Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Monday, Oct. 25, 1999

Topics: Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Television,

Fall Premiere

Jennifer Love Hewitt gets her very own “Party of Five” spinoff, Time of Your Life (8 p.m., Fox), in which her character, Sarah Merrin, moves to New York to search for her biological father (and have a few single gal in the big city adventures along the way). Head Trip (9:30 p.m., MTV) is a part live-action, part animated sketch comedy series that takes aim at pop music.

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Series

Ally McBeal (9 p.m., Fox) starts its new season with a bang — literally. On the way to work one morning, Ally succumbs to temptation and has sex in a car wash with a handsome stranger (guest Jason Gedrick). Everybody Loves Raymond (9 p.m., CBS) introduces us to Debra’s sister Jennifer (guest Ashley Crow), a “bohemian” who has undergone a surprising lifestyle change. On Family Law (10 p.m., CBS), an aging actor (guest Alan King) sues for libel when a newspaper column erroneously reports his death, and a woman fights for custody of her granddaughter after the girl’s parents’ death.

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Specials

In the six-part series Wonders of the African World (check local times, PBS), author Henry Louis Gates, head of Harvard’s black studies department, tours the sites of great ancient African cities and civilizations and challenges the Western view of Africa as a “dark continent” civilized by white Europeans. The BBC-A&E miniseries Vanity Fair (8 p.m. EDT/9 PDT, A&E) concludes.

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Sports



Football:

Falcons at Steelers (9 p.m., ABC)

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Talk

Rosie O’Donnell (syndicated) Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gloria Estefan

David Letterman (CBS) Jimmie Walker, Buena Vista Social Club

Jay Leno (NBC) Gov. Jesse Ventura, Ricky Martin (rerun)

Conan O’Brien (NBC) Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (rerun)

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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