Archive for Saturday, January 6, 2001

Two chances to catch Newhart

January 6, 2001

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Fans of Bob Newhart's deadpan delivery are in for a double treat. The rumpled comedian co-stars with Kelsey Grammer in the first of two light-hearted sports fantasies featured in the cable movie, "The Sports Pages" (7 p.m., Sunday, Showtime).

Starring in the title role of "How Doc Waddems Broke 100," Newhart's character dolefully relates that he is among the 60 percent of all golfers who have never broken 100, and for whom that has become an all-consuming goal. In a deft parody of every trial drama ever screened, Waddems takes the witness stand to explain how he came to murder Howard Greene (Kelsey Grammer) on the 18th hole.

For more of the man behind the button-downed-mind, there's "Bob Newhart: The Last Sane Man" on "Biography" (7 p.m., Sunday, A&E;).

Not a harsh word is spoken on this affectionate retrospective.

Featuring four photogenic female homicide cops, "The Division" (8 p.m., Sunday, Lifetime) is closer to "Cagney & Cagney & Lacey & Lacey" than "Charlie's Angels."

Set in a gritty police precinct in San Francisco, "The Division" stars Bonnie Bedelia, Lela Rochon Fuqua, Tracey Needham, Lisa Vidal and Nancy McKeon.

"E! True Hollywood Story" (8 p.m., Sunday, E!) looks at the far-fetched sitcom, "The Beverly Hillbillies." Reviled by critics, "The Beverly Hillbillies" remains one of the most popular sitcoms ever made.

Saturday's highlights

Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt star in the 1997 drama, "The Devil's Own" (7 p.m., NBC).

Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage star in the 1996 blow-em-up, "The Rock" (7 p.m., ABC).

Sunday's highlights

Scheduled new reports on "60 Minutes" (6 p.m., CBS): Chinese power struggle during Tiananmen; a lawsuit against Wal-mart; Internet gambling.

Jim Carrey stars in the 1994 comedy, "The Mask" (6 p.m., ABC).

Gerard Depardieu and John Malkovich star in the four-hour TV adaptation of Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables" (6 p.m., Family).

Forrest Sawyer hosts "America's New Heroin Epidemics: Along Comes the Horse" (7 p.m., MSNBC).

Pierce Brosnan hosts the live broadcast of "Heroes for the Planet: A Salute to National Geographic" (7 p.m., CNBC and National Geographic Channel). Rebroadcast on Fox News at 8 p.m.

Kevin James hosts the 27th Annual People's Choice Awards (8 p.m., CBS).

Steven Seagal, Michael Caine and Joan Chen star in the 1994 thriller, "On Deadly Ground" (8 p.m., NBC).

Lindsay fears that Hinks may have killed again on "The Practice" (9 p.m., ABC).

Saved from cancellation by more than 25,000 e-mails, letters and faxes, "La Femme Nikita" (9 p.m., USA) returns for a final eight-episode season.

The gritty prison drama "Oz" (9 p.m., HBO) returns with eight new episodes.

Set in the backbiting, gossipy world of a Hollywood studio, "The Lot" enters its second season (9 p.m., AMC).

Saturday series

Lydia makes an extra effort to bond with Mom on "That's Life" (7 p.m.) ... Back-to-back episodes of "Cops" (7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Fox).

Helping a deprived boxer get his chance on "Walker, Texas Ranger" (8 p.m., CBS) ... A police dog competition on "America's Most Wanted" (8 p.m., Fox) ... A serial killer targets street walkers on "The District" (9 p.m., CBS).

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