Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Monday, Dec. 6, 1999

Topics: Michael Jackson, MTV, Susan Sarandon, Donald Trump, Television,

Series

Debra contemplates getting breast implants on a rerun of Everybody Loves Raymond (9 p.m., CBS). On a rerun of Ally McBeal (9 p.m., Fox) from a Christmas past, the firm scrambles to keep a major client, and Renee has the hots for her old flame.

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Specials

Susan Sarandon reads Margaret Wise Brown’s classic in Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales (7:30 p.m., HBO). The new “Sesame Street” special CinderElmo (8 p.m., Fox) stars the fuzzy little red guy as a chimney sweep whose Fairy Godperson (Oliver Platt) whisks him away to the beautiful princess’s Find-a-Husband Ball. Obviously, a few liberties have been taken. Keri “Felicity” Russell plays the princess. MTV’s six-night countdown The 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made (8 p.m., MTV) kicks off with Green Day’s “Basket Case” (No. 100). The videos were selected by teams from MTV and TV Guide, which explains why Michael Jackson is on the cover of TV Guide this week — his “Thriller” was rated No. 1. An I Love Lucy Marathon (9 p.m., Nickelodeon) unspools 20 hours of Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel, four hours a night through Friday. The new cable movie If You Believe (9 p.m., Lifetime) stars Ally “Profiler” Walker as a busy book editor who learns to enjoy Christmas again when her inner child comes for a visit (hey, I just list ‘em). Ricky Martin, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan (wait, there’s more!), Babyface, Harry Connick Jr. and Charlotte Church have a yuletide sing in And So This Is Christmas (10 p.m., CBS). What, no Garth Brooks?

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Sports

Football:

Vikings at Buccaneers (9 p.m., ABC)

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Talk

Rosie O’Donnell (syndicated) Martha Stewart, Elmo

David Letterman (CBS) Harrison Ford, David Bowie (rerun)

Jay Leno (NBC) Donald Trump, Rob Schneider, Michael Bolton

Politically Incorrect (ABC) An intervention

Conan O’Brien (NBC) Vicki Lewis, Dave Chappelle, John Prine (rerun)

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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