News Coverage of Iraq All major broadcast and some cable networks may disrupt regularly scheduled programming for war coverage. Several sporting events, including men's NCAA basketball, hockey and golf, may be moved to various cable networks.


NCAA Women's Tournament (CC). First-round games throughout the day on ESPN and ESPN2, including Virginia Tech vs. Georgia Tech at approx. 11 a.m. and Virginia vs. Illinois at approx. 1, both on ESPN2.

NCAA Men's Tournament (CC). Second-round games: Notre Dame vs. Illinois (Channel 9, 1:10); Connecticut vs. Stanford (Channel 9, approx. 3:20); Arizona vs. Gonzaga (Channel 9, approx. 5:40); Central Michigan vs. Duke (Channel 9, approx. 8:10).

Golf (CC). Third round of the Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando (Channel 4 at 3).

Hockey. Detroit at St. Louis (Channel 7 at 3); Washington at Edmonton (Channel 50 at 10).

Teen Show

It's Academic. Thomas Stone, Magruder and Whitman high schools compete (Channel 4 at 10 a.m.).

Public Affairs

Several cable news networks' weekend talk shows will be preempted for war coverage.

Good Morning America (CC). Charles Gibson and Elizabeth Vargas anchor a special weekend edition devoted to the war (Channel 7 at 7 a.m.).

Weekend Live With Tony Snow. With retired Maj. Gen. Burton Moore, head of the Central Command in the 1991 Gulf War, and Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard (FNC at noon). Former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich appears on tomorrow's noon show.

The Beltway Boys. A one-hour war edition; with retired Maj. Gen. Burton Moore, Rep. Martin Frost (D-Tex.) and columnist Charles Krauthammer (FNC at 6).

To the Contrary With Bonnie Erbe. Topics include the role of female soldiers in the war (Channel 32, 6:30; repeats tomorrow at 7 a.m. on Channel 26 and 11:30 a.m on Channel 22).

The McLaughlin Group. Topics include the nation's military power (Channel 4, 7:30).

Big Story Weekend With Rita Cosby. With Henry Kissinger (FNC at 9).

This Is America With Dennis Wholey. The topic is the effect of war on the Iraqi people; with Entifadh Qanbar of the Iraqi National Congress, Samer Shehata of the Center of Contemporary Arab Studies and Kani Xulam of the American Kurdish Information Network (Channel 32, 11:30).

Inside Washington With Gordon Peterson recaps the opening days of the Iraq war (Channel 9, 11:35).

Awards Special

Independent Spirit Awards. John Waters hosts the 18th annual ceremony honoring independent films in a ceremony taped in Santa Monica, Calif. (Bravo at 10).


60 Minutes II (CC). Dan Rather anchors a live edition with an updated report on the war (Channel 9 at 10).

Prime-Time Movies

Good Will Hunting (1997) (CC) (R). Matt Damon stars as a rebellious genius whom a down-on-his-luck therapist (Robin Williams) is charged with taming. Three hours (Channel 7 at 8).

Riverworld (2002). Brad Johnson stars as a present-day astronaut living in a mystical and dangerous place where people from every historical era have been reborn. Two hours (Sci Fi at 9).

Late Night

Saturday Night Live (CC) (R). With Christopher Walken and Foo Fighters (Channel 4, 11:30).

Matt Damon, left, as a math whiz with a chip on his shoulder and Robin Williams as the therapist who helps knock it off in "Good Will Hunting," at 8.