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Autumn Artillery

October 29, 2000|SUSAN KING | TIMES STAFF WRITER

The fall season was delayed by the Summer Olympics, but the all-important November sweeps is arriving on time. Beginning Thursday, networks will once again seek to entice viewers with "event" programming.

NBC will feature the all-time movie box-office giant, "Titanic." ABC offers up three new "Wonderful World of Disney" movies, and on CBS' plate are two big miniseries, as well as the latest "Hallmark Hall of Fame" drama.

On the series front, Fox's "The Simpsons" celebrates its 250th episode. Here's a look at the highlights:

SERIES

"The Simpsons": The long-running animated series presents its annual Halloween special, "Treehouse of Horror XI," Wednesday; The Who guest on the 12th season premiere and the 250th episode. Sunday, Fox.

"Normal, Ohio": John Goodman stars in a sitcom about a man who returns to his hometown to reconnect with his family, four years after telling them he is gay. Wednesday, Fox.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Saturday October 28, 2000 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 2 Entertainment Desk 2 inches; 41 words Type of Material: Correction
Photo caption--A photo from "The Simpsons" on the cover of the TV Times edition coming out this weekend is from the Nov. 5 episode, "A Tale of Two Springfields," featuring the Who. It was incorrectly identified on the cover as coming from the series' Halloween special, which airs Wednesday.
For the Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday November 5, 2000 Home Edition TV Times Page 3 Television Desk 1 inches; 32 words Type of Material: Correction
Wrong caption: An illustration from "The Simpsons" on the cover of the Oct. 29 TV Times was from the Nov. 5 "A Tale of Two Springfields" episode, featuring the Who. It was incorrectly identified as from the series' Halloween special.

"The $treet": Darren Star's ("Sex and the City") latest series--an ensemble drama about a group of twentysomethings working on Wall Street. Wednesday, Fox.

"20/20": Barbara Walters sits down again with Barbra Streisand to talk about her final live appearances and her marriage to James Brolin. Friday, ABC.

"The X-Files": The sci-fi series returns for its eighth season with a new partner (Robert Patrick) for Scully (Gillian Anderson). Nov. 5, Fox.

"Moesha": NAACP President Kweisi Mfume guest stars. Nov. 6, UPN.

"The Railway Children": Jenny Agutter and Richard Attenborough star in the "Masterpiece Theatre" adaptation of the famed children's novel. Nov. 12, KCET and KVCR.

"Hitler's Lost Sub": This edition of "Nova" focuses on a missing German U-boat located 60 miles off the New Jersey shore with its torpedoes unexploded and the bodies of the crew on board. Nov. 14, KCET and KVCR.

"ER": Sally Field begins a limited run on the No. 1 drama series as the mother of Abby Lockhart (Maura Tierney). Nov. 16, NBC.

"Sheep in the City": Premiere of new animated series about a sheep on the lam. Nov. 17, Cartoon Network.

"Chuck Jones: Extremes and In-Betweens, a Life in Animation": "Great Performances" profile of the celebrated Looney Tunes animator and director. Nov. 22, KCET and KVCR.

"On Cukor": "American Masters" documentary on the Oscar-winning George Cukor, who directed such classics as "My Fair Lady and "The Philadelphia Story." Nov. 22, KCET and KVCR.

DOCUMENTARIES

"Hidden Victims: Children of Domestic Violence": Dylan McDermott hosts an exploration of the impact of domestic violence on children. Nov. 6, Lifetime.

"Napoleon": The first-ever long-form documentary on the famed French leader Napoleon Bonaparte. The film explores his vision, aspirations, defeats and his love for Josephine Beauharnais. Nov. 8 and 15, KCET and KVCR.

"Blocked: The Novelist's Experience in Hollywood": Carrie Fisher hosts this examination of the difficulties writers encounter making the transition from novelist to Hollywood scriptwriter. Included are interviews with Ray Bradbury, Budd Schulberg, Michael Tolkin and Joseph Wambaugh. Nov. 18, AMC.

"Why Doctors Make Mistakes": Four-hour look at the nature and extent of medical errors made by doctors and nurses, as well as why mistakes are made. Nov. 19-20, Learning Channel.

"Founding Fathers": Roger Mudd hosts a four-part exploration of the men who fought for independence against the British, shaping the destiny of the United States. Nov. 27-30, History Channel.

"Sabretooth": A paleo-detective story that examines the biology as well as the behavior of the most successful killing machine of its time. Nov. 27, Discovery Channel.

SPECIALS

"The Radio Music Awards": Creed and 'N Sync head the list of nominees of these awards recognizing the achievements of recording artists and radio personalities. Saturday, ABC.

"SNL's Presidential Bash 2000": "Saturday Night Live" goes prime time for this special comedic look at the presidential elections. Nov. 4, NBC.

"Women of the WCW": Profiles of three of the WCW's top female wrestlers, Torrie, Paisley and Miss Hancock, as they prepare and compete in matches. Nov. 5, E! Entertainment Television.

"False Memories"': Kathy Bates narrates this look at how false memories are created. Included are interviews with psychologists, victims of false memories and police officers. Nov. 14, The Learning Channel.

"The Master of Deception": Tony Mendez, a retired chief of disguise for the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology, explains how the agency uses the art of disguise to confuse and overcome the enemy. Nov. 19, Discovery Channel.

"Arthur's Perfect Christmas": The popular animated star headlines a holiday special. Nov. 23, KCET and KVCR.

"Faith Hill Special": The award-winning country-western singer headlines a musical special. Nov. 23, CBS.

"Grand Ole Opry 75th--A Celebration": Vince Gill and Dolly Parton hosts a star-studded tribute to the country music venue. Nov. 23, CBS.

"Holidays With the Stars": Celebs discuss how they celebrate the holidays. Nov. 26, E! Entertainment Television.

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