Blue Glow

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

Published December 9, 1999 5:00PM (EST)


"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" host Regis Philbin is profiled on Biography (8 p.m. EST/9 p.m. PST, A&E). On Popular (8 p.m., WB), Sam and Brooke gather their polar opposite cliques together for Christmas. Friends (8 p.m., NBC) reruns the one where Joey has a hernia but no health insurance and Ross uses a phony British accent to teach his college classes. On a rerun of ER (10 p.m., NBC), Carol is caught in the fallout from Doug's unauthorized treatment of a dying boy. High school is the topic as filmmaker Alexander Payne ("Election") and journalist Carl Bernstein visit Turn Ben Stein On (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central). I refuse to believe that Ben Stein ever was a teenager.

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The babies search for "the meanie of Hanukkah" on The Rugrats' Hanukkah Special (8 p.m., Nickelodeon). The 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made (8 p.m., MTV) continues counting down with part four (of six). Julie Harris hosts Grow Old Along with Me (check local times, PBS), which dispels many myths of old age and celebrates the joys of longevity. In a rather large case of bad timing, Harris' co-host is Richard Kiley, who passed away earlier this year, after this show was in the can.

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Raiders at Titans (8 p.m., ESPN)

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Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Tom Hanks, Mike Douglas

David Letterman (CBS) Johnny Depp (rerun)

Jay Leno (NBC) Hank Azaria, Celine Dion

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Terry Bradshaw

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Adam Sandler, Peta Wilson, Chris Eigeman (rerun)

By Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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