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Posted on: Saturday, January 13, 2001

Tube Notes

By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service

"Field of Dreams," 6 p.m., Sci Fi Channel. Kevin Costner plays an Iowa farmer who insists on building a baseball field in his corn patch. His wife (Amy Madigan) is startled; her brother (Tim Busfield) is bewildered. From there things get stranger and more magical. Burt Lancaster also stars, as well as James Earl Jones. On paper, the 1989 "Field of Dreams" plot merely sounds silly. Blessed with the brilliance of Phil Alden Robinson’s script and direction, it’s a great movie.

"Biography," 6 p.m., A&E. On Sunday, A&E will premiere a terrific new version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s "The Great Gatsby." First, here’s a portrait of the writer — and how his life, like Gatsby’s, crumbled.

"Edgemont" premiere, 10:30 a.m., Fox Family Channel. Canadians seem serious about teen dramas. This show — like the Canadian "De Grassi Junior High" and "De Grassi High" — has realistic characters and first-rate direction. Mark and Jennifer are longtime friends who have been dating for six months. Now his parents’ impending divorce, his suspension from school, and the arrival of Laurel disrupt their pleasant world. She’s a beauty from Toronto where life seems more exotic. The result is a sort of teen soap opera — an open-ended tale with some humor and characters to root for.

"Batman Forever," 7 p.m., NBC. The third round of Batman films moves Val Kilmer into the title role in the 1995 one. The star power is in support, including Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, and Nicole Kidman.

"Saturday Night Live," 10:30 p.m., NBC. This is a new one with Charlie Sheen hosting.

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