Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999

Published October 6, 1999 4:00PM (EDT)

Fall premiere

Roswell (9 p.m., WB) is a sci-fi drama crossed with a giddy teen romance. The captivating pilot episode, written by creator Jason Katims ("My So-Called Life," "Relativity"), introduces Liz Parker (newcomer Shiri Appleby), a small-town girl from the weirdest small town in America -- Roswell, N.M. After a brush with death, she learns that Max Evans (Jason Behr), the cute, shy classmate she's admired from afar, is really an extraterrestrial with ties to the alleged 1947 crash-landing in Roswell of an alien spacecraft. "Roswell" is based on Melinda Metz's "Roswell High" novels for teenagers; it's co-produced by David Nutter ("The X-Files") and Jonathan Frakes ("Star Trek: The Next Generation"), two guys who know a lot about sci-fi.

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Dawson can't wait to get down with Eve, while Pacey is down about Andie's lukewarm reception to his surprise visit on Dawson's Creek (8 p.m., WB). President Bartlet wants a decisive response to the downing of an American airliner in the Mideast on The West Wing (9 p.m., NBC). Drew and his pals are ordered by a judge to stay at least 100 feet away from each other at all times on The Drew Carey Show (9 p.m., ABC). The cops investigate the shooting of a judge on Law & Order (10 p.m., NBC).

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The "Nova" special Everest: The Mystery of Mallory and Irvine (check local times, PBS) reruns a 1986 documentary about a 1924 expedition in which two climbers came within 1,000 feet of being the first to conquer Everest, only to vanish.

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Baseball playoffs:

Astros at Braves, Game 2 (4 p.m., ESPN)

Red Sox at Indians, Game 1 (8 p.m., Fox)

Mets at Diamondbacks, Game 2 (11 p.m., ESPN)

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Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Susan Lucci, Jesse L. Martin

David Letteran (CBS) Lily Tomlin, Leah Remini

Jay Leno (NBC) Elisabeth Shue, Nanci Griffith with Darius Rucker

Charlie Rose (PBS) White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Bob Guccione Jr., Kevin Nealon

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Steven Wright

By Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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