Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for
Holiday Weekend, May 28-31


Joyce Millman
May 28, 1999 8:00PM (UTC)

Series

Law & Order (10 p.m. Fri., NBC) reruns take over the "Homicide" slot for the next month -- because there aren't enough "Law & Order" reruns on already. This is the one where Briscoe and Curtis match wits with a pair of bounty hunters. Dateline NBC (8 p.m. Sun., NBC) has an interview with Bill Murray about his new book. Masterpiece Theatre (check local times, Sun., PBS) presents "Goodnight, Mister Tom," starring John Thaw as a crusty widower in World War II England who takes in a troubled boy who was evacuated from London. Sex and the City (9 p.m. Sun., HBO) reruns the last two episodes from its first season, back to back. You might want to catch up in preparation for the series' new season, which begins on June 6. The Practice (10 p.m. Sun., ABC) returns for summer reruns, beginning with Jimmy defending his cousin, who is charged with wrongful termination by an Iranian employee. Behind the Music (9 p.m. Mon., VH1) goes nightly, beginning with a new profile of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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Specials

Tim Burton's star-laden 1996 flop Mars Attacks! (8 p.m. Fri., Fox) has its network premiere, but if it's expertly crafted camp you seek, then try John Waters' 1988 classic Hairspray (8 p.m. Fri., Comedy Central), starring Ricki Lake, Divine and Jerry Stiller. George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon head the cast in the new cable production of Inherit the Wind (8 p.m. Sat., Showtime), the 1955 play based on the 1925 Scopes "monkey trial," in which a Tennessee teacher was prosecuted for teaching evolution. Tom Everett Scott and Beau Bridges co-star. The annual National Memorial Day Concert (check local times, Sun., PBS) airs live (in most cities) from the West Lawn of the Capitol. Aaron Neville and Rita Moreno perform. The new cable movie The Passion of Ayn Rand (8 p.m. Sun., Showtime) stars Helen Mirren as the formidable author, Eric Stoltz as her protigi and lover, and Julie Delpy as Stoltz's quietly suffering wife. Peter Fonda plays Rand's husband. John Sacret Young's ("China Beach") 1998 cable miniseries Thanks of a Grateful Nation (9 p.m. Sun., NBC), about Gulf War veterans trying to get the military to acknowledge Gulf War syndrome, has its first network airing. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ted Danson and Matt Keesler star. Sam Shepard and Judy Davis have the title roles in the new cable movie Dash and Lilly (8 p.m. EST/9 PST, Mon., A&E), a biography of Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman, directed by Kathy Bates.

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Sports

Baseball:

Dodgers at Braves (7:35 p.m. Fri., 7:05 p.m. Sat., 1:05 p.m. Sun., TBS)

Yankees at Blue Jays (4 p.m. Sat., FX)

Cardinals at Cubs (7 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

Reds at Mets (1:15 p.m. Mon., ESPN)

Cardinals at Marlins (4 p.m. Mon. ESPN)

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

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NHL Playoffs:

Maple Leafs vs. Sabres (Game 4, 7:30 p.m. Sat. ESPN; Game 5, 7:30 p.m. Mon., ESPN)

Avalanche vs. Stars (Game 4, 7:30 p.m. Fri., ESPN; Game 5, 2 p.m. Sun., Fox)

NBA Playoffs:

Knicks at Pacers, Game 1 (5:30 p.m. Sun., NBC)

Auto racing:

Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. Sun., ABC)

NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 (6:05 p.m. Sun., TBS)

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Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Fri: Leslie Nielsen, Missy Elliott; Mon: Caroline Rhea

David Letterman (CBS) Fri: Jennifer Lopez, Ira Glass; Mon: John Goodman (rerun)

Jay Leno (NBC) Fri: Cuba Gooding Jr., Wilco; Mon: Goldie Hawn, Elton John (rerun)

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Fri: Emme, Daisy Fuentes (rerun); Mon: Ron Eldard, Ann Coulter (rerun)

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Fri: Damon Wayans; Mon: Barbara Walters (rerun)

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Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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