Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Thursday, Aug. 12, 1999

By Joyce Millman
Published August 12, 1999 8:00PM (UTC)
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On a rerun of Friends (8 p.m., NBC), Rachel starts smoking to get in good with her boss, which makes ex-smoker Chandler crave the butts again. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (8 p.m., ABC) moves into its new time slot with a double dose of improv fun. Two episodes air back-to-back. ER (10 p.m., NBC) reruns the one where Carter and Lucy scour the city for an AWOL father who is needed to provide a life-saving blood transfusion for his daughter.

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Britney Spears does her little jailbait dance on the 1999 Teen Choice Awards (8 p.m., Fox), in which teens entertainment faves are revealed. N Sync, Gloria Estefan, Blink 182, 98 Degrees and Jennifer Love Hewitt are among the scheduled performers and presenters. The documentary Fists of Freedom: The Story of the 68 Summer Games (10 p.m., HBO) chronicles the personal and societal impetus behind the famous black power salute given by American track stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos as they stood on the medal podium at the Mexico City Olympic Games.

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Rosie ODonnell (syndicated) Steven Weber (rerun)

David Letterman (CBS) Rene Russo

Jay Leno (NBC) Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lyle Lovett

Charlie Rose (PBS) David Guterson, Annie Proulx (rerun)

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Molly Ringwald

Conan OBrien (NBC) Claire Danes, Richard Kind

Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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