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Kay and Frank (from Homicide) - Laurel's TV Picks

Wednesday, September 11, 2002

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Main TV Picks Page for September 11, 2002 | TVPicks.Net front page.

This version of my TV Picks covers alternatives to the coverage of the anniversary of 9/11/01. If you'd like to read about coverage of the anniversary, you'll want to visit the other version of today's picks.

Expect fewer commercial interruptions today. In some cases, no commercials may air on some networks. Some commercials may have 9/11 content. IMHO the two safest channels to watch if you want to avoid that sort of thing are TCM and TV Land.

TNT, USA, Lifetime, FX are all showing mostly movies in the morning and early afternoon (at the least) as alternatives to the coverage elsewhere.

Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Sci-Fi channel, Bravo, Comedy Central, Animal Planet, PAX, TNN all air their usual weekday lineups, for the most part (Bravo has a 9/11 related special at 9pm; PAX airs the 9/11 episode of Doc at 7pm).

Best Bets:

New York in the Movies on TCM.
Classic sitcoms on TV Land.
Some great baseball games.
Cool movies on AMC.
New episode of Breaking News (Bravo, 7pm and 10pm).
"Lyre Lyre" musical episode of Xena (Oxygen, 5pm and 10pm).

Featured Picks:

Turner Classic Movies is always classy. What are they doing today? They're showing 13 great movies that happen to be set in New York City. You can read all about the films on their website. As usual, some films are letterboxed, all air without commercial interruption.

Here's the list of films:
The Crowd (TCM, 5am)
Manhattan Melodrama (TCM, 7am)
The Lost Weekend (TCM, 9am)
The Clock (TCM, 10:45am)
Side Street (TCM, 12:30pm)
Angels With Dirty Faces (TCM, 2pm)
42nd Street (TCM, 3:45pm)
On The Town (TCM, 5:15pm)
King Kong (TCM, 7pm; the 1933 one)
Sweet Smell Of Success (TCM, 8:45pm)
Manhattan (TCM, 10:30pm)
New York, New York (TCM, 12:15am)
Midnight Cowboy (TCM, 3am)

TV Land also rocks, by the way. They're airing their usual fun lineup of classic sitcoms and dramas. Their only concession to the anniversary? They'll be airing old "I Love New York" ads as their featured "retromercials" today.


TBS has a Little House on the Prairie marathon in the morning.

Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby (AMC, 6:05am, 8:45pm). One of the funniest movies of all time.

Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night (AMC, 7:45am). A film essential.

James Franco stars as James Dean (TNT, 7:45am). With Michael Moriarty, Edward Herrmann. Franco's a hot property now, largely because of his outstanding performance in this biopic.

Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt get talked into letting their kids have a cute St. Bernard (who is nothing but trouble) in Beethoven (USA, 8am, 2pm). With Dean Jones, Oliver Platt, Stanley Tucci, Patricia Heaton, and David Duchovny. Really.

The original brilliant Oscar-winning Frank Capra film Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (AMC, 9:30am). It bears no resemblance to the Adam Sandler remake.

Yo Adrian! Sylvester Stallone in Rocky (TNT, 9:30am), Rocky II (TNT, 11:45am),

Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, and some St. Bernards also star in Beethoven's 2nd (USA, 10am). Judge Rheinhold and Julia Sweeney take over in Beethoven's 3rd (USA, Noon).

Baseball (ESPN, 11:30am). Not sure what game you'll get, but there are many good ones to choose from. And yeah, most Noon games will feature memorial services starting at 11:30am (I'm going to the Twins game at the Metrodome, we're playing the Detroit Tigers).

Miracle On 34th Street (AMC, 11:30am).

"An astronaut (William Shatner) who orbited Venus returns and undergoes a transformation" on The Outer Limits (Sci-Fi, Noon).

Baseball: Montreal Expos at Chicago Cubs (WGN, 1pm).

Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney, William Powell in Mister Roberts (AMC, 1:05pm).

Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants (ESPN, 2:30pm).

Peter Jurasik (of Babylon 5 fame) guest stars on Scarecrow and Mrs. King (PAX, 3pm).

John Wayne in True Grit (AMC, 4:50pm).

"Lyre, Lyre, Hearts on Fire " is the really fun musical episode of Xena, Warrior Princess (Oxygen, 5pm and 10pm). Silly fun.


Baseball: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (ESPN, 6pm).; Baseball: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Devil Rays (ESPN2, 6pm).

New episode of Breaking News (Bravo, 7pm and 10pm).

I love the Powerpuff Girls (Cartoon Network, 7pm, 7:30pm).

Rerun of both parts of The Mists of Avalon (TNT, 7pm-11pm).

The E! True Hollywood Story: Cheers (E!, 7pm-9pm).

Rerun of Deadline (Bravo, 8pm). Oliver Platt stars in this series from Dick Wolf.

"Chile's Angles" episode of Good Eats (Food Network, 8pm and 11pm). How to make salsa.

Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers (Sci-Fi, 8pm-10pm).

Baseball (ESPN, 9pm). Game still TBA.; Baseball: Oakland A's at Anaheim Angels (ESPN2, 9pm). Games may vary. There'll be a moment of silence at 9:11pm during the games and expect some special 9/11 coverage, but so far ESPN's handled this sort of thing gracefully. You can enjoy a good ballgame without having too much 9/11 stuff in it.

Late Night:

Nanci Griffith, other guests TBA on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm).

Sen. John McCain, Goo Goo Dolls, James Woods on The Tonight Show (NBC, 10:35pm).

Sarah Vowell, Carson Daly, Joan Osborne on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (NBC, 11:35pm).

"Scene of the Crime" episode of Homicide: Life on the Street (Court TV, midnight).

Ben Stein, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Marilyn Scott on The Late Late Show (CBS, check your local listings).

Denis Leary, Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise on Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC, check your local listings).

Tomorrow Morning:

Nia Vardalos, Meredith Vieira, Aaron Carter on Live with Regis and Kelly (syndicated, check your local listings).

Catherine Deneuve, Claire Shipman, Eva LaRue, John Callahan on The View (ABC, check your local listings).

Jamie Lynn-Sigler (of The Sopranos), Duncan Sheik, Colin Cowie, Jackee Harry on The Caroline Rhea Show (syndicated, check your local listings).

Honoring Fathers who died on 9/11/01 on Oprah (syndicated, check your local listings).

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TV Quote of the Day:

Munch: I got a call. Special guest at the Waterfront tonight. Wanna guess? The Big Man's coming back. Gonna need a lot of extra light beer tonight . . .
Bayliss: Oh, yeah!
Munch: Cuz you know who's coming back?
Frank: The Big Man!

- from Homicide: Life on the Street


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