Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Thursday, Sept. 9, 1999


Joyce Millman
September 9, 1999 8:00PM (UTC)

Series

The Osmonds -- all of 'em -- are profiled on a new Biography (8 p.m. EDT/9 PDT, A&E). On a rerun of Friends (8 p.m., NBC), Joey heads to the desert outside Las Vegas to star in an indie film. Just Shoot Me (9:30 p.m., NBC) reruns the one where Maya discovers that Elliott's "mentally disabled" brother (guest David Cross) is a fake. Nightline in Prime Time (10 p.m., ABC) continues its "Brave New World" series with a show devoted to the brain, brain injuries and brain surgeons.

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Specials

Chris Rock hosts the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards (8 p.m., MTV), which are taking place for the first time at New York City's Metropolitan Opera House. The opera-rock crossover is intriguing; performers include Ricky Martin, Backstreet Boys, Lauryn Hill and Will Smith, with appearances by the cast of "The Blair Witch Project," Madonna, Janet Jackson, Adam Sandler, Susan Sarandon and the ubiquitous Britney Spears. The documentary The Road to Rapture (9 p.m. EDT/10 PDT, A&E) chronicles the history of apocalypse theories.

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Sports

Tennis:

U.S. Open (11 a.m., 7:30 p.m., USA)

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Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Pamela Anderson Lee

David Letterman (CBS) Craig Kilborn, Louise Smith

Jay Leno (NBC) Kevin Bacon

Charlie Rose (PBS) Sen. John McCain, Dave Matthews

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Michael Medved, Alex Nogales

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Sam Donaldson

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