Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for
Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000

By Joyce Millman
Published January 6, 2000 5:00PM (EST)

Series

On Friends (8 p.m., NBC), Rachel is addicted to Pottery Barn furniture and Joey is torn between Janine and his pals. Ming-Na Wen becomes a regular again on ER (10 p.m., NBC) as the ambitious and tireless Dr. Deb Chen, who makes Lucy Knight seem like a slacker. The science of sexual attraction is the topic on Turn Ben Stein On (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central), with guest Bill Nye the Science Guy.

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Specials

GOP contenders square off in a New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate (7 p.m., PBS, MSNBC). Motorists are caught on surveillance tape Getting a Ticket in America (8 p.m., Fox), while angry mobs are shown marauding and pillaging in the special you've been waiting for, Totally Out of Control People (9 p.m., ABC). The documentary James Thurber: The Life and Hard Times (check local times, PBS) profiles the satirist and cartoonist through interviews with admirers and friends. George Plimpton narrates.

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Talk

David Letterman (CBS) George Stephanopoulos, Sue Murphy

Jay Leno (NBC) Ethan Hawke, Hallie Eisenberg

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Sen. Robert Torricelli, Niger Innis

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Jeff Daniels


Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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