Monday October 20
Where Have You Gone, Joe Dimaggio? (HBO) A tribute to baseball’s Yankee Clipper, Marilyn Monroe’s ex, and Mr. Coffee’s pitchman.
Biography (A&E, TV-PG) Bombshells away! A profile of Jane Russell kicks off a week of pinup bios — on Rita Hayworth, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Grable.
Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS, TV-PG) A half hour of Ray Romano’s (above right) sitcom packs more suburban-family insight — and belly laughs — than an entire season of Home Improvement. This week, Ray endures an anxiety ”episode” on a golf course and consults a doctor — who prescribes more golf, much to the chagrin of wife Debra (the marvelous Patricia Heaton, left). A+ — BF
Ally McBeal (Fox, TV-PG-DS) A supermarket scuffle over a bag of potato chips lands the sassy litigator a hearing before the state bar.
George & Leo (CBS, TV-G) Ted’s restaurant gets a bad review, adding to his already raging insecurity.
Strictly Supernatural (Discovery Channel, TV-G) Think of the three-part miniseries (on séances, tarot, and astrology) as a cram session for Halloween. (Airs through Oct. 22)
Brooklyn South (CBS, TV-14-L) As if to remind us that we are watching a Stephen Bochco production … a troupe of exhibitionists in clown getups are arrested for performing illegal sex acts (though thankfully not while packed into a tiny car).
Tuesday October 21
NBC PROGRAMMING WILL BE PREEMPTED DUE TO COVERAGE OF THE WORLD SERIES
Soul Man (ABC, TV-PG-L) Dan Aykroyd’s ecclesiastical sitcom moves to a new time slot with an episode guest-starring John Goodman (above left) as an old Air Force pal who shows up at the minister’s door with a weighty conscience and some tragic news. ”He’s a little lost right now, he’s hitting the booze pretty hard,” says Goodman. ”He just really didn’t know what to do with himself. And Dan kind of helps him out.” He adds, ”All the makings of rollicking comedy are right there.”
Series Debut 8:30-9PM
Over The Top (ABC, TV-G) The new sitcom stars Annie Potts as the manager of a New York hotel and Tim Curry as the flaky ex-husband she reluctantly takes on as a partner.
9-11PM* Frontline (PBS) This week’s doc, ”Behind the Mask: The IRA and Sinn Fein,” looks at the Irish terrorist group and its more palatable political mouthpiece. *Check Local Listings
Love, Lust And Marriage: Why We Stay, Why We Stray (ABC) John Stossel turns his quizzical gaze upon the primal tug-of-war between philandering and fidelity that marks human relationships.