Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, March 16-18, 2001

Published March 16, 2001 7:01PM (EST)


The Lone Gunmen (9 p.m. Fri., Fox) moves to its new Friday time slot, aka the "death slot." Farscape (9 p.m. Fri., Sci Fi) opens its new season where last season left off -- Crichton is recovering from brain surgery and the evil Scorpius is skulking about, looking for the wormhole. Julia Stiles hosts Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), with music from Aerosmith. A two-hour Biography Close-Up (8 p.m. Sun., A&E) looks at the men and women behind the Muppets of "Sesame Street." Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (9 p.m. Sun., ABC) begins a four-night celebrity edition featuring Adam West, Danny Bonaduce, Florence Henderson, Sherman Hemsley, Kim Fields and other stars of old TV shows. Not a whole lot to get excited about. On The Sopranos (9 p.m. Sun., HBO), Ralph Cifarelli (Joe Pantoliano) shows his dangerous side, Svetlana sets the Russian mob on Janice and Tony gets a new neighbor.


The new TV movie Bailey's Mistake (7 p.m. Sun., ABC) stars Linda Hamilton as a widow who uncovers a magical secret when she and her kids visit an island owned by her late husband's aunt. James Caan and Robert Sean Leonard head the cast in the new TV movie A Glimpse of Hell (8 p.m. Sun., FX). It's based on the true story of a deadly 1989 explosion aboard the battleship USS Iowa, which the Navy at first blamed on a gay sailor seeking revenge on an ex-lover. Caan is the man of the night, starring in yet another TV movie, Warden of Red Rock (8 p.m. Sun., Showtime), a western about a criminal turned warden chasing down his old partner in crime. Costarring David Carradine and Brian "Mr. TV Movie" Dennehy. The documentary series The Science of Beauty (9 p.m. Sun., Learning Channel) looks at the physical, psychological and cultural cues used to judge beauty. Louis Gossett Jr. and Lonette McKee star in the new TV movie For Love of Olivia (9 p.m. Sun., CBS), about a lawyer (Gossett) whose congressional campaign is interrupted by a murder case. Kathie Lee Gifford plays a sitcom star with drug, alcohol and anger management issues in the new cable movie Spinning Out of Control (9 p.m. Sun., E!). It's a comedy. Eames Yates' documentary Suicide (10 p.m. Sun., HBO) takes a personal interest in the subject -- his own brother committed suicide. Yates uses interviews, graphic police photos and 911 calls to bring the message home about the anguish suicide causes loved ones.


College basketball:
Men's NCAA Tournament (noon, 7:30 p.m. Fri., CBS; 1 p.m. Sat., CBS; noon Sun., CBS)
Women's NCAA Tournament (6 p.m., midnight, Fri., ESPN2; 11 a.m., 10 p.m. Sat., ESPN2; 2, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Sun., ESPN2)

Lakers at Magic (noon Sun., NBC)

Sharks at Kings (3 p.m. Sat., ABC)
Red Wings at Sharks (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)


Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Donald Sutherland, the Corrs
David Letterman (CBS) John Goodman, "Survivor" castoff Debb Eaton (rerun)
Jay Leno (NBC) Jennifer Love Hewitt, Backstreet Boys
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Arsenio Hall, Diane Ladd
Conan O'Brien (NBC) Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper

All times Eastern unless noted.

By Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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