10-08-01 To 10-14-01: SURVIVOR Returns (Mania.com)

By:Sonia Mansfield
Date: Monday, October 08, 2001

Tina Wesson is ready for her fame to come to an end.

Who the hell is Tina Wesson you say? Oh, she's the second winner of SURVIVOR.

Yeah, so, I was wondering, just when did her fame start? I didn't know she was famous and I read an article that said she was sick of being famous. I'm sure it's been really tough on her. You know, having to sit in one of those squares on HOLLYWOOD SQUARES and having to listen to contestants say, "I'll take Tina Wesson to block," over and over again.

If you're wondering why I'm busting on old Tina, it's because her worries about fame will soon be for naught as the newest SURVIVOR premieres this week. With that in mind, let me break down for you the news regarding Tina's successors and everything else coming on the tube this week. As always, make sure you check your local listings because air times and dates could change. I mean, you never know when Tina Wesson will want to make another announcement about her fame.

One other note: with the first Allied military strikes against Afghanistan taking place on Sunday, television's Emmy Awards - scheduled to run Sunday night - were cancelled for the second time in the past month. At the time of this writing, organizers of the event weren't sure whether the awards show would be rescheduled again or simply not take place this year.

Monday, October 8, 2001

I hope someone calls Angel and

Gunn and ANGEL in the episode "That Old Gang of Mine."

lets him know that Buffy is back from the dead. I don't know if that's going to happen, but I do know that tonight's episode of ANGEL (WB, 9 p.m.) finds Gunn having to deal with some members of his old gang who are on a demon-slaughtering rampage.

Over on FARSCAPE (The Sci-Fi Channel, 8 p.m.), D'Argo comes across a dying priestess who morphs into a young woman.

Jack Black alert! I don't really watch WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE (ABC, 8 p.m.) but this special comedy edition seems worth a mention. Anything that's got Jack Black, Seth Green, Kathy Griffin, Denis Leary, and Jimmy Kimmel is O.K. in my book. Oh, it's also got Orlando Jones, Bill Maher, Kevin Nealon, Robin Quivers, and Caroline Rhea.

But, if you want to see something really funny, watch BATTLEFIELD EARTH on Cinemax at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 9, 2001

Coming back from the dead isn't as easy as it looks on tonight's BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (UPN, 8 p.m.). Buffy and the Scoobies deal with the aftershocks of resurrection - Buffy tries to adjust to the land of the living, and a evil presence stocks the rest of the gang.

A strong cult


following has saved ROSWELL time and time again. Maybe this little show that could will get the attention it deserves on UPN. ROSWELL kicks off its third season tonight with an episode that finds Max and Liz getting arrested for armed robbery. Of course, they weren't actually robbing the convenience store. They just wanted to get to the storage facility underneath where they believe the space ship that brought Max to earth is hidden. Well, I'm sure a judge and jury will believe that.

Wednesday, October 10, 2001

The crew of the ENTERPRISE (UPN, 8 p.m.) discovers a planet that reminds everyone of home, so they decide to do a little camping. But little do they know a storm is coming.

Well, I don't know about you, but I'm going to be watching the official season premiere of THE WEST WING tonight (NBC, 9 p.m.). Barlett is going to announce whether or not he's going to seek a second term. I have a gut feeling he is. Call it women's intuition or Martin-Sheen-has-a-three-year-contract, whatever suits you.

But, if great writing and acting isn't your thing, there's always SPECIAL UNIT 2 (UPN, 9 p.m.).

Speaking of great writing and acting (I love the smell of sarcasm in the morning), over at WOLF LAKE the sheriff comes across a dead girl with missing organs, tipping him off to the presence of a serial killer. Hmmm, I would've blamed the wolves.

Godzilla alert! At 9 p.m., AMC presents GODZILLA VS. MONSTER ZERO. Laugh all you want at the bad dub job and even worse special effects, but it's still better than the 1998 version.

Also, there will be plenty of whine and cheese on the WB tonight starting at 8 p.m. when both DAWSON'S CREEK and FELICITY start their new seasons.

Thursday, October 11, 2001

The girls of CHARMED (WB, 9 p.m.) are having a

The third season cast of ROSWELL

hard time getting over the death of their sister Prue (ol' Shannen what's her face). In fact, Piper has been channeling her anger by hunting demons, which seems kinda healthy until the demons decide to start fighting back.

Here's a little theory I'm working on. Television series based on movies are never as good as the original film. THE ODD COUPLE, M.A.S.H., FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, CLUELESS: They're all perfect examples. I dare you to watch ALIEN NATION on Bravo at 9 p.m. and prove me wrong.

Oh, and some little, silly show called SURVIVOR: AFRICA starts tonight. I've only got two words to say about that: No thanks. The only reality show I like to watch is WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?

Friday, October 12, 2001

Let's say you believe in God, would you ever try to track him down? I only ask because over on DARK ANGEL (FOX, 8 p.m.), Max is helping Joshua track down their creator.

Saturday, October 13, 2001

Here's a good way to prepare yourself for the WB series SMALLVILLE: watch SUPERMAN (Encore, 8 p.m.).

APOLLO 13 (ABC, 8 p.m.) is a great movie that unfortunately contains one of the most overused catchphrases in recent memory. "Houston, we have a problem." Sorry, but I had to say it.

Another case of the movie turned TV series: The crew in STARGATE SG-1 becomes suspicious of a new member. Yeah, I'm wary of meeting new people too.

Of course, there's always EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT (syndicated, check local listings). This one finds Sandoval offering to help the Atavus race in their quest to consume the human inhabitants on Earth. Why doesn't Sandoval just hook the Atavuses up with some Soylent Green? Get it? It's made of people. Peeoooppllleee!

Sunday, October 14, 2001

Fry and Amy knock da boots in tonight's repeat of FUTURAMA (FOX, 9 p.m.)

Missed ENTERPRISE earlier this week? Then the sci-fi gods are smiling on you. You can catch a rerun on UPN at 7 p.m.

Two words: co-ed showers. That's right. STARSHIP TROOPERS is on FX at 8 p.m.

Sydney races against her nemesis, a Russian spy named Anna, for an ancient sketch hidden in Madrid in ALIAS on ABC at 9 p.m. I hate when that happens.

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