Salon's TV picks for Weekend, June 15-17, 2001
On Making the Band (8 p.m. Fri., ABC), O-Town heartthrob Ashley Parker Angel makes the little girls cry when he gets a visit from his girlfriend. Pop Stars (9 p.m. Fri., WB) reruns the sadistic episode where the three judges visit the finalists’ homes to tell them who has made the group, and we get to see the pain and humiliation of the ones who don’t. Electric Light Orchestra takes us back to the ’70s in a new VH1 Storytellers (9 p.m. Fri., VH1). Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (7 p.m. Sun., ABC) has a Father’s Day special with teams of dads and their kids in the hot seat. Before the Backstreet Boys, before ‘N Sync, before O-Town, there was New Kids on the Block, a quintet of blue-collar boys from a tough Boston neighborhood. They were big in the late ’80s and defunct by 1994, and they’re remembered on E! True Hollywood Story (9 p.m. Sun., E!). Carrie and Samantha show off their new squeezes on Sex and the City (9 p.m. Sun., HBO). There’s trouble afoot when Claire steals a mangled corpse’s body part on Six Feet Under (10 p.m. Sun., HBO).
Clearly suffering from an excess of free time since breaking up with Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin hosts the first annual World Stunt Awards (9 p.m. Sat., ABC), which honors the stunt people behind some of the year’s trickiest movie scenes. So the NKOTB “True Hollywood Story” left you pining for more ’80s-style pouffy mullet hair and rolled-up jacket sleeves? Then you have no choice but to check out The Wedding Singer (8 p.m. Sun., TNT), Adam Sandler’s 1998 hit about a cover-band singer who woos a waitress (Drew Barrymore). The four-hour marathon Pop Stars (beginning 9 p.m. Sun., Nickelodeon) — not to be confused with the WB show — salutes sitcom dads with episodes of “The Brady Bunch,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” “All in the Family” and other classics. The two-hour documentary Heroes of Iwo Jima (9 p.m. Sun., A&E) tells the stories behind the famed photo of Marines raising the American flag during one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. Gene Hackman narrates.
College World Series (2 p.m., 6 p.m. Fri., ESPN2; 1 p.m. Sat., CBS)
Yankees at Mets (7 p.m. Fri., Fox Family; 8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)
Red Sox at Braves (7:30 p.m. Fri., 7 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. Sun., TBS)
U.S. Open Golf (noon, 5 p.m. Fri., ESPN; 3 p.m. Fri., NBC; 1:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun., NBC)
Lakers at 76ers, Game 5 (9 p.m. Fri., NBC)
Rosie O’Donnell (syndicated) Dan Rather, Kristin Davis
David Letterman (CBS) Jon Stewart
Jay Leno (NBC) Jude Law, Brooke Shields, Dido
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Lionel Richie, Jordana Brewster
Conan O’Brien (NBC) Richard Schiff, Tony Danza, Ron Sexsmith
Craig Kilborn (CBS) John Cleese, Travis
All times Eastern unless noted.
Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area. More Joyce Millman.
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