Saturday, October 12, 2002
Don't go looking for laughs in the screen biography "Gleason" (8 p.m. Sunday, CBS), starring Brad Garrett as the Great One. Garrett, who just won an Emmy for his role as Raymond's sad-sack brother Robert on "Everybody Loves Raymond," does a remarkable job here, capturing Jackie Gleason's volcanic comic energy as well as his brooding, nasty, chain-smoking and alcoholic off-stage personality.
"Gleason" may not be the feel-good movie of the year, but viewers owe it to themselves to catch Garrett's memorable ï¿½ and career-making ï¿½ performance. Move over Raymond, a star is born.
ï¿½ "Bang Bang You're Dead" (7 p.m. Sunday, Showtime) takes an unflinching look at high school cliques and social cruelty and the violence they inspire. Tom Cavanagh stars as Val Duncan, a concerned drama teacher who believes that he can engage his school's most volatile student, Trevor (Ben Foster), by casting him in a one-act play about a Columbine-like school shooting.
For all of its gritty realism, the film's precocious teens are simply too self-aware and articulate to be believed. Cavanagh, who plays a naive romantic on "Ed," plays an idealistic romantic here. Look for Janel Moloney ("West Wing") as his more down-to-earth faculty colleague.
ï¿½ "Brady Bunch" star Maureen McCormick takes a polyester time trip on "That '70s Home" (8 p.m. Sunday, HGTV), an affectionate look back at the curious furniture, fads and decor choices of the decade when almost every refrigerator seemed to come in one of two colors: harvest gold or avocado. More than mere nostalgia, "Home" looks at some of the 1970s artifacts that have become expensive collectibles and even museum pieces.
ï¿½ The Twins and Angels meet in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series (7 p.m., Fox).
ï¿½ Patrick Stewart stars in the 1998 sci-fi thriller "Star Trek: Insurrection" (8 p.m., NBC).
ï¿½ More than 30 years after its release, Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" (11 p.m., BBC America) remains one of the most controversial and influential dramas in screen history.
Sunday's other highlights
ï¿½ Scheduled on "60 Minutes" (6 p.m., CBS): Mental illness and gun ownership; America's best employer; former employees reveal an insurance company's ethical shortcuts.
ï¿½ Scheduled on "Dateline" (6 p.m., NBC): How Americans walk away from more than $15 billion in "lost property" every year.
ï¿½ The Giants and Cardinals meet in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series (6:30 p.m., Fox).
ï¿½ Junior's trial continues on "The Sopranos" (8 p.m., HBO).
ï¿½ A slick lawyer may have murdered his girlfriend on "Boomtown" (9 p.m., NBC).
Evil Monique strikes again on "Touched by an Angel" (7 p.m., CBS) ï¿½ A former pop star finds himself wanted for murder on "Forensic Files" (7 p.m., NBC) ï¿½ Mannion tackles two child pornography cases on "The District" (8 p.m., CBS) ï¿½ Kabul rumblings on "The Agency" (9 p.m., CBS).
John pleads with Chris on "Becker" (7 p.m., CBS) ï¿½ Meg has a "Bandstand" rival on "American Dreams" (7 p.m., NBC) ï¿½ A boy's enchanted drawings come to life on "Charmed" (7 p.m., WB).
Bram disposes of Alice's beloved pet on "Bram and Alice" (7:30 p.m., CBS) ï¿½ Murder shocks a college campus on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (8 p.m., NBC).
Jack meets Syd's mom for the first time in 20 years on "Alias" (8 p.m., ABC) ï¿½ Relic hunting proves expensive on "Angel" (8 p.m., WB) ï¿½ The firm takes a second crack at Lindsay's case on "The Practice" (9 p.m., ABC).