Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28, 2001

Published May 25, 2001 5:40PM (EDT)


Kimble may finally get justice on the two-hour season finale of The Fugitive (9 p.m., Fri., CBS). Let's hope he does, because the show's been canceled. Stay up all night with Jerry Orbach and company on a nine-hour Law & Order marathon (begins 7 p.m. Sun., A&E). Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (9 p.m. Sun., ABC) repeats the rock and pop celebrity edition, featuring Gene Simmons, Sisqo, Amy Grant and a few Backstreet Boys, among others. What would a three-day holiday weekend be without an X-Files marathon (11 a.m. Mon., FX)? Thirteen hours, comin' at ya. Boston Public (8 p.m. Mon., CBS) reruns the series pilot. NBC continues to shill for the movie "Pearl Harbor" with a Dateline NBC (8 p.m. Mon., NBC) edition on the special effects. 48 Hours (10 p.m. Mon., CBS) reports on America's obsession with staying young, hosted by a dashingly black-haired Dan Rather.


The unheralded new TV movie Laughter on the 23rd Floor (8 p.m. Sat., Showtime) quietly premieres on one of the deadest weekends of the TV year. Nathan Lane stars as a Sid Caesar-like TV comedy genius in this adaptation of Neil Simon's autobiographical Broadway comedy. Peri Gilpin and Mark Linn-Baker costar. More "Pearl Harbor" tie-ins: Pearl Harbor veterans recall the fateful day on the documentary Unsung Heroes of Pearl Harbor (8 p.m. Sat., History Channel). David Brinkley hosts the ABC News special Pearl Harbor: Two Hours That Changed the World (10 p.m. Sat., ABC). Not a "Pearl Harbor" tie-in: Saturday Night Live Remembers Chris Farley (10 p.m. Sat., NBC). Ossie Davis, Walter Cronkite, Debby Boone and Art Garfunkel are on hand for the National Memorial Day Concert (8 p.m. Sun., PBS, check local listings). Another TV movie that's sneaking onto the air at a time when viewers are unlikely to notice: Sister Mary Explains It All (8 p.m. Sun., Showtime), an adaptation of Christopher Durang's comic play starring Diane Keaton as a domineering Catholic school nun. Laura San Giacomo, Wallace Langham and Brian Benben costar. "Would you like me better if I were a nun?" Keaton asked Al Pacino in "The Godfather." Oh, we don't think so. Tom Brokaw hosts Pearl Harbor: Legacy of Attack (9 p.m. Sun., NBC), a documentary that originally aired on the National Geographic Channel; it features underwater footage of the sunken battleship USS Arizona, and follows explorer Robert Ballard as he looks for the Japanese minisubs that led the attack. Carmen Electra and Sisqo host the always tasteful World Music Awards (9 p.m. Mon., ABC), a Monaco charity extravaganza honoring the biggest-selling, cheesiest pop stars in the world. Among the winners: Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, Nelly Furtado, the other Nelly and lifetime achievement winner Rod Stewart.


Pirates at Braves (7:30 p.m. Fri., 7 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. Sun., TBS)
Cardinals at Reds (7 p.m. Sat., FX)
White Sox at Tigers (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)
Phillies at Mets (1 p.m. Mon., ESPN2)
Diamondbacks at Giants (4 p.m. Mon., ESPN)
Rockies at Dodgers (4 p.m. Mon., ESPN2)
Yankees at Red Sox (7 p.m. Mon., ESPN2)
Expos at Braves (7:30 p.m. Mon., ESPN)

Auto racing:
Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m EST/8 a.m. PST, Sun., ABC)

NBA playoffs:
Spurs at Lakers, Game 3 (9 p.m. Fri., NBC); Game 4 (5:30 p.m. Sun., NBC)
76ers at Bucks, Game 3 (5:30 p.m. Sat., NBC); Game 4 (5:30 p.m. Mon., NBC)

Stanley Cup finals:
Devils at Avalanche, Game 1 (8 p.m. Sat., ESPN)

Talk (Friday)

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Nathan Lane, Michelle Lee
David Letterman (CBS) Danny DeVito, Larry Miller
Jay Leno (NBC) David Duchovny, Kate Beckinsale
Dennis Miller (HBO) Dave Grohl
Politically Incorrect (ABC) A.J. Benza, David Hasselhoff
Conan O'Brien (NBC) Eric McCormack
Craig Kilborn (CBS) Ben Affleck, Colleen Haskell

All times Eastern unless noted.

By Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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