Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Thursday, July 29, 1999

Published July 29, 1999 4:00PM (EDT)


Phoebe finds a police badge, and then a boyfriend, on a rerun of Friends (8 p.m., NBC). On a repeat of ER (10 p.m., NBC), Weaver thinks she's found her birth mother and Hathaway makes a decision about her pregnancy. 48 Hours (10 p.m., CBS) updates a report on the world's first hand transplant recipient. Ted Koppel hosts the eight-part series Nightline in Prime Time: Brave New World (10 p.m., ABC), which looks at life and technology as we head into 2000. In the opening episode, Robert Krulwich reports on Americans' obsession with getting things done fast, and contrasts our high-tech, go-go lives with those of the Amish. "Brave New World" aims to set itself apart from your average newsmag and it does -- it's the only one with a house band (They Might Be Giants).

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The Clintons are on hand for an eclectic American Celebration at Ford's Theatre (8 p.m., ABC), featuring performances by Nathan Lane, Kathleen Battle, Alan Jackson, Diane Krall, Queen Esther Marrow and Charlotte Church. Leeza Gibbons hosts The Teen Files (8 p.m., UPN), a kid-aimed look at issues like teen sexuality and racism, from the producers of "Scared Straight." The fall and winter Paris Fashion Collections (9 p.m., ABC) are on display, straight from the houses of Versace, Lagerfeld, Valentino, Givenchy and whoever. The ever-stylish Isabella Rossellini hosts.

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Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Alec Baldwin, John Leguizamo

David Letterman (CBS) Bruce Willis, Barry White

Jay Leno (NBC) Greg Kinnear, Geri Halliwell

Charlie Rose (PBS) Diana Krall

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Anne Meara, Lisa Ann Walter

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Bill Murray, Bruce Springsteen (rerun)

By Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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