Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for
Monday, June 28, 1999


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

Series

The weekly newsmagazine Investigative Reports (9 p.m. EDT/10 PDT, A&E) begins airing five nights a week with a special series about the role of guns in America. Episodes look at gun makers, the National Rifle Association, gun control advocates and kids with guns. On a rerun of Ally McBeal (9 p.m., Fox), Ling sues a co-worker for having "sexual thoughts." Debra and Ray have a not so-romantic weekend in Vermont by themselves on a stellar rerun of Everybody Loves Raymond (9 p.m., CBS). 48 Hours (10 p.m., CBS) revisits a 1998 report on neighbors who just can't get along. The new series Making the Video (10:30 p.m., MTV) goes behind the scenes on music video shoots. Scraping the old barrel bottom over at MTV, aren't they?

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Specials

Oddity alert: The 1992 TV movie The Broken Cord (9 p.m., Lifetime) was a so-so adaptation of the bestseller by the late Michael Dorris about his experiences as the adoptive single parent of a native American child suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome. Why you should watch: For the pre "NYPD Blue" pairing of Jimmy Smits and Kim Delaney as Dorris and his wife, author Louise Erdrich. And because everything went so sadly wrong for Dorris and his family after the movie was made. Back-to-back episodes of The People's Century (check local times, PBS) look at guerrilla warfare in Cuba, Afghanistan and Vietnam and at the rise of religious fundamentalism in Iran and the United States.

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Sports

Baseball:

Braves at Expos (7 p.m., TBS)

WNBA:

Mercury at Rockers (7:30 p.m., ESPN)

Wimbledon:

Early-round play (Noon, HBO, NBC)

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Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Susan Lucci

David Letterman (CBS) Ricky Martin, Gen. Colin Powell

Jay Leno (NBC) Hugh Grant, Vlade Divac

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Gun control debate

Conan O'Brien (NBC) David Arquette, Jerry O'Connell (rerun)

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Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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