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Friday/weekend: "The Wizard of Oz" reimagined as a science-fiction suspense thriller? Plus: What did you think of "Kathy Griffin: Straight to Hell"?


Salon Staff
November 30, 2007 4:00PM (UTC)

Weekend Pick

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Leave it to Sci Fi to reimagine Dorothy Gale as a plucky, motorcycle-riding heroine played by Zooey Deschanel. Whether or not you enjoy seeing Frank L. Baum's novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" retooled as a six-hour science-fiction suspense thriller will depend largely on how attached you are to the 1939 movie, and how disappointed you feel when, instead of bursting into the heartbreakingly melancholy strains of "Over the Rainbow," Deschanel whines to her parents that she's not going to stay in some two-bit town forever, and then runs off to pout in the attic. Whether it's the dream sequences straight out of an old Kate Bush video, the severe Ewok Village dorkiness of the updated tribal munchkins, or the fact that the tin man is a depressed former cop, the odd creative choices of "Tin Man" (Part 1 of the three-part movie premieres 9 p.m. EST Sunday, Dec. 2, on Sci Fi) should keep you interested when the clunky lines of dialogue and unconvincing wicked witch -- or rather sorceress -- don't.

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On Friday, the top 25 highlights from the Grammy Awards, including performances by Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand and Prince, make up CBS's special "My Night at the Grammys" (8 p.m. EST); the finale of the odd and riveting "America's Psychic Challenge" airs at 10 p.m. EST on Lifetime; and National Geographic's "Hidden Plague" chronicles the AIDS epidemic in India (10 p.m. EST). On Saturday, the season finale of "Torchwood" airs at 9 p.m. EST on BBC America. On Sunday, "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project" offers a close-up look at Rickles that includes interviews and highlights from his Vegas act (8 p.m. EST on HBO); "Last Laugh '07 Starring Lewis Black" (10 p.m. EST on Comedy Central) features comedians Black, Dave Attell and DL Hughley chronicling the year's political and pop cultural mishaps; and the season finale of "Brotherhood" airs at 10 p.m. EST on Showtime.

Last night

What did you think of "Kathy Griffin: Straight to Hell" on Thursday night? Go here to discuss.

On the talk shows -- Friday

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EST

Jane Krakowski, Billy Ray Cyrus

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EST

Sissy Spacek, guest co-host Gloria Estefan

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Brad Womack, Josh Brolin, Keith Urban

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers: Home for the Holidays

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

Bill Clinton

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EST

Sen. Fred Thompson

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST

Al Gore, Jim Short (repeat)

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST

Johnny Depp, David Hasselhoff, George Wallace (repeat)

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Shirley MacLaine

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST

TBA

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST

Tina Fey, Kenneth Branagh, Ani DiFranco (repeat)

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST

John Waters, Alex Borstein, Plain White T's (repeat)

Contributors: Megan Doll, Heather Havrilesky, Eryn Loeb, Amy Reiter


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