By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service
By Mike Hughes
"Bridget Jones's Diary" (2001), 8 p.m., NBC. Some people feared that blunt Americans would ruin this popular British novel. They groaned when Renee Zellweger was cast. Not to worry: Zellweger is perfect, bringing humor and charm as Bridget, an everywoman with two handsome suitors. Everyone else is both British and talented. Hugh Grant and Colin Firth co-starred. The production is low-key, clever and terribly British.
"CNN Presents: Dirt Track Warriors," 2, 5 p.m., CNN; also showing same times on Sunday. We're told there are 800 dirt tracks across the U.S., drawing 30 million people each year. This interesting documentary views three racers — brash Scott Bloomquist; family guy Chub "Chubzilla" Frank and 17-year-old whiz Josh "Kid Rocket" Richards.
"NASCAR Racing: Nextel Cup in Daytona Beach," 1:30 p.m., Fox. NASCAR has its Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.
"Gone With the Wind" (1939), 2 p.m., Turner Classic Movies. Here's a fresh chance to see this romantic epic, one of the great movies.
"Desolation Canyon," (2006) 6 p.m., Hallmark Channel. Here's a new cowboy story in the old style. After robbing a bank, a man also grabs his son from his ex-wife. Now the three-man posse has the sheriff, the robber's father (trying to save his grandson) and the banker (who also happens to be marrying the boy's mom). Things get tangled, repeating scenes that seem terribly familiar. Still, Patrick Duffy and Stacy Keach are ideal as the strong-and-silent leads.
"Lilo & Stitch" (2002), 7 p.m., ABC, and "Rugrats in Paris: The Movie" (2000), 5 p.m., Nickelodeon. This summer, families have had solid animated choices each Saturday. ABC has a Disney film, with a sweet Hawaiian girl finding a mean-spirited alien. Nickelodeon has the infants conspiring to keep Chuckie's dad from marrying a nasty lady (Susan Sarandon).