Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Monday, April 5

Published April 6, 1999 12:39AM (EDT)


The Century (9 p.m., ABC) uses the lives of Elvis Presley and Martin Luther King Jr. to illustrate race and culture in America in the '50s and '60s. Filmmaker Lisa Lewenz put together the documentary A Letter Without Words (check local times, PBS) using home movies that were shot by her grandmother, German-Jewish filmmaker Ella Lewenz, in pre-WWII Berlin and that depicted her family's increasing alarm over the rise of Nazism.

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Children's author James Marshall's stories about the friendship between two hippos become an animated series in George and Martha (7 p.m., HBO). Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin provide the voices. On The King of Queens (8:30 p.m., CBS), Doug is frantic with hunger at a dinner party for one of Carrie's clients, but there isn't any food. Ally and Georgia go at it as opposing counsels in a date-rape trial on a new Ally McBeal (9 p.m., Fox). On a new episode of Everybody Loves Raymond (9 p.m., CBS), Debra and Ray finally get away without the kids for a weekend in Vermont. So why isn't he happy? The American Experience (check local times, PBS) has a new episode chronicling explorer John Wesley Powell's 1869 expedition down the Colorado River into the Grand Canyon.

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Diamondbacks at Dodgers (4 p.m., ESPN)
Phillies at Braves (4:05 p.m., TBS)
Brewers at Cardinals (7 p.m., ESPN)
Yankees at Athletics (10:30 p.m., ESPN)

Pacers at Pistons (8 p.m., TBS)

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David Letterman (CBS) Charles Grodin, Doug E. Doug
Jay Leno (NBC) Dennis Franz, Monica Keena
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Alfred Molina, Stephanie Miller
Conan O'Brien (NBC) Robin Williams (rerun)
Craig Kilborn (CBS) Janeane Garofalo, Shirley Manson

By Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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