SHOWS WORTH NOTING FOR OCTOBER 7 - 13
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Saturday Night Live (NBC, 11:30 p.m.- 1 a.m.): Season premiere with host Rob Lowe and musical guest Eminem.
Touched by an Angel (CBS, 8-9 p.m.): Richard Chamberlain stars in the season opener as a ne'er-do-well whose father hopes he'll do some good with his life.
Baby (TNT, 8-10 p.m.): Sentimental and slow, this tale of family love and loss still has something endearing about it. A couple who has lost a baby finds one on their doorstep. Their teenage daughter tries to protect the couple from further pain. Stars Farrah Fawcett, Keith Carradine, and Jean Stapleton.
Ed (NBC, 8-9 p.m.): A comedy that borrows the early spirit of "Northern Exposure" makes its debut. A New York attorney (Tom Cavanagh) loses his job and his marriage in one day and moves back home to Ohio. There he purchases a bowling alley and dispenses free legal advice. He also falls for the same girl he pined for in high school.
Desert Mummies of Peru (Discovery, 9-10 p.m.): In Southern Peru lie the remains of a people long gone from the earth. The arid climate has preserved their clothes, bodies, and artifacts. What anthropologists can learn from this ancient people is threatened by looters looking for gold. But what they have learned is fascinating.
Modern Marvels: Video Games Behind the Fun (History Channel, 10-11 p.m.): The history and science of video games. The urge to play, and the new power of computers, has spawned a huge industry. CEOs and professors describe how it's all done. Photo realism and "motion capture" make it seem virtually real.
Baseball Playoffs (NBC, 8 p.m.): The American and National League playoffs step up to the plate on NBC and Fox. The teams include fresh contenders like the St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago White Sox, and the Oakland Athletics.
Gideon's Crossing (ABC, 10-11 p.m.): This is no ordinary hospital drama, and the hero, played by Andr Braugher ("Homicide"), is profoundly thoughtful. His character is deeply enmeshed in issues of medical ethics.
Judging Amy (CBS, 10-11 p.m.): The season opener picks up where last season left off - with Vincent's life in danger.
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