Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Wednesday,
April 7, 1999


Joyce Millman
April 7, 1999 9:42PM (UTC)

Specials

Advertising, the universal language: The World's Sexiest Commercials (9 p.m., Fox) rounds up some Fox-worthy ads from foreign lands. Before you get all overheated about The Body Human 2000: Love, Sex and the Miracle of Birth (10 p.m., CBS), observe that it's not on Fox, and it's hosted by James Brolin, who surely wouldn't do anything to embarrass his wife, Barbra Streisand. Yep, it's a techno-centric look at recent scientific advances in combating infertility, impotence and infant mortality.

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Series

Live from Lincoln Center (check local times, PBS) presents "Uptown Blues: Ellington at 100," in which Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra perform Duke Ellington's jazz reworking of Edvard Grieg's "Peer Gynt Suite." It's like, you know ... (8:30 p.m., ABC) picks up the pace with its funniest episode so far, in which Arthur and Lauren are caught in a romantic mix-up, Jennifer Grey angers the Harvard elite that secretly runs Hollywood and Shrug goes to an amnesiologist. American Masters (check local times, PBS) looks at the groundbreaking found art of Robert Rauschenberg. Dennis Hopper narrates. On a new episode of South Park (10 p.m., Comedy Central), guest Jennifer Aniston provides the voice of a music teacher who hauls the kids to Costa Rica to sing the praises of the rainforest. The darkly funny new series Strangers With Candy (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central) stars playwright and comic Amy Sedaris as a 46-year-old former teenage runaway who comes back home after 32 years and starts high school. It's TV's old "Afterschool Specials" reimagined by Sedaris and her former "Exit 57" colleagues Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello.

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Sports

Baseball:

Cubs at Astros (7:30 p.m., ESPN)

Indians at Angels (10:30 p.m., ESPN)

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Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Drew Barrymore, Everlast
David Letterman (CBS) Lennox Lewis

Jay Leno (NBC) Leelee Sobieski, Rob Schneider

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Jon Stewart, Jello Biafra

Conan O'Brien (NBC) David Arquette, Susan Tedeschi

Craig Kilborn (CBS) Shannen Doherty, Bonnie Raitt

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Joyce Millman

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