Saturday, May 22, 2004
Nostalgia overload alert! Viewers can spend three solid hours tonight watching network television and never encounter anything newer than the Jimmy Carter era. CBS offers a repeat of "The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited" (8 p.m.), followed by a second helping of "The Carol Burnett Show: Let's Bump Up the Lights" (9 p.m.). Over on ABC, you can watch "The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour" (8 p.m.).
In the latter special, first aired on Easter Sunday, 20-somethings Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson try their darnedest to imitate the laugh-track patter and song-and-dance moves of Sonny and Cher. "Nick & Jessica" is not so much a television show as an imitation of a TV variety hour that you might see staged in one of a thousand high school gyms or church basements.
- For those looking for slightly more contemporary fare, there's the TV debut of the 2003 feel-good, coming-of-age soccer comedy "Bend It Like Beckham" (9 p.m. today, Cinemax).
- Glenn Close and Patrick Stewart star in the new adaptation of "The Lion in Winter" (6:30 p.m. Sunday, Showtime). The script by William Goldman turns the battle to succeed England's King Henry II in 1183 into a real family ruckus. "The Sopranos" have nothing on the scheming Plantagenets.
- Based on Scott Turow's legal thriller, the two-part miniseries "Reversible Errors" (8 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday) allows viewers to watch husband-and-wife acting team William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman in action. That's a good thing. It also lets us see Tom Selleck as a hard-boiled cop. Perhaps the old P.I. should stick to the Westerns he's come to like so much.
- "The Simpsons" (7 p.m. Sunday, Fox) wraps up its season with a timely crack at media mergers and maniacal monopolists.
- Walter Cronkite ponders life in space on the 1967 science showcase "The 21st Century" (7 p.m., Science Channel).
- "Saturday Night Live" (10:30 p.m., NBC) presents "The Best of Christopher Walken."
- Scheduled on "60 Minutes" (6 p.m., CBS): former Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni analyzes the current military crisis in Iraq; a former gang leader tries to help inner city kids from inside Death Row.