Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Wednesday, June 2, 1999


Joyce Millman
June 2, 1999 8:00PM (UTC)

Series

Spencer Tracy is profiled on a new Biography (8 p.m. EDT/9 PDT, A&E), while the "bad boys" week continues on Behind the Music (9 p.m., VH1 with a rerun of the Vanilla Ice episode. The Drew Carey Show (9 p.m., ABC) reruns the one where his parents meet his older woman (Shirley Jones) and he meets her grown son (Danny Bonaduce). South Park (10 p.m., Comedy Central) repeats the classic, Emmy nominated "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride" episode, in which Stan's gay dog teaches the boys a lesson in tolerance. The X Show (11 p.m., FX) is a new nightly talk show just for guys, featuring manly topics about manly interests and hosted by Derick Alexander, Mark "Studs" DeCarlo, Justin Walker and John Webber. Kind of like a male version of "The View." But shouldn't it be called "The Y Show"?

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Specials

Jada Pinkett Smith and Jamie Foxx host the 1999 Essence Awards (8 p.m., Fox), honoring African-American achievements of the past year. Lauryn Hill and Chris Rock are slated to receive awards; performers and presenters include Bill Cosby, Stevie Wonder, Brandy and Faith Evans. The three-part documentary Stealing Time: The New Science of Aging (check local times, PBS) looks at scientific breakthroughs that have allowed people to live longer, more active lives.

Sports

Baseball:

Indians at Yankees (7:30 p.m., ESPN)

Orioles at Mariners (10:30 p.m., ESPN)

Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Rene Russo

David Letterman (CBS) James Caan (rerun)

Jay Leno (NBC) Lara Flynn Boyle, Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Dennis Miller, Rep. Helen Chenoweth (rerun)

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Mark Wahlberg, Wendie Malick

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Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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