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May Flowers

April 22, 2001|SUSAN KING | TIMES STAFF WRITER

May sweeps network programming includes such high-profile movies and miniseries as "Blonde," "Anne Frank" and "Steve Martini's The Judge," as well as a "Wonderful World of Disney" portrait of child star Shirley Temple. Documentaries examine everything from the formation of the rock band Wings to the history of Islam. Series welcome special guests including Sting on "Ally McBeal." And "3rd Rock From the Sun," "Walker, Texas Ranger" and "Star Trek: Voyager" are bidding farewell to fans.

Here's a look at highlights for sweeps, which kick off Thursday and continue through May 23.

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SPECIALS

"ABC's Wide World of Sports 40th Anniversary Special": Veteran Jim McKay hosts a two-hour retrospective of memorable moments and personalities on the sports series. April 29, ABC.

"Islam: Empire of Faith": Documentary telling the story of Islamic power and faith during its first 1,000 years, from the birth of the prophet Muhammad to the peak of the Ottoman Empire under the reign of Suliman the Magnificent. May 8, KCET and KVCR.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday April 29, 2001 Home Edition TV Times Page 3 Television Desk 2 inches; 39 words Type of Material: Correction
Sweeps: Two television networks made late changes in their sweeps programming described in the April 22 TV Times cover story. The episode of "Friends" with Denise Richards aired on April 19 on NBC. And "Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace" will air on Fox in the fall, not April 29.

"The 36th Annual Academy of Music Country Awards": LeAnn Rimes hosts the three-hour broadcast from Universal Amphitheatre. May 9, CBS.

"Conquistadors With Michael Wood": The British historian returns with a two-part documentary on the conquest of the New World during the 16th century. May 9 and 16, KCET and KVCR.

"Wingspan": Featuring interviews with Paul McCartney, this documentary offers the inside story of how Paul and his late wife, Linda, followed the Beatles and McCartney's brief solo career with their own rock band, Wings. May 11, ABC.

"The 50th Annual Miss Universe Pageant": More than 80 young woman complete for the title. May 11, CBS.

"Saturday Night Live Mother's Day Special": A prime-time edition of "SNL." May 13, NBC.

"The 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards": Kathie Lee Gifford hosts this ceremony honoring the best in daytime programming as well as game shows. The two-hour event is telecast from Radio City Music Hall in New York. May 18, NBC.

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MOVIES AND MINISERIES

"Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace": The 1999 prequel to "Star Wars" makes its TV debut, bypassing cable and pay-per-view. Jake Lloyd, Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman star in the film written and directed by George Lucas. April 29, Fox.

"On Golden Pond": Thirty-six years after they starred together in "The Sound of Music," Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer reunite for this live telecast of Ernest Thompson's play about an elderly couple returning to their summer home. April 29, CBS.

"Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man": Angela Lansbury reprises her Jessica Fletcher role in the third TV movie based on her long-running CBS series. This time, Jessica discovers a family secret. Phylicia Rashad co-stars. May 2, CBS.

"Follow the Stars Home": Kimberly Williams, Campbell Scott and Blair Brown star in a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" drama about a woman who falls in love with a free spirit, not realizing that his no-nonsense brother may be the one who is actually her soul mate. May 6, CBS.

"Steve Martini's The Judge": Chris Noth, Edward James Olmos and Lolita Davidovich in a two-part adaptation of the suspense thriller about an arrogant judge who turns for help to his longtime adversary, an idealistic attorney, when he is accused of murder. May 6-7, NBC.

"Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story": A "Wonderful World of Disney" biopic about the enormously popular actress of the '30s. Ashley Rose Orr, Hinton Battle and Colin Friels star. May 13, ABC.

"Blonde": Poppy

Montgomery stars in this four-hour fictional account of Norma Jeane Baker, a.k.a. Marilyn Monroe, based on the book by Joyce Carol Oates. Ann-Margret, Patricia Richardson, Kirstie Alley, Wallace Shawn, Griffin Dunne, Titus Welliver and Eric Bogosian also star. May 13 and 16, CBS.

"Dr. Quinn, Winter's Heart": Jane Seymour, Joe Lando and other cast members from the CBS series return for a two-hour movie following Dr. Mike and Sully as they return to Boston to celebrate their daughter's graduation from medical school. May 12, CBS.

"Anne Frank": Ben Kingsley, Hanna Taylor-Gordon and Brenda Blethyn star in this two-part adaptation of Melissa Muller's acclaimed biography about the young girl who became the voice for all the children killed in the Holocaust. May 20-21, ABC.

"The Kimes": Mary Tyler Moore, Robert Forster, Jean Stapleton and Gabriel Olds in the true story of Sante and Kenny Kimes, the mother and son grifters convicted of the 1998 murder of a wealthy New York socialite. May 20, CBS.

"Submerged": Sam Neill and Emily Procter star in the true story--based on Peter Maas' "The Terrible Hours"--of a rescue of trapped American sailors on a sunken sub during World War II. May 20, NBC.

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SERIES

"Touched by an Angel": Valerie Bertinelli joins the cast as an angel who needs guidance from Monica, April 29; Randy Travis guests on the two-part musical season finale. May 13 and 20, CBS.

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