Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for
Wednesday, June 16, 1999


Joyce Millman
June 16, 1999 8:00PM (UTC)

Series

Still living in the Michael Jordan Era, NBC tries to juice up its Jordan-less NBA Finals coverage with a Dateline NBC (8 p.m., NBC, or after the basketball game on the West Coast) interview with the retired His Airness, who now fills his time by endorsing even more products than he did when he was playing. Dawson's Creek (8 p.m., WB) reruns the episode where Jack's poetry has Capeside abuzz with rumors of his sexual preference. On a rerun of The Sopranos (9 p.m., HBO), young guns Christopher and Brendan get the Soprano crew in a jam when they take it upon themselves to hijack a truck filled with designer suits. The Man Show (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central), a weekly "celebration of chauvinism," premieres. Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel host this talk variety show that features women in bikinis, explosions, more women in bikinis and performing monkeys.

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Specials

It's a commercial! It's an awards show! It's The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (8 p.m., Fox), unveiling Blockbuster customers' choices for their video and music favorites of the past year. John Travolta gets the lifetime achievement award -- surely, the pinnacle of any actor's career, right up there with the MTV Movie Award. The People's Century (check local times, PBS) has back-to-back episodes on China under Chairman Mao and the post-WWII economic growth of Japan and South Korea.

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Sports

Baseball:

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

Pirates at Dodgers (10:30 p.m., ESPN)

NBA Finals:

Knicks at Spurs, Game 1 (9 p.m., NBC)

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Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Timothy Hutton, Mase

David Letterman (CBS) David Schwimmer, Seth Green

Jay Leno (NBC) Christina Ricci, Phil Collins

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Scott Thompson, Carson Daly

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Noah Wyle, Jonathan Katz, Mike Ness

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Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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