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Oct. 15 - Oct. 21: SMALLVILLE Debuts

CINESCAPE's weekly guide to what to watch, and what to avoid, on the boob tube

By Sonia Mansfield     October 15, 2001


Young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) rescues a fellow classmate in the "Metamorphosis" episode of SMALLVILLE.
© 2001 The WB
The new fall TV season has already suffered its first causality, so those of you that picked DANNY in the office pool start collecting your money. The Daniel Stern comedy on CBS only got to air two episodes, which I believe is twice as many as ACCORDING TO JIM should've been allowed to air. Guessing which new shows will be the first to get their walking papers isn't always as easy as it seems. Sometimes the really awful shows stay around a lot longer than you think they will. Are you listening YES DEAR? I mean, if you asked me at the start of the season which show would be the first go I would've picked WOLF LAKE or EMERIL.

Now ask me which shows are going to be next. Go on, ask me.


O.K., damn you're pushy. I'll say it's going to be WOLF LAKE or EMERIL.


So anyway, let me break down the week for you, and as always, make sure you check your local listings because you never know when another show will bite the dust, forcing a network to rearrange its whole schedule.


Monday, October 15


One of the great things for Angel

Young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) rescues a fellow classmate in the "Metamorphosis" episode of SMALLVILLE.

is he will never know what it's like to grow old. He will always be young and hunky. Well, one of the few perks of being a vampire gets taken away from him in tonight's ANGEL (WB, 9 p.m.) when an old man, who switches bodies with young men to save his own life, gets into Angel's body. Lucky old man.


If sexy vampires aren't your thing, then you could always check out SPECIES II (USA, 9 p.m.) about a sexy woman/alien hybrid that's on the prowl and looking to score.


Also, the Sci-Fi Channel features an episode of FARSCAPE tonighttitled "The Way We Weren't"at 8 p.m.


Tuesday, October 16


So, unless you live under a rock or just watch a lot of DHARMA & GREG, you know that Buffy is back from the dead. Well, she's adjusting to the land of the living, but now she faces something even more horrifying on tonight's BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER (WB, 8 p.m.): paying the bills.


It's starting to get all Romeo and Juliet over on ROSWELL as Max and Liz continue to see each other secretly behind their parents' backs. Plus, Michael gets a job as a security guard. I'm sure some sort of dramatic tension ensues.


Over on BUFFY and ROSWELL's old home at the WB, SMALLVILLE makes its long-awaited debut at 9 p.m., after THE GILMORE GIRLS. SMALLVILLE focuses on a teenage Clark Kent as he deals with all these strange feelings, like puberty and his emerging super powers.


Wednesday, October 17


Somebody on

Natasha Henstridge returns to the alien role of Sil for SPECIES 2

the ENTERPRISE (UPN, 8 p.m.) gets knocked up! I don't want to say who, but let's just say it rhymes with Trip. Geez, don't they have condoms in the future?


Nick has got the hots for a woman that sucks the life out of people on SPECIAL UNIT 2 (UPN, 9 p.m.). Yeah, I know the feeling. I went out with this guy who... ummm, well, that's a story for another time.


Heads up! Ratings have not been good for WOLF LAKE (CBS, 10 p.m.), so maybe you shouldn't get too attached. This week's episode finds Sophia discovering that she might belong to the wolf clan... or maybe it's just the onset of puberty. Well, maybe she's a late bloomer.


Oh, and at 7 p.m. Cinemax has that movie about Mars that came out last year. No, not that one. The other one. You know, RED PLANET with Val Kilmer.


Thursday, October 18


Can't get enough of body-switching movies, but your VICE VERSA and FREAKY FRIDAY DVDs haven't shown up yet? Well then you won't want to miss tonight's CHARMED (WB, 9 p.m.) when Phoebe and Paige swap bodies and the hilarity ensues.


A tough guy high school football player gets shot and all the clues point to a geek who was terrorized by the jock on CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (CBS, 9 p.m.). Didn't that kid know that school shootings went out of style in 1999?


Friday, October 19


Sorry, no DARK ANGEL tonight. It's pre-empted for the baseball play-offs. I suggest you call your local affiliate and let them have it. Sports should be on the sports channels!


Oh, that other Mars movie is on STARZ tonight at 6 p.m. No, not RED PLANET, stupid. The other one is MISSION TO MARS with Gary Sinise.


FLIX is airing the 1988 remake of THE BLOB at 8 p.m. That's strange; it's not like Hollywood to make a movie starring something so fat. Wait for the 2002 remake with Calista Flockhart tackling the part of the Blob.


Saturday, October 20


Tonight you can catch a repeat

The second season cast of ANDROMEDA

of the hilarious first season BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER episode entitled TEACHER'S PET (syndicated, check local listings), in which Xander is hot for teacher. Of course, that teacher turns out to be a giant praying mantis that wants to eat his head. Ahhh, high school.


Also look for an episode of ANDROMEDA called "Heart for Falsehood Framed" (syndicated, check local listings) on Saturday.


Sunday, October 21


Things are getting kinda hectic on ALIAS (ABC, 9 p.m.). Sydney tries to prevent a terrorist threat from succeeding. Plus, she's agreed to help out her friend Francie by spying on her man, who is stepping out with another woman. Meanwhile, Sydney's father is struggling with a secret he's keeping from her. And Will just won't mind his own business and is trying to uncover more facts about Sydney's dead boyfriend Danny. So she's got all that and she's probably got a mid-term too.


UPN is starting to air the classics: the original A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET is on at 8 p.m. Watch it just to remind yourself of why there were so many lame sequels.


Also, the crew of MUTANT X (syndicated, check local listings) battles the Russians. Hey, I thought we were allies with them now.


"Get away from her you bitch!" Yep, FX has got ALIENS at 8 p.m.



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