Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Wednesday, Sept. 8, 1999


Joyce Millman
September 8, 1999 8:00PM (UTC)

Series

What would "former child actor" week on Biography (8 p.m. EDT/9 PDT, A&E) be without a profile of Miss Drew Barrymore? Here she is. The 25th season opener of Beverly Hills, 90210 (8 p.m., Fox) (actually, it's the 10th season opener -- it only feels like 25) begins in the aftermath of Kelly shooting her rapist. The new drama-with-comedy series Get Real (9 p.m., Fox) stars Debrah Farentino and Jon Tenney as a Los Angeles couple with three kids ranging in age from baby to high school senior. This is the first of many series this season in which characters talk directly into the camera. Scott Winant ("My So-Called Life") directs the pilot episode. Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (9:30 p.m., ABC) reruns the episode featuring Barenaked Ladies as a Greek chorus in the manner of Jonathan Richman in "There's Something About Mary." Law & Order (10 p.m., NBC) repeats last season's finale, which was also Benjamin Bratt's farewell episode.

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Specials

Placido Domingo headlines Tchaikovsky's 1890 opera "The Queen of Spades" on Metropolitan Opera Presents (check local times, PBS). Tom Hanks won an Oscar for his role as a gay lawyer with AIDS in Jonathan Demme's 1993 drama Philadelphia (8:30 p.m., CBS). And Bruce Springsteen won an Oscar for the soundtrack number "Streets of Philadelphia."

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Sports

Baseball:

Cardinals at Braves (7:30 p.m., ESPN)

Blue Jays at Mariners (10:30 p.m., ESPN)

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Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Martin Short, Smash Mouth

David Letterman (CBS) Ricki Lake, Kid Rock

Jay Leno (NBC) Brandy, Eric Idle

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Chris Rock, Jeri Ryan

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Joyce Millman

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