Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, June 4-6, 1999


Joyce Millman
June 4, 1999 8:00PM (UTC)

Series

George Jones' eventful (that's an understatement) life is chronicled on a new Biography (8 p.m. EDT/9 PDT, Fri., A&E). Fox's late-night comedy show Mad TV (9 p.m., Fri., Fox) gets a prime-time slot for summer reruns. Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m., Fri., NBC) repeats one of the best shows of the past year, in which host Ray Romano does a dead-on impersonation of Roberto Benigni; he also appears with Tim Meadows in an ESPN "SportsCenter" parody that is the stuff of legend. Springfield's kids are placed under a curfew on a rerun of The Simpsons (8 p.m., Sun., Fox). True Hollywood Story (8 p.m., Sun., E!) has a new installment about "The Brady Bunch." Sex and the City (9 p.m., Sun., HBO) opens its second season of guilty-pleasure girl talk with Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) trying to get over her breakup with Mr. Big. Arliss (9:30 p.m., Sun., HBO), starring Robert Wuhl as a shark of a sports agent, also begins a new season. Tonya Harding and Roger Clemens appear as themselves. On a rerun of The Practice (10 p.m., Sun., ABC), gentle podiatrist George Vogelman goes on trial for allegedly beheading a woman with whom he had a one-night stand.

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Specials

The documentary Reconstructing Evil (8 p.m., Fri., Encore) tells the story of the successful effort by film producer Rick Schmidlin and editor Walter Murch to restore Orson Welles' 1958 noir masterpiece "Touch of Evil" from the watered-down Universal cut to Welles' original vision. The reedited version of "Touch of Evil" follows at 9 p.m. June Bugs (beginning 9 p.m., Fri., Cartoon Network) unspools 48 straight hours of classic Bugs Bunny cartoons. Broadway's big bash, the Tony Awards (check local times, Sun., PBS and CBS), begins with a one-hour telecast on PBS in which awards in 10 categories, including choreography, directing and costuming, are handed out. That's followed by the splashy CBS telecast hosted by David Hyde-Pierce, Rosie O'Donnell, Calista Flockhart, Julie Andrews, Carol Burnett, Bea Arthur and Angela Lansbury. Anjelica Huston hosts the third annual Women's Film Festival (8 p.m., Sun., Lifetime), a two-hour showcase of short films by new female directors. The new cable movie That Championship Season (8 p.m., Sun., Showtime) is a remake of Jason Miller's 1973 Pulitzer-winning play about a fateful reunion of a high school basketball team. Starring Gary Sinise, Paul Sorvino (who also directed), Vincent D'Onofrio, Terry Kinney and Tony Shalhoub. John Sayles' 1996 drama Lone Star (8 p.m. , Sun., TNT) has its network premiere. Chris Cooper stars as a Texas sheriff who unleashes a hornet's nest of secrets and racial tensions when he reopens a 40-year-old murder case. Co-starring Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey and Elizabeth Pena.

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Sports

Baseball:

Braves at Red Sox (7 p.m. Fri., 4 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. Sun., TBS)

Rangers at Diamondbacks (10 p.m., Sat., FX)

Mets at Yankees (8 p.m., Sun., ESPN)

NBA Playoffs:

Spurs at Trail Blazers (Game 3, 9 p.m., Fri., NBC; Game 4, 6:30 p.m., Sun., NBC)

Pacers at Knicks (Game 3, 6:30 p.m., Sat., NBC)

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NHL Playoffs:

Avalanche at Stars, Game 7 (7:30 p.m., Fri., ESPN)

Tennis

French Open, women's final (Noon, Sat., NBC)

French Open, men's final (9 a.m., Sun., NBC)

Horse racing

Belmont Stakes (4:30 p.m., Sat., ABC)

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Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Sarah Jessica Parker

David Letterman (CBS) Rosie Perez, Reggie Miller, John Hiatt (rerun)

Jay Leno (NBC) Magic Johnson, Maura Tierney

Dennis Miller (HBO) Steven Wright

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Woody Harrelson, Drew Pinsky (rerun)

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Martin Short, Black Crowes

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Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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