Olympics: Week 1
XVIII WINTER GAMES
The greatest snow on Earth—yes, even better than perpetually hibernal South Park—commences from Nagano on CBS (nightly, at 8 p.m. and at various later hours; Saturday, at 4 p.m.; Sunday, at 3 p.m.; and weekdays, at 7 a.m.) and on TNT (Saturday, at 6 p.m.; Sunday, at 7 p.m.; and weekdays, at 1 p.m.). Our armchair medal picks: Gold, to the live broadcast of the men's ice hockey match between the United States and Sweden ( CBS, Thursday, 12:35 a.m.). Peter Forsberg of the Colorado Avalanche, whose overtime shootout goal earned Sweden the gold medal at the 1994 Lillehammer Games, returns along with countryman Nicklas Lidstrom ( Detroit Red Wings), the best defenseman in the NHL. The reigning World Cup champion Americans will counter with Forsberg's Avalanche teammate Adam Deadmarsh and John LeClair of the Philadelphia Flyers. Silver, to two Alpine skiing events: the men's downhill from the Happo'one ski area ( CBS, Saturday, 8 p.m.), where Tommy Moe (left) of the U.S. will defend his Olympic title; and the men's and the women's half-pipe snowboarding ( CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m.), in which America's Ross Powers, 18, has a chance of winning a medal. Bronze, to the figure skating pairs free program ( CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m.), in which the artistry of Russian skaters Elena Bereznaya and Anton Sikharulidze will compensate for the absence of ABC's Dick Button behind the microphone.
NBA All-Star Weekend
Had Western Conference starters Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett attended college, they might recognize All-Star Saturday night's activities as electives and Sunday's game as a required course. Last year's All-Star Game MVP, the Charlotte Hornets' high-scoring forward Glen Rice (left), is carrying nearly a full load. On Saturday he will try to win a second three-point shootout title and will team with Andrea Stinson of the WNBA's Charlotte Sting in the inaugural 2ball contest. (Alas, Rice, a nine-year vet, can't play in the evening's other event, the rookie all-star game.) The next night he'll be a reserve on the Eastern Conference squad. Madison Square Garden regulars will grit their teeth as old nemesis Larry Bird coaches Knicks killer Michael Jordan for an East team devoid of New York players. The Western Conference team will feature four Los Angeles Lakers: Bryant, center Shaquille O'Neal, swingman Eddie Jones and guard Nick Van Exel.
?TNT, SATURDAY, 7 PM; NBC, SUNDAY, 6 PM
Bad As I Wanna Be: The Dennis Rodman Story
Snubbed from today's All-Star Game, Rodman gets the last laugh in prime time. Dwayne Adway (left, with Rodman, who appears in the movie to offer commentary on his life and times) captures the vulnerability and posturing of the title character (was RuPaul busy?) as the Worm turns from an aimless juco player into an NBA icon. In one key supporting role, talk about typecasting: Dee Wallace Stone, whom you may recall as the mom in E.T., plays the mother of a lonesome boy who befriends Rodman, then a student at Southeastern Oklahoma State. The film's weakest link is the basketball action. Why does the guy portraying Larry Bird look more like Zan Tabak?
?ABC, 9 PM
Tonight's host, Norm MacDonald, was yanked from Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update desk for not being funny. In other words, he can always find work as a replacement anchor on NFL Prime-time. The most nominated athlete is (surprise!) Michael Jordan, for Pro Basketball, Best Performance under Pressure and Male Athlete of the Year. Other awards we'd like to see: Felonious Act of the Year ( Latrell Sprewell has a stranglehold), Terrell Davis Award (for unwavering humility in the face of adulation), Jerry Maguire Award (to Eric Fleisher, Kevin Garnett's agent) and Best Screenplay (to John Stockton).
? ESPN, 8 PM
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANCE.