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What's on TV

SHOWS FOR OCT. 19-26

By M.S. Mason, Lisa Leigh Connors / October 18, 2002



SATURDAY 10/19

The World Series (Fox, 7:30 p.m.): It's West Coast vs. West Coast. The San Francisco Giants face the Anaheim Angels, who are playing in their first World Series ever in their 42-year history. It's also the first time that two wild-card teams will compete in the series. The Angels host the first two games.

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Sunday 10/20

The Big Time (TNT, 8-10 p.m.): It's 1948 and there are an amazing 30,000 TV sets in Manhattan. It's clear that the industry is growing, but is that growth too fast or not fast enough? A struggling young company, Empire Network, is trying to make it with the big boys – CBS and NBC. Christopher Lloyd as the genius inventor and CEO of the company may be dying, but he still has a few tricks up his sleeve – including a lovely, worldly young wife (Molly Ringwald), who has seen the promise of TV and is willing to risk it all to be a part of the new medium. The film may whitewash the whole subject of TV, but it's so much fun in its dreamily stylized way.

Dancing at the Harvest Moon (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Jacqueline Bisset stars as a middle-aged professor whose husband of 25 years suddenly dumps her. She opens an old dance hall in a small lake-resort town where she had once been happy – and falls for a much younger man. The plot is too thin, and sometimes the writing is embarrassing.

Monday 10/21

Max and Ruby (Nickelodeon, 8 p.m., moving to Nick Jr. at 10:30 a.m. weekdays): For those of us who love Rosemary Wells's children's books, this charming animated show will please parents and preschoolers alike. Max is 3 and his big sister Ruby is 7. The bunnies love each other dearly, but Max is his own person, and Ruby spends most of her time trying to persuade him to play by the rules.

Friday 10/25

Case of Evil (USA, 8-10 p.m.): For all Sherlock Holmes fans, this clever mystery will offer something new and exciting. We see the young genius meeting Watson, as a police coroner who helps him solve a case. Then Holmes (played by dashing English actor James D'Arcy) meets the one love of his life, Rebecca Doyle (lovely Gabrielle Anwar of "Scent of a Woman"). It is nicely written, if a bit sparse on details. The best news of all – Vincent D'Onofrio stars as the evil Dr. Moriarty.

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