Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, Aug. 20-22, 1999


Joyce Millman
August 20, 1999 8:00PM (UTC)

Series

Bruce Lee's kung fu fighting daughter Shannon Lee guests on a nifty rerun of Martial Law (8 p.m. Fri., CBS). In the new series Livelyhood (check local times, Fri., PBS), comedian Will Durst travels the country profiling working Americans who are coping with downsizing and other economic changes. The Cranberries and Live make music on Hard Rock Live (Midnight, Sat., VH1). Donny and Marie Osmond are unlikely candidates for scrutiny on Behind the Music ( 8 p.m. Sun., VH1). The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun, Fox) concludes its mythology-advancing "Two Fathers"/"One Son" two-parter. Mr. Big drops a bomb on Carrie on Sex and the City (9 p.m., HBO). True Hollywood Story (9 p.m. Sun., E!) shatters our illusions about Elizabeth Montgomery and the sitcom "Bewitched." She wasn't really a witch! La Femme Nikita (10 p.m. Sun., USA) begins a two-part season finale in which Nikita and Michael's forbidden romance could cost them their lives.

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Specials

The three-part Battle of the Sexes (8 p.m. Sat., Discovery) looks at how birds, bees and other animals do it. Halle Berry stars in and produced the new cable movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (9 p.m. Sat., HBO). Dandridge was a glamorous movie and nightclub star of the '50s who became the first black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for best actress (for the 1954 musical "Carmen Jones"). But the stress of being a standard bearer for black advancement in a racist society proved too much. Berry is stunning in this classy, if by-the-numbers, bio. The new cable movie A Cooler Climate (8 p.m. Sun., Showtime) is a drama starring Sally Field as a woman rendered penniless by divorce who becomes the housekeeper for a wealthy woman (Judy Davis) whose own marriage is crumbling. Sam Elliott stars in the new cable western You Know My Name (8 p.m. Sun., TNT), about real-life Oklahoma lawman Bill Tilghman, who comes out of retirement during Prohibition to nail a corrupt fed. VH1's second original movie, Rick Nelson: Original Teen Idol (9 p.m. Sun., VH1) is an unauthorized bio of the '50s dreamboat who grew up on national TV on "Ozzie and Harriet."

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Sports

Baseball:

Padres at Braves (7:35 p.m. Fri., TBS)

Red Sox at Rangers (8:30 p.m. Sat., FX)

Indians at Mariners (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

WNBA:

Shock at Sting (8 p.m. Fri., Lifetime)

Liberty at Rockers (2 p.m. Sat., NBC)

Exhibition football:

Cowboys at Patriots (8:15 p.m. Sat., ESPN)

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Talk

David Letterman (CBS) Albert Brooks, Omar Epps

Jay Leno (NBC) Sarah Jessica Parker, Brandy

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Youth panel

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Stone Cold Steve Austin, Diana Krall


Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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