By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service
By Mike Hughes
"Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction," 7 a.m., ESPN. Think of this as an early — way too early — start for TV's football season. One inductee will be Troy Aikman, Fox's analyst. Another will be John Madden, who has jumped from CBS to Fox to ABC to NBC. Indeed, Madden's first NBC game will be the next night. Tomorrow, he and Al Michaels anchor the Hall of Fame Game between Oakland and Philadelphia. That's part of a changing turf: Monday games move to ESPN, Sunday-night ball to NBC. The other Hall inductees, incidentally, are Warren Moon, Reggie White, Rayfield Wright and Harry Carson.
"Crossing Jordan," 9 p.m., NBC. This rerun captures a tense time for Macy (Miguel Ferrer). His daughter is threatening to quit rehab; meanwhile, he and Jordan agree that someone should be blamed — and possibly charged with murder — in the death of six firefighters during a wildfire.
"Snap Decision" (2001), 10 a.m., Lifetime. At 8 p.m. today Lifetime will begin Saturday reruns of "Desperate Housewives." To get us in the mood it offers a marathon of TV movies that would be eternally ignored, except that each stars a "Housewives" actress. This one has Felicity Huffman; at 2 p.m., "Living in Fear" (2001) stars Marcia Cross. The others all star Nicollette Sheridan — "Murder in My Mind" (1997) at noon, "Deadly Betrayal" (2002) at 4 p.m. and "Deadly Visions" (2004) at 6 p.m.
"Mr. and Mrs. Smith," 5 p.m., HBO. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie play a terribly attractive married couple. Neither knows that the other is an assassin, and when they're assigned to kill each other, things get messy. The plot is so-so, but the stars are terrific and the full-throttle pace keeps us watching.
"Numb3rs," 7 p.m., CBS. Identity-theft guys may have hit the wrong guy this time. They drain the account of Don, the FBI guy who has a math-genius brother.
"The Recruit" (2003), 8 p.m., ABC. Colin Farrell plays a young computer whiz who is recruited by Al Pacino for the CIA. The training is fierce and follows the theory of never trusting anyone.
"Saturday Night Live," 10:30 p.m., NBC. Natalie Portman hosts. Music is by Fall Out Boy.