Saturday, September 25, 2004
Anybody searching for proof that gambling makes you act and look stupid should go no further than the bleak, claustrophobic biopic "Hustle" (8 p.m. today, ESPN). Tom Sizemore, in a succession of bad wigs, plays Pete Rose, whose status as one of baseball's great players evaporated in a bookmaking scandal. In this film, Rose's own wife describes him as a "degenerate" gambler in 1986, three years before his public scandal. She has reason to be angry. He surrounds himself with a posse of yes-men, each dumber and more desperate than himself. Between all the dimwitted banter and bad hair, "Hustle" unfolds like a doomed "Three Stooges" movie.
• Fans of "Meet the Parents" should pounce on "The Worst Week of My Life" (8 p.m. Sunday, BBC America), a seven-part series counting down the days before Mel (Sarah Alexander) and Howard's (Ben Miller) wedding day.
Everything that can go wrong does, and almost always in a cringe-inducing fashion. When Howard's office throws a champagne toast for the groom-to-be, a deranged co-worker claims she's having his baby. He then loses the engagement ring, destroys the intricate seating arrangement for the reception, and gets caught by his prospective father-in-law doing something in the bathroom that looks pretty dreadful. And that's just the first day of this very funny "Week."
Tonight's other highlights
• A busy executive (Tom Hanks) gets to cool his heels on a desert island in the 2001 drama "Cast Away" (7 p.m., ABC).
• Scheduled on "48 Hours Investigates" (9 p.m., CBS): two boys write a murder mystery screenplay that rings too true to life.
Sunday's other highlights
• Scheduled on "60 Minutes" (6 p.m., CBS): abuse and exploitation of elderly patients; a profile of Bill O'Reilly.
• Meg's arrest clouds Jack's political prospects on the third-season premiere of "American Dreams" (7 p.m., NBC).
• Denis Leary is host of "Fashion Rocks" (7 p.m., Fox), a live concert from Radio City Music Hall.
• A widower and his eight children need shelter on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (7 p.m., ABC).
• Paul Sorvino guest stars on "Jack and Bobby" (7 p.m., WB).
• A power outage results in a multicar pileup on "Crossing Jordan" (9 p.m., NBC).