarke Duncan star. The new TV movie The Princess and the Marine (9 p.m. Sun., NBC) is the true story of a leatherneck (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) who smuggles his true love, a member of the royal family of Bahrain (Marisol Nichols), out of her country, causing an international uproar. Glenn Close and Jena Malone play a mother and daughter roughing it in a mining camp during the Gold Rush in the new TV movie Golden Dreams: The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (9 p.m. Sun., CBS).


Suns at 76ers or Spurs at Raptors (12:30 p.m. Sun., NBC)
Jazz at Kings (3 p.m. Sun., NBC)
Lakers at Pacers (5:30 p.m. Sun., NBC)

Blues at Blackhawks (8 p.m. Fri., ESPN)
Rangers at Lightning (7:30 p.m. Sat., ESPN2)
Red Wings at Stars (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)
Avalanche at Penguins (3 p.m. Mon., ESPN2)
Blues at Panthers (8 p.m. Mon., ESPN2)

Auto racing:
Daytona 500 (1 p.m. Sun., Fox)


Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Rod Stewart, Chris Kattan
David Letterman (CBS) Megan Mullaly
Jay Leno (NBC) Arsenio Hall, 98 Degrees
Dennis Miller (HBO) Kevin Bacon
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Ray Romano, Tara Reid
Conan O'Brien (NBC) Tina Fey, Coldplay
Craig Kilborn (CBS) Dave Grohl

All times Eastern unless noted.

By Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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