Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for
Friday, Aug. 6, to Monday, Aug. 9, 1999


Joyce Millman
August 6, 1999 8:00PM (UTC)

Series

Homicide (10 p.m. Fri., NBC) reruns the best episode from last season. Disgraced cop Mike Kellerman (Reed Diamond) shows up (he's a private investigator now) and goes head to head with Falsone in a case involving a pair of teenage lovers and their dead newborn. On a rerun of The Simpsons (8 p.m. Sun., Fox), Bart is assigned to do community service at the Retirement Castle; somehow, this leads to a parody of "Titanic." True Hollywood Story (9 p.m. Sun., E!) has a new episode about Alfred Hitchcock to mark what would have been his 100th birthday. I'm sure the Master would be deeply touched. Behind the Music (9 p.m. Sun., VH1) has a 90-minute episode about the first Woodstock. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (9 p.m. Sun., Sci-Fi Channel), the show that made an art form out of talking back to the movie screen, signs off for good after a 10-year run. On Sex and the City (9 p.m. Sun., HBO), the women are in the unusual position of all being involved in relationships at the same time. Jeff Greenfield has a nice interview with Fred Rogers on CNN & Time (10 p.m. Sun., CNN). Nicolas Cage is the subject of a new Biography (8 p.m. EDT/ 9 PDT, Mon., A&E). It's all in the Stiller family as Anne Meara guests opposite husband Jerry on a rerun of The King of Queens (8 p.m. Mon., CBS). Daughter Amy Stiller also appears. But what about Ben? Ally seeks the counsel of therapist Tracy Clark (Tracey Ullman) on a rerun of Ally McBeal (9 p.m. Mon., Fox). The new sitcom Katie Joplin (9:30 p.m. Mon., WB) stars Park Overall as a talk radio host.

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Specials

Nick Broomfield's controversial 1998 documentary Kurt and Courtney (10 p.m. Fri., Cinemax) does not portray the widow Cobain in a flattering light. The three-hour documentary The Vietnam War: A Descent into Hell (8 p.m. Sat., Discovery) chronicles the conflict from its post-WWII roots to the U.S.'s full involvement. Martin Sheen
narrates. Beavis and Butt-head Do America (4 p.m. Sat., MTV, repeated 10 p.m.), the duo's movie debut, has its TV premiere. Watch it with someone you love. D.L. Hughley: Going Home (11:05 p.m. Sat., HBO) finds the stand-up comic and star of ABC's "The Hughleys" on stage in his native Charlotte, N.C. Geraldo Rivera Reports: Women in Prison (7 p.m. Sun., NBC) -- kind of says it all, doesn't it? The Discovery Channel kicks off its annual "Shark Week" with Live from a Shark Cage (9 p.m. Sun., Discovery), in which underwater photographer Al Giddings goes into the deep with the eating machines in the Bikini Atoll. Robert De Niro narrates Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth (10:15 p.m. Mon., HBO), Robert Weide's Academy Award-nominated documentary about the trouble-prone comic genius.

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Sports

Baseball:

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

Yankees at Mariners (9 p.m. Sat., FX)

Astros at Cubs (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

Astros at Braves (7:35 p.m. Mon., TBS)

Exhibition football:

Chargers vs. Broncos (9 p.m. Sat., Fox)

Browns vs. Cowboys (8 p.m. Mon., ABC)

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Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated ) "Party of Five" cast (rerun)

David Letterman (CBS) Ray Romano

Jay Leno (NBC) Haley Joel Osment

Politically Incorrect (ABC) "Boy Meets World" cast (rerun)

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Matthew Broderick, Kristin Davis, Train


Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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