Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, June 25-27, 1999


Joyce Millman
June 25, 1999 8:00PM (UTC)

Series

Fans of Another World (check local listings, Fri., NBC) say goodbye to Bay City as the venerable soap ends its 35-year run. Dead show walking: NBC may have pulled the plug on Homicide (10 p.m., Fri., NBC), but it's keeping it around for summer reruns. In this episode, Mike Giardello puts in a request to the FBI to transfer to the Baltimore Police Department, and Sheppard and Lewis question a man in the murder of his identical twin. This just in: Richard Belzer will transfer his John Munch character from "Homicide" to next fall's "Law & Order" spinoff, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The cable sci-fi series Stargate SG-1 (10 p.m., Fri., Showtime) begins a new season. Richard Dean Anderson stars. The cable comedy-drama Rude Awakening (10 p.m., Sat., Showtime) also begins a new season. Sherilyn Fenn returns as a former TV star and recovering alcoholic. Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m., Sat., NBC) reruns the Drew Barrymore episode, with music from Garbage. On a rerun of The Simpsons (8 p.m., Sun., Fox), Homer is inspired by Thomas Edison to become a great inventor. Capt. Zapp Brannigan, the pantsless superhero, makes his first appearance on a rerun of Futurama (8:30 p.m., Sun., Fox). Lenny Kravitz (the artist formerly known as the former Mr. Lisa Bonet) is profiled on a new edition of Behind the Music (9 p.m., Sun., VH1). The baby sitter murder trial gets under way on a rerun of The Practice (10 p.m., Sun., ABC).

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Specials

Ewan McGregor goes over to the dark side as brash British futures trader Nick Leeson, who single-handedly ruined Britain's Barings Bank, in the new cable drama Rogue Trader (8 p.m., Fri., Cinemax). Nickelodeon celebrates its 20th birthday with a Nick's Big Birthday Bash Marathon (beginning 8 p.m., Sat., Nickelodeon) of favorite episodes from past and present series. In the documentary The Bunny Years (9 p.m. EDT/10 PDT, Sun., A&E), former Playboy Bunnies, including Gloria Steinem and Lauren Hutton, talk about their experiences in Hef's Hutch.

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Sports

Baseball:

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

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

Dodgers at Giants (8 p.m., Sun., ESPN)

NBA Finals:

Spurs at Knicks, Game 5 (9 p.m., Fri., NBC; Game 6, if necessary, 7:30 p.m., Sun., NBC)

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WNBA:

Comets at Mystics (7 p.m., Fri., Lifetime)

Mercury at Shock (4 p.m., Sat., NBC)

Wimbledon:

Early round play (9 a.m., Fri., HBO; 1 p.m., Sat., NBC; 2 p.m., Sun., NBC)

Women's World Cup:

Canada vs. Russia (Noon, Sat., ESPN)

China vs. Australia (2:30 p.m., Sat., ESPN)

Ghana vs. Sweden (5 p.m., Sat., ESPN2)

Norway vs. Japan (7:30 p.m., Sat., ESPN2)

Germany vs. Brazil (1:30 p.m., Sun., ESPN2)

Nigeria vs. Denmark (4 p.m., Sun., ESPN2)

U.S. vs. N. Korea (7 p.m., Sun., ESPN2)

Mexico vs. Italy (12:30 a.m., Sun., ESPN2)

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Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Matthew Broderick, Natalie Cole

David Letterman (CBS) Spike Lee, Joey Lauren Adams, Santana

Jay Leno (NBC) Salma Hayek, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Smash Mouth

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Donna D'Errico, Eddie Griffin

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Richard Belzer, Luscious Jackson

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Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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