Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000

Published February 2, 2000 5:00PM (EST)


American Masters (check local times, PBS) has a new profile of Sidney Poitier, directed and narrated by Lee Grant. On Roswell (9 p.m., WB), an alien hunter claims to know what really happened the night the sheriff's father was killed. The West Wing (9 p.m., NBC) reruns the one where Leo's wife walks out on him in the midst of a crisis over passage of a gun-ban bill.

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On Thin Ice: The Dark Side of Skating (8 p.m., Fox) looks at the downside of chasing the dream. Personally, I think we saw the dark side of skating last week during the World Professional Figure Skating competition, when some of the male skaters dragged out more props than Gallagher in their quest for ever-cheesier flash. France's studly Philippe Candeloro donned a kilt and blue war paint and acted out the entire plot of "Braveheart," right down to mimed beheading; he finished second, behind Russia's Alexei Urmanov, who skated a ridiculous routine to music from "Phantom of the Opera" in which he waved a magician's wand and wore a 20-foot-long red cape and a huge feathered turban that looked like something he picked up for a quarter at Cher's yard sale. As one of the commentators noted, you know something weird is happening when Rudy Galindo's is the tamest presentation on the ice. Culture Shock (check local times, PBS) concludes with back-to-back episodes on movie censorship in the 1930s and jazz's arrival in the '20s. The ABC News special Searching for the Promised Land (10 p.m., ABC) chronicles the last days of Martin Luther King Jr. The Daily Show (11 p.m., Comedy Central) finds the humor in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.

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Devils at Rangers (7:30 p.m., ESPN2)

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Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Chevy Chase, Oliver Platt

Jay Leno (NBC) Kelsey Grammer, Amy Brenneman

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Valerie Harper, David Brenner

Conan O'Brien (NBC) David Arquette, S. Epatha Merkerson

By Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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