Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, March 23-25, 2001

Published March 23, 2001 6:49PM (EST)


On Popstars (8:30 p.m. Fri., WB), Eden's Crush -- not to be confused with Destiny's Child -- hit New York for a magazine shoot and a radio performance. Patrick Fugit spoofs his role in "Almost Famous" on an all-movie-parody edition of Mad TV (11 p.m. Sat., Fox). And speaking of "Almost Famous," Penny Lane herself, Oscar nominee Kate Hudson, hosts a rerun of Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), with music from Radiohead. On The Sopranos (9 p.m. Sun., HBO), Carmela checks in on Tony's therapy, Anthony Jr. confounds his dad and an old-school Mafioso comes out of retirement. Burt Young guests.


Emma Thompson stars in and co-wrote the screenplay for Wit (9 p.m. Sat., HBO), an adaptation of Margaret Edson's acclaimed play about an indomitable literature professor facing terminal cancer. Mike Nichols collaborated with Thompson on the screenplay and directs. Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers ambush the stars in Live at the Academy Awards (6 p.m. EST/3 p.m. PST Sun., E!). The Barbara Walters Oscar Special (7 p.m. EST/9 p.m. PST, or after the awards, ABC) finds the grande dame of gab cozying up to Ben Stiller, John Travolta and his wife, Kelly Preston, and Faith Hill. Jim Moret hosts the official Academy Awards pre-show Oscar Countdown 2001 (8 p.m. EST/ 5 PST, Sun., ABC). Then it's time for the 73rd Academy Awards (8:30 p.m. EST/5:30 p.m. PST Sun., ABC), with first-time host Steve Martin. Among this year's presenters: Kevin Spacey, Hilary Swank, Jennifer Lopez, Mike Myers, Halle Berry, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Chow Yun Fat. Bob Dylan, Sting, Randy Newman and Björk will perform the nominated songs. And producer Dino DeLaurentiis, screenwriter Ernest Lehman and cinematographer Jack Cardiff get achievement awards. Are you not entertained? Bill Maher caps the night with the Politically Incorrect After Party (post-Oscars, check listings, Sun., ABC), featuring Harry Knowles, Ted Demme, Sanaa Lathan, Clive Barker and Lynn Redgrave.


College basketball:
Men's NCAA Tournament (7:30 p.m. Fri., CBS; 4:30 p.m. Sat., CBS; 2:30 p.m. Sun., CBS)
Women's NCAA Tournament (11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m. Sat., ESPN2; noon, 2 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m., 12:30 a.m. Sat., ESPN)

Spurs at Heat (noon Sun., NBC)
Lakers at Kings (6:30 p.m. Sun., NBC)

Mighty Ducks at Kings (6 p.m. Sat., ABC)
Blues at Stars (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

Figure skating:
World Championships (7:30 p.m. Fri., ESPN; 9 p.m. Sat., ABC; 1 p.m. Sun., ABC)


Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Chris Klein, 3LW
David Letterman (CBS) Sean Penn, Peter Frampton (rerun)
Jay Leno (NBC) Pierce Brosnan
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Roger Ebert, Diane Farr
Conan O'Brien (NBC) Antonio Banderas, Tony Randall

All times Eastern unless noted.

By Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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