Dress ties together stories

Saturday, October 27, 2001

Viewers in search of the predictable, the romantic and the sentimental could do worse than "The Wedding Dress" (8 p.m. Sunday, CBS).

Using a dramatic device that dates to the 1942 anthology "Tales of Manhattan," "Dress" presents five intersecting love stories. Each couple find their lives transformed when they come in contact with the same old-fashioned handmade wedding gown. Neil Patrick Harris stars as a photographer too blind to notice that his pretty assistant (Kathryne Dora Brown) is in love with him.

Through mishaps of thievery, chance and mislabeled FedEx packages, the dress also touches the love lives of characters played by Tyne Daly and Margaret Colin. Daly, who is Brown's real-life mother, plays her mom in this television romance.

� The WB network has apparently decided that Sunday nights are appropriate for witless vulgarity. On "Men, Women & Dogs" (7:30 p.m., WB), a character refuses to be painted because he worries about the size of his manhood. "Off Centre" (8 p.m., WB) centers on watching porn videos. On "Nikki" (8:30 p.m., WB), Dwight and Nikki become professional condom testers. The good news is that these dreadful comedies rank among the least-watched shows on television.

Today's highlights

� The Arizona Diamondbacks host the New York Yankees in game 1 of the World Series (6:30 p.m., Fox).

� Kevin Kline stars in the 1997 comedy "In And Out" (8 p.m., NBC).

� Julia Roberts stars in the 1997 comedy "My Best Friend's Wedding" (8 p.m., ABC).

Sunday's highlights

� Scheduled on "60 Minutes" (6 p.m., CBS): Iraq's opinion of Osama bin Laden; the new "village" that has emerged at Ground Zero; Arab and Israeli teens seem more distant than ever.

� The voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen are heard in the 1995 computer-animated comedy "Toy Story" (6 p.m., ABC).

� The Arizona Diamondbacks host the New York Yankees in game 2 of the World Series (6:30 p.m., Fox).

� The Steven Bochco legal melodrama "L.A. Law" is recalled on "True Hollywood Story" (7 p.m., E!).

� A victim's reputation undergoes renovations on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (8 p.m., NBC).

� Sloane has new suspicions about Sydney on "Alias" (8 p.m., ABC).

� A key confession may not be admissible on "The Practice" (9 p.m., ABC).

� America's favorite "spinach-loving" sailor returns on "I'm Popeye" (midnight, Cartoon Network), featuring fully restored prints of the animated classic.

Today's series

� All are new ... The angels hope to heal a religious rift between father and daughter on "Touched by an Angel" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Tom Bergeron hosts "America's Funniest Home Videos" (7 p.m., ABC) ... Ellen throws her hat into the ring on "Citizen Baines" (8 p.m., CBS).