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WEEKEND TV

Movies, Movies Almost Everywhere

March 13, 1997|SUSAN KING | TIMES STAFF WRITER

New network and cable movies dominate this weekend's TV fare.

Beau Bridges, Phil Hartman and James Coburn headline HBO's "The Second Civil War," Saturday at 9 p.m. Joe Dante directs and Barry Levinson executive-produces this dark comedy set in the near future, which finds the Idaho governor starting a civil conflict when he closes his borders to orphaned refugees from Pakistan.

Susan Dey, Cotter Smith and Cicely Tyson star in the ABC movie, "Bridge of Time," airing Saturday at 9 p.m. on Channel 7. This "Lost Horizon"-esque drama deals with a United Nations negotiator, her ex-husband and a fortune hunter who are rescued from a plane crash by the inhabitants of a lost city.

Mandy Patinkin plays the deformed bell ringer Quasimodo in "The Hunchback," TNT's new version of the Victor Hugo classic, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," which can be seen Sunday at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Richard Harris and Salma Hayek also star.

Stephanie Zimbalist and Dan Lauria star in Lifetime's "Prison of Secrets," Sunday at 8 p.m. Zimbalist plays a middle-class wife and mother who is given a 10-year prison sentence for fraudulent concealment. She discovers the prison's male guards are pushing drugs and running a prostitution ring.

Janine Turner, Jean Louisa Kelly, Patrick Bergin and Michael Greyeyes star in the CBS movie, "Stolen Women: Captured Hearts," airing Sunday at 9 p.m. on Channel 2. The period western finds Turner playing a newlywed captured by a Lakota Indian chief with whom she instantly falls in love.

The ever-busy Tori Spelling stars in ABC's thriller, "Alibi," airing Sunday at 9 p.m. on Channel 7. Spelling plays a championship skier who becomes involved in an anonymous telephone relationship, only to learn she's an alibi for murder.

Elsewhere this weekend:

Thursday

The NCAA Basketball Tournament kicks off at 9 a.m. on Channel 2 with four first-round games. After the morning match, other games follow at 11:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

While "ER" is on sabbatical, NBC is filling its 10 p.m. time slot with a three-part edition of its long-running "Law & Order." The New York-based cops and attorneys travel to the City of Angels to work on a case involving the murder of a film executive. Janeane Garofalo guest-stars.

The KCBS special "What's Right in Southern California," airing at 9:30 p.m. on Channel 2, presents local stories that effect friends, families and neighbors. Additional programs air Friday at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Friday

Host, writer and producer John Pierson interviews independent filmmakers on the new Bravo series "Split Screen" at 6 p.m. The first installment features Spike Lee and John Waters and his mentor Herschell Gordon Lewis.

"Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch," at 7 and midnight on Bravo, profiles the director of such offbeat flicks as "Eraserhead," "Blue Velvet," "Wild at Heart" and the current "Lost Highway."

Saturday

The NCAA Tournament enters it second round today with four games at 9 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Channel 2.

PBS repeats the popular "Great Performances" special "Les Miserables in Concert," at 8 p.m. on Channel 28. Colm Wilkinson recreates his original role of Jean Valjean in this 10th anniversary performance, which was taped at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Sunday

Aidan Quinn, most recently seen in "Michael Collins," narrates the A&E documentary "The Irish in America," at 5 and 9 p.m. The two-hour special chronicles the trials and tribulations of 5 million men, women and children who emigrated to American between 1650 and 1922.

The Bee Gees are the latest guests on VH1's "Storytellers," at 7 and 10 p.m. Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb chat about the stories behind their hit songs "To Love Somebody," "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" and "How Deep Is Your Love."

Recorded last December, the PBS special "Placido Domingo: The Covent Garden Gold and Silver Gala," at 8 p.m. on Channel 28, marks the 25th anniversary of the tenor's first appearance at London's Covent Garden and the 50th anniversary of the theater.

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