Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Monday, Jan. 24, 2000


Joyce Millman
January 24, 2000 10:00PM (UTC)

Series

On Freaks and Geeks (8 p.m., NBC), Lindsay wants to gently dump Nick, while Sam tries out for school mascot in hopes of impressing a cheerleader. Everybody Loves Raymond (9 p.m., CBS) reruns the episode where Debra and Ray can't decide who they should leave the kids to in the event of their demise. Yet another high school show debuts on the Dubba Dubba, this one a sitcom. Brutally Normal (9 p.m., WB) chronicles the school traumas of four friends who attend Normal High. Once and Again (10 p.m., ABC) returns in its new time slot. Lily's dalliance with her ex casts a cloud over her and Rick's affair; meanwhile Grace begins tutoring Eli. As if all the show's tortured introspection and compulsive confessing isn't "thirtysomething" enough for you, Peter "Gary" Horton directs tonight's episode, which features a visit from Miles Drentell (David Clennon), Michael and Elliot's old "thirtysomething" nemesis; Drentell, as icily power-mad as ever, shows up as Rick's new client.

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Specials

The Great American History Quiz: The Presidents (8 p.m. ET/9 PT, History Channel) tests viewer knowledge about POTUSes, past and present. Barbara Sonneborn's Oscar-nominated 1998 documentary Regret to Inform (check local times, PBS) airs as a presentation of "P.O.V." Twenty years after her soldier husband was killed in Vietnam, Sonneborn interviews American and Vietnamese war widows and journeys to Vietnam to try and make sense of the war. The new cable movie The Courage to Love (9 p.m., Lifetime) stars Vanessa Williams and a bewigged Gil Bellows as interracial lovers in old New Orleans.

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Sports

Basketball:

Lakers at Jazz (8 p.m., TBS)

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Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Dyan Cannon, Jeff Bridges

Jay Leno (NBC) Matt Damon, Lorraine Bracco

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Jon Stewart, Mariska Hargitay (rerun)


Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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