The networks trot out two new series and mix in two music awards shows with this week's fare.
Steven Bochco's "City of Angels" debuts Sunday at 8 on CBS (see Page 6).
And UPN goes into extreme-stunt mode with "I Dare You! The Ultimate Challenge," premiering Tuesday at 8 and repeating Friday.
With Lee Reherman as host, daredevil Evel Knievel as commentator and Tyler Harcott and Traci Melchor as reporters, the show, taped in Las Vegas, intends to spotlight never-attempted stunts, including Bubba Blackwell's effort to leap over 15 buses and eclipse Knievel's record.
Sunday at 12:15 a.m., Vickie Winans, Bobby Jones and Donnie McClurkin co-host the 15th Stellar Gospel Music Awards on WUSA, and Monday at 8, Norm Macdonald presides over the 27th American Music Awards, a three-hour gala airing on ABC. AMA offers 20 awards in eight categories; Gloria Estefan will receive the Award of Merit. Winners are selected by members of the U.S. record-buying public.
ALSO THIS WEEK
THE LORETTA CLAIBORNE STORY
Sunday at 7 on ABC
Kimberly Elise stars in a dramatization of the life of Loretta Claiborne, who was born into a large, poor, single-parent family but grew up to become a world-class Special Olympics athlete.
Partially blind and unable to walk or talk until the age of 4, Claiborne was also mildly mentally retarded, but she grew up to become an athlete, teacher and advocate for persons with mental and physical disabilities. In 1996, she received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPY Awards.
In the film, Camryn Manheim plays a social worker who introduces Loretta to the Special Olympics, where she learns to control her emotions and work on her athletic skills. Claiborne has completed more than 25 marathons, finishing with the fastest 25 women runners in the Pittsburgh Marathon and twice with the top 100 women in the Boston Marathon.
Sunday at 9 on NBC
In this suspense-thriller, Kyle MacLachlan plays a widower who takes his son camping, only to stumble onto an eerie, isolated town where people will stop at nothing to keep a secret: They've got the fountain of eternal youth. Joseph Cross plays the boy; Alison Eastwood is the town doctor.
A CRY FROM THE GRAVE
Monday at 10 on WETA
Bill Moyers narrates the story of Europe's worst atrocity since World
War II: the massacres of 7,000 Muslim men by the Bosnian Serb army under the command of Gen. Ratko Mladic in July 1995. The site of the killings, Srebrenica, was a place designated as the world's first U.N. Safe Area.
The 90-minute documentary offers first-hand accounts, previously unseen footage and footage recorded on camcorders by Serb and Muslim soldiers, civilians and Dutch peacekeepers. The film won the Special Jury Award at the 1999 Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival.
MURDER IN THE MIRROR
Wednesday at 9 on CBS
Jane Seymour plays an elegant, wealthy psychiatrist whose husband has been murdered. Because she owns a black sequined dress seen on a woman who approached her husband's car just before he was killed, she's the prime suspect.
Robert Desiderio portrays the husband; James Farentino plays a detective who believes Seymour is guilty; and Alex Mendoza, as Farentino's partner, thinks she isn't.
Wednesday at 9 on PBS
Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera and Thirteen/WNET offer three one-act stories using Central Park as a theme: "The Festival of Regrets," "The Food of Love" and "Strawberry Fields."
Wendy Wasserstein, A.R. Gurney and Terrence McNally wrote the librettos, with scores by Deborah Drattell, Michael Torke and Robert Beaser. Joyce Castle and Lauren Flanigan head the three Glimmerglass Opera casts. The presentation is subtitled.
OTHER SERIES PREMIERES
Baltimore's WBFF/45 offers two new syndicated series on Saturday, "Cleopatra 2525" at 3 and "Jack of All Trades" at 3:30.