Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, Sept. 10-12, 1999


Joyce Millman
September 10, 1999 8:00PM (UTC)

Series

Emergency Vets (8 p.m. Fri., Animal Planet) begins its new season, and those of us who are addicted to this show swear it's better than "ER." David Bowie begins a stint hosting the new season of The Hunger (9 p.m. Fri., Showtime), a cable anthology series devoted to morose erotica. Bowie, Eric Roberts and Giovanni Ribisi star in this week's stories. Fun guys, all. Inside the Actors Studio (8 p.m. Sun., Bravo) probes le genius of Jerry Lewis. On Sex and the City (9 p.m. Sun., HBO), Samantha gets her claws into Charlotte's brother.

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Specials

The new cable movie Storm (8 p.m. Sat., Fox Family) answers the question, "Whatever happened to Luke Perry?" Here he is, playing a meteorologist who stumbles onto the truth about the government's plot to create weather disasters and aim them at unfriendly countries. But a renegade hurricane has escaped the lab and is headed for L.A., and only Luke can stop it! John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson and Neil Young headline Farm Aid '99 (2 p.m. Sun., Country Music Television), which runs for eight hours. Beau Bridges has the title role in the cable miniseries P.T. Barnum (8 p.m. EDT/9 PDT, Sun., A&E), a bio of the legendary circus showman. The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (8 p.m. EDT/7 PDT, Sun., Fox) are here. Will "The Sopranos" win its rightful share of awards, or will it sleep with the fishes? The suspense is giving me agita. David Hyde Pierce and Jenna Elfman host the telecast; you have your pick of pre-shows (6 p.m., Fox, E!). If you're not into overblown displays of TV industry self-congratulation, the other networks are offering reruns of Braveheart (7 p.m. Sun., NBC), GoodFellas (8 p.m. Sun., CBS) and an old Barbara Walters Oscar special (9 p.m. Sun., ABC) with Liam Neeson, Celine Dion and Elizabeth Taylor. The choice Emmy alternative: An American Love Story (check local listings, Sun., PBS), Jennifer Fox's 10-part cinema verite documentary about two years in the life of a New York City interracial couple and their two children, and how their loving family unit often can't shelter them from the realities of the world outside. Airs for two hours a night through Sept. 16. Check local listings for times.

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Sports

Baseball:

Mets at Dodgers (10 p.m. Sat., FX)

Tennis:

U.S. Open: Women's final and men's semi-final (11 a.m. Sat., CBS); men's final (4 p.m. Sun., CBS)

Football

Cowboys at Redskins, Cardinals at Eagles or Panthers at Saints (1 p.m. Sun., Fox)

Raiders at Packers, Ravens at Rams, Bengals at Titans, Patriots at Jets, Bills at Colts or Chiefs at Bears (1 p.m. Sun., CBS)

49ers at Jaguars, Lions at Seahawks, Vikings at Falcons or Giants at Buccaneers (4 p.m. Sun., Fox)

Steelers at Browns (8:15 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

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Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Florence Henderson

David Letterman (CBS) Queen Latifah, John Popper

Jay Leno (NBC) Martin Short, Santana

Charlie Rose (PBS) Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Cast of "The Real World"


Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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