Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999


Joyce Millman
September 14, 1999 8:00PM (UTC)

Series

You've seen the miniseries (well, maybe not you, but somebody must have) -- now get the lowdown on the real P.T. Barnum on a new Biography (8 p.m. EDT/9 PDT, A&E). Buffy the Vampire Slayer (8 p.m., WB) reruns the one where Faith tries to turn Angel against Buffy. Ha, fat chance! And Felicity (9 p.m., WB) repeats the episode where our girl may or may not fly to Berlin with Noel for summer vacation. You know what my favorite part of Sunday night's Emmy telecast was? When they ran those funny filmed spoofs starring the casts of "Felicity" and "Dawson's Creek." Wasn't it cool how the academy members let those "rookies" from that "obscure" WB network entertain them like trained monkeys at a society ball? Sunday night's Emmy winners were a joke (yes, Dennis Franz so deserved that 32nd Emmy for his work as Andy Sipowicz frothing at the mouth and peeing in his pants). I think I speak for all "Sopranos" fans when I say to the academy voters, "Stugots!"

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Specials

HBO's series of politically correct animated fairy tales continues with The Sissy Duckling (7:15 p.m., HBO), Harvey Fierstein's adaptation of "The Ugly Duckling," narrated by Sharon Stone. Fierstein, Andy Dick, Dan Butler, Melissa Etheridge, Kathy Najimy and Ed Asner are among those providing the voices. The cable miniseries Journey to the Center of the Earth (8 p.m., USA) stars Treat Williams, Bryan Brown and Jeremy London in the latest filming of Jules Verne's tale about a scientist who leads an expedition to find a missing adventurer and ends up discovering a prehistoric world. Directed by George Miller ("The Road Warrior"). The live outdoor concert Sheryl Crow and Friends: Central Park in Blue (9 p.m., Fox) features Crow and pals Eric Clapton, Sarah McLachlan, Stevie Nicks, David Bowie and Chrissie Hynde. Hope it doesn't rain. An American Love Story (check local times, PBS) continues with episodes 5 and 6. If Sheryl Crow isn't diva enough for ya, there's a rerun of Cher Live in Concert at the MGM Grand in Vegas (9:30 p.m., HBO), and it's worth it for "If I Could Turn Back Time" alone.

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Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Richard Simmons

Martin Short (syndicated) Steve Martin

David Letterman (CBS) the Dixie Chicks

Jay Leno (NBC) Gina Gershon, Oscar De La Hoya

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Dixie Carter, John Taylor

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Dave Chappelle, Vicki Lewis, John Prine

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Joyce Millman

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