Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999

Published October 28, 1999 4:00PM (EDT)


You have two chances to see Action (9 p.m., Fox) before it disappears for the duration of November sweeps -- and maybe for good. If Nielsen ratings were audible, only dogs would be able to hear the numbers for this show. Anyway, in the first of two consecutive episodes, Scott Wolf wants to star in Peter's latest flick, but Peter thinks the "Party of Five" actor is too short. The second episode (9:30 p.m.) is a rerun of the one where Peter pretends to be gay to try and persuade his leading man to stay closeted until the movie is released. Looking for Wasteland tonight? You won't find it. ABC has yanked the low-rated and critically unacclaimed soap off the schedule until November sweeps has safely passed. In its place: a rerun of The Best Commercials You've Never Seen (9 p.m., ABC). Mystery! (check local times, PBS) begins the Cordelia Gray two-parter "An Unsuitable Job for a Woman: Playing God," in which Cordelia (Helen Baxendale) is hired by a police official to shadow his daughter's boyfriend. ER (10 p.m., NBC) reruns the season opener (gee, it seems like this one aired, oh, five weeks ago), in which pregnant Hathaway narrowly escapes injury when a truck crashes through a coffee-bar window and Carter meets up with his cousin's sexy ex-wife. Halloween bouts on Celebrity Deathmatch (10 p.m., MTV) include KISS vs. 'N Sync (any bets on this one?) and Wolfman vs. the Frankenstein monster.

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William H. Macy provides the voice of Ichabod Crane in an animated version of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," retitled The Night of the Headless Horseman (8 p.m., Fox). The first ever WB Radio Music Awards (8 p.m., WB), based on radio airplay, are handed out in Las Vegas. Performers include David Bowie, Garth Chris Brooks Gaines (or whoever he is today), Kid Rock, Smash Mouth and the rest of the usual suspects, plus a lot of pretty actors from the Dubba-Dubba.

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Avalanche at Flyers (7:30 p.m., ESPN2)

Penguins at Kings (10:30 p.m., ESPN2)

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Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Bryant Gumbel, Natalie Merchant

David Letterman (CBS) Denzel Washington, Luciano Pavarotti

Jay Leno (NBC) Martin Short, Santana (rerun)

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Mariel Hemingway, Dan Savage

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Claire Danes, Richard Kind (rerun)

By Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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