Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

What to Watch

A day-to-day guide to notable programs (times are Eastern standard and are subject to change)

Posted on

Monday October 20

8-9PM
Where Have You Gone, Joe Dimaggio? (HBO) A tribute to baseball’s Yankee Clipper, Marilyn Monroe’s ex, and Mr. Coffee’s pitchman.

8-9PM
Biography (A&E, TV-PG) Bombshells away! A profile of Jane Russell kicks off a week of pinup bios — on Rita Hayworth, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Grable.

8:30-9PM
Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS, TV-PG) A half hour of Ray Romano’s (above right) sitcom packs more suburban-family insight — and belly laughs — than an entire season of Home Improvement. This week, Ray endures an anxiety ”episode” on a golf course and consults a doctor — who prescribes more golf, much to the chagrin of wife Debra (the marvelous Patricia Heaton, left). A+ BF

9-10PM
Ally McBeal (Fox, TV-PG-DS) A supermarket scuffle over a bag of potato chips lands the sassy litigator a hearing before the state bar.

9:30-10PM
George & Leo (CBS, TV-G) Ted’s restaurant gets a bad review, adding to his already raging insecurity.

10-11PM
Strictly Supernatural (Discovery Channel, TV-G) Think of the three-part miniseries (on séances, tarot, and astrology) as a cram session for Halloween. (Airs through Oct. 22)

10-11PM
Brooklyn South (CBS, TV-14-L) As if to remind us that we are watching a Stephen Bochco production … a troupe of exhibitionists in clown getups are arrested for performing illegal sex acts (though thankfully not while packed into a tiny car).

Tuesday October 21

NBC PROGRAMMING WILL BE PREEMPTED DUE TO COVERAGE OF THE WORLD SERIES

8-8:30PM
Soul Man (ABC, TV-PG-L) Dan Aykroyd’s ecclesiastical sitcom moves to a new time slot with an episode guest-starring John Goodman (above left) as an old Air Force pal who shows up at the minister’s door with a weighty conscience and some tragic news. ”He’s a little lost right now, he’s hitting the booze pretty hard,” says Goodman. ”He just really didn’t know what to do with himself. And Dan kind of helps him out.” He adds, ”All the makings of rollicking comedy are right there.”

Series Debut 8:30-9PM
Over The Top (ABC, TV-G) The new sitcom stars Annie Potts as the manager of a New York hotel and Tim Curry as the flaky ex-husband she reluctantly takes on as a partner.

9-11PM* Frontline (PBS) This week’s doc, ”Behind the Mask: The IRA and Sinn Fein,” looks at the Irish terrorist group and its more palatable political mouthpiece. *Check Local Listings

10-11PM
Love, Lust And Marriage: Why We Stay, Why We Stray (ABC) John Stossel turns his quizzical gaze upon the primal tug-of-war between philandering and fidelity that marks human relationships.

Wednesday October 22

NBC PROGRAMMING WILL BE PREEMPTED DUE TO COVERAGE OF THE WORLD SERIES

8-8:30PM
Spin City (ABC, TV-PG-L) Carter is falsely arrested as a mugger while out jogging and wants to raise hell about it, putting Mike in a bit of a pickle.

8-9PM
Beverly Hills, 90210 (Fox, TV-14-LV) David finds out that his band, on the verge of signing a record deal, is spouting hate lyrics.

8:30-9PM
Dharma & Greg (ABC, TV-PG) Rather than get jealous over the arrival of Greg’s old girlfriend, Dharma tries to find a husband for her.

8:30-9PM
Murphy Brown (CBS, TV-PG-L) Before Murphy can tell her suddenly sentient son, Avery (Haley Joel Osment), about her cancer, she’s got to own up to it herself.

9-10PM
Party Of Five (Fox, TV-PG) Big bro Charlie blows his top after the roof at Salingers’ restaurant caves in.

9-11PM
Divided By Hate (USA, TV-PG) Dylan Walsh (Brooklyn South, right) is a struggling farmhand bent on rescuing his wife (Andrea Roth), who has come under the spell of evil preacher, Steve Riordan (Tom Skerritt, who also directed). Espousing both the glory of Christ and the evils of bankers, government, and Jews, Riordan shuffles her off to a militia camp faster than you can say David Koresh. There, the farmer-friendly minister attempts some plowing of his own. Though Skerritt’s steel-eyed villainy is creepy enough, he’s found a way to make a tale of God, guns, and racism nearly passionless. And that’s just unforgivable. C Mike Flaherty

10-11PM
Crash Test! (TLC, TV-G) This clip-heavy look at the science of car safety sure beats waiting for auto-race crack-ups.

Thursday October 23

NBC PROGRAMMING MAY BE PREEMPTED DUE TO COVERAGE OF THE WORLD SERIES

8-9PM
Nothing Sacred (ABC, TV-PG) Bummed by Leo’s absence, Ray has a hard time connecting with God and is again led into temptation when ex-flame Gemma shows up.

9-10PM
413 Hope St. (Fox, TV-14-LSV) In an episode carrying a viewer rating that looks more like an eye chart, Juanita learns a thing or two about herself while counseling a couple of pregnant Latina gang bangers.

9-10PM
Cracker (ABC, TV-14-LSV) Fitz allies with the LAPD (doesn’t he do this every week?) to catch a murderous young couple on a Natural Born Killers-esque rampage.

10-11PM
48 Hours (CBS) Talk about two-timing: The newsmag echoes John Stossel (see Oct. 21) with a report on adultery.

10-11PM
Garcia V. Garcia: Fighting Over Jerry’s Money (Court TV, TV-PG) ”There’s this guy who represented the hippies’ lack of materialism, and this is what it comes down to,” says Anne Dorfman, the producer of the documentary on the probate struggle over the late Grateful Dead frontman’s bread. In it, Jerry’s ex-wife Carolyn ”Mountain Girl” Garcia (left) alleges a $5 million claim, while his widow and coexecutor of his estate, Deborah Garcia, wishes she’d just keep on truckin’.

Friday October 24

8-8:30PM
Sabrina, The Teenage Witch (ABC, TV-G) Wanting to get inside Harvey’s mind, Sabrina turns herself into a guy and infiltrates his posse.

8-9:30PM
The Producers (Flix, PG) Much like his recently resuscitated 2000 Year-Old-Man, Mel Brooks’ loopy farce (1968), starring Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel (above, with Kenneth Mars), just seems to get funnier with age.

9-9:30PM
The Gregory Hines Show (CBS, TV-PG-L) Another contentious episode of The Courtship of Matty’s Father: This time around, Ben upsets Matty by selling his late mom’s couch.

10-11PM
Homicide: Life On The Street (NBC, TV-14) Pembleton’s handling of the Wilson case is questioned, while newly partnered Munch and Kellerman investigate a murder at Baltimore’s Camden Yards.

Saturday October 25

NBC PROGRAMMING MAY BE PREEMPTED DUE TO COVERAGE OF THE WORLD SERIES

8-9PM
C-16 (ABC, TV-PG-D) A gaggle of affluent teens think their pedigreed stock enables them to pull bank heists with immunity. Olansky and company are out to prove them wrong.

8-10:15PM
Michael Collins (HBO, R) Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, and Stephen Rea star in Neil Jordan’s 1996 drama about the revolutionary Irish leader.

Season Premiere 9-10:30PM
Roger Corman Presents (The Movie Channel, TV-14) In the sci-fi comedy ”Alien Avengers II,” George Wendt and Julie Brown are a do-gooding extraterrestrial couple who find themselves the sheriffs of a small Arizona town.

?10-11PM?
The Practice (ABC, TV-PG-D) Setting the stage for an inevitable sweeps-month hookup, Lara Flynn Boyle’s Helen Gamble hits on Bobby; Eugene and Ellenor represent a man seeking a legal means to coerce his pregnant wife to have a C-section.

Midnight-Midnight
Scooby-Doo Marathon (Cartoon Network, TV-G) Kicking off a weeklong tribute to TV’s longest-running animated series, the cartoon net presents 25 hours (don’t forget to set your clocks back!) of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, the ghost-busting pooch’s original Saturday-morning incarnation.

Sunday October 26

NBC PROGRAMMING MAY BE PREEMPTED DUE TO COVERAGE OF THE WORLD SERIES

7-8:30PM
The Simpsons (Fox, TV-PG-V) The Halloween-themed trilogy leads off with last year’s ”The Springfield Files,” guest-voicing David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Next up is 1996’s ”Treehouse of Horror VII.” Finally, a new ”Treehouse,” one segment of which, ”The Homega Man,” pays homage to Chuck Heston’s sci-fi hoot.

7-9PM
The Wonderful World Of Disney: Tower Of Terror (ABC, TV-G) Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst star in the adventure-comedy about a hack journalist’s revisitation of a 1939 murder.

7-9PM
Mary Higgins Clark’s Let Me Call You Sweetheart (Family Channel, TV-PG) More ex post facto gumshoeing: Meredith Baxter (Family Ties) is a prosecutor who endangers her own life when she reopens an 11-year-old murder case.

8-9PM
What Are You Staring At? (Nickelodeon) Linda Ellerbee hosts the Nick News special, starring Christopher Reeve and MSNBC’s John Hockenberry, which aims at fostering understanding between disabled and able-bodied youths.

8:30-9PM
King Of The Hill (Fox, TV-PG) Sally Field contributes a guest turn as a Bible-thumping activist determined to foil Hank’s Halloween plans and paint him as a satanist.

9-11PM
The Devil’s Child (ABC, TV-14-SV) Halloween may be just around the corner, but it’ll take more than this watered-down Rosemary’s Baby to spook you. After her mother’s death, photographer Nikki De Marco (NYPD Blue‘s Kim Delaney) begins an affair with her new neighbor (Dharma & Greg‘s Thomas Gibson), who turns out to be the Devil in theology professor’s clothing. As part of said mom’s legacy, Nikki must bear Satan’s child. What in the name of Lucifer possessed Delaney to star in and executive produce Child? Must have been the wardrobe: Her black leather pants are far more sinful than anything in Detective Russell’s closet. C-