Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Tuesday, April 4, 2000

Topics: Frontline, Television,

Series

On a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer (8
p.m., WB)
, Buffy has to contend with
a new slayer, plus she’s still mad at
Riley for sleeping with Faith. Like he
was supposed to know that Faith had
switched bodies with her. The new mob
series Falcone (9 p.m., CBS)
premieres. Jason Gedrick (“EZ Streets”)
stars as an FBI agent who goes way
undercover inside a mob family, which
puts some strain on his own family life.
If the plot sounds familiar, that’s
because the series is based on the Al
Pacino-Johnny Depp movie “Donnie
Brasco.” The supporting mobsters include
Titus Welliver (“Brooklyn South”), Lillo
Brancato Jr. (last seen as a piece of
Swiss cheese on “The Sopranos”) and Eric
Roberts. By the way, “Falcone” was
actually made before “The Sopranos,” but
held a year past its original premiere
date, due to the networks’ short-lived
nervousness about TV violence in the
wake of the Columbine massacre. In a
strenuous effort to generate buzz, CBS
is running “Falcone” episodes for eight
nights in a row, “Who Wants to Be a
Millionaire” style. On Angel (9 p.m.,
WB)
, our boy gets more than he
bargained for when he tries to protect
an actress from stalkers. The CSC staff
awaits word about the fate of the
financially troubled network on
Sports Night (9:30 p.m., ABC).
Frontline (check local times,
PBS)
presents “Dr. Solomon’s
Dilemma,” a disturbing look at doctors
trying to cope with managed care.

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Specials

The Oscar-nominated documentary On
the Ropes (9 p.m., the Learning
Channel)
follows three Brooklyn
amateur boxers and their trainer as they
prepare for the Golden Gloves
tournament.

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Sports

Baseball:

Rockies at Braves (7:35 p.m., TBS)

Red Sox at Mariners (8 p.m., ESPN)

Basketball:

Pistons at Raptors (8 p.m., TNT)

Lakers at Suns (10:30 p.m., TNT)



Hockey:

Capitals at Senators (7 p.m., ESPN2)

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Talk

Rosie O’Donnell (syndicated) Kyra
Sedgwick, David Arquette, Blair
Underwood

David Letterman (CBS) David
Duchovny, Lou Reed

Jay Leno (NBC) ‘N Sync

Politically Incorrect (ABC)
Chuck D., Howie Mandel

Conan O’Brien (NBC) Jimmy
Smits, Foo Fighters

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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