Salon's TV picks for
Tuesday, March 21, 2000
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (8 p.m., WB) reruns one of its best episodes ever, “Hush,” in which bone-chillingly scary floating skeleton ghouls called “The Gentlemen” come to Sunnydale to steal everyone’s voices in preparation for a ritualistic bloodbath. The second half of the show is as good as it gets, a silent movie by turns terrifying, slapstick and lyrical. If you’ve never watched the show before (shame on you), this episode might make you a believer. The animated p.c. fairy tale series Happily Ever After (8 p.m., HBO) has a rewrite of “Rip van Winkle” by Erica Jong (I’m not making this up), set in the ’70s, in which a rock star’s wife (Calista Flockhart) gets liberated from male tyranny. Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan and Jessye Norman have voice cameos. Angel (9 p.m., WB) repeats the one in which our hero is having dreams that he’s an evil killer vampire again. The Beat (9 p.m., UPN), the latest series from Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana (“Homicide,” “Oz”), premieres. Mark Ruffalo and Derek Cecil play Manhattan beat cops with messy personal lives. Sports Night (9:30 p.m., ABC) concludes its two-parter in which Dan and Casey are having professional and personal differences. Frontline (check local times, PBS) presents “The Hunt for Bin Laden,” an update of a 1999 investigation into the search for the elusive terrorist leader. On NYPD Blue (10 p.m., ABC), Jill and Diane handle a rape case, and Kabuki receptionist John Irvin is finally allowed to speak.
NIT (7 p.m., 9 p.m., ESPN)
Knicks at Pacers (8 p.m., TNT)
Pistons at Sonics (10:30 p.m., TNT)
Panthers at Rangers (7:30 p.m., ESPN2)
Mighty Ducks at Kings (10:30 p.m., ESPN2)
Rosie O’Donnell (syndicated) Adoption tips
David Letterman (CBS) Matthew Broderick, Patti Smith (rerun)
Jay Leno (NBC) Leelee Sobieski, Matthew LeBlanc
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Danny Bonaduce, Chely Wright
Conan O’Brien (NBC) Amy Sedaris, Cynthia Garrett
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