A look at some noteworthy television this week:
Saturday Night Live in the '90s: Pop Culture Nation (Sunday, 9:00 p.m., WNBC 4) A look back at SNL in the 1990s with clips and interviews with former cast members.
The Mormons (Sunday 9:00 p.m., WLIW 21) If you missed it last week on WNET, here is your chance to take a watch at this two part look at the Mormons which is a collaboration of two PBS series - The American Experience and Frontline. Part one is the American Experience presentation on the history of the religion, while part two (next Sunday at 9:00 p.m.) is a look at the contemporary beliefs and activities.
CBS 2 News (Monday-Wednesday, 11:00 p.m., WCBS 2) Channel 2's Chief Investigative Reporter Scott Weinberger sits down with "Son of Sam" killer David Berkowitz for an exclusive three part interview. Is it a sweeps story? Yes, but this kind of thing is one of the things the station does well and it is better than a lot of other sweeps stories.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Tuesday 9:00 p.m., WNBC 4) Last week this Law & Order series gave us its take on the crazed jilted astronaut story, this week they are giving us a take on the Anna Nicole Smith story. The original Buffy the Vampire slayer, Kristy Swanson, guest stars as the Smith like figure.
The Spanish-American War (Tuesday, 9:00 p.m., The History Channel) A look at a war which yellow journalism, mainly at the hand of William Randolph Hearst, really brought about. If you don't know about Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, how the United States got Puerto Rico, you should watch, or why journalism should really be truthful, fair and balanced; then you should watch.
Medium (Wednesday 9:00 p.m., WNBC 4) We never thought Medium was well done, and this week in bit of sweeps madness only adds to our argument - a weird cross over with Deal or No Deal occurs complete with Howie Mandel. Given we love train wrecks, we may watch.
Traveler (Thursday 9:00 p.m., WABC 7) ABC gives us a sneak preview of the pilot episode of a new series that is seems like it is trying to be The Fugitive for the OC watching demographic, but with the modern falsely accused of a terrorist bombing thing instead of being falsely accused for murder. Who said there aren't any new ideas in television?
New York Voices: Greenpoint Oil Spill (Friday, 10:00 p.m., WNET 13) Do not adjust your monitor. We mentioned this last week, but the episode was delayed in post production, so it will be on this week. Here is what we said about it last week: "Did you know that Exxon was responsible a 17 million gallon oil spill in Greenpoint first officially noticed in 1978, but was lingering for decades? The consequences of the oil spill are still with us today in polluted soil and maybe even a higher cancer rate in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Channel thirteen's public affairs show talks with residents, activists, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Riverkeeper's Basil Seggos, and someone from the spiller ExxonMobil and looks into the health issues of the spill."
River of Steel (Friday 10:30 p.m., WNET 13) This classic early 1990s look at the history of the subway is a good primer for those who want to know more about the subway.
Photograph of from New York Voices: Greenpoint Oil Spill/Thirteen/WNET New York