Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-29, 2000


Joyce Millman
May 26, 2000 10:18PM (UTC)

Series

ABC is relaunching the reality series Making the Band (9 p.m. Fri., ABC), about the creation of the next Backstreet Boys, with an hour-long recap episode. The Simpsons (8 p.m. Sun., Fox) reruns the one where Ned's wife meets an unfortunate end. The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun., Fox) goes back to the beginning of last season for a rerun that finds Mulder in a padded cell and Scully pondering an alien artifact on the Ivory Coast. Sex and the City (9 p.m. Sun., HBO) prepares for next Sunday's third season premiere with reruns of the final two episodes from last season, and they're beauties -- the four friends learn never to trust a woman under 30, and Carrie finally lets Big go. Henry Winkler plays a mild-mannered dentist with a kinky secret on a rerun of The Practice (10 p.m. Sun., ABC). Doug and Carrie get into online investing in a hilarious rerun of The King of Queens (8:30 p.m. Mon., CBS). Everybody Loves Raymond (9 p.m. Mon., CBS) repeats the one where Robert gets gored by a bull. The life of Ronald Reagan is chronicled in a two-part rerun of The American Experience (check local times, Mon., PBS).

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Specials

'N Sync's Justin Timberlake hosts Teen People's 25 Hottest Stars Under 25 (8 p.m. Fri., ABC) featuring Britney, Jennifer Love and all the usual suspects. Woody Allen has a new movie and it's not in theaters; it's a straight-to-Cinemax stinker called Picking Up the Pieces (8 p.m. Fri., Cinemax) and it was directed by Alfonso Arau ("Like Water for Chocolate"). Woody plays a butcher who hacks up his wife (Sharon Stone) and buries her in the New Mexico desert; her hand is later found and said to possess the power to enlarge the penises of those who believe. David Schwimmer and "Il Postino" actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta co-star. Steve Kmetko gets a paid vacation to the French Riviera in E! Goes to Cannes (8 p.m. Sat., E!). The new cable movie Dirty Pictures (9 p.m. Sat., Showtime) dramatizes the controversy over the 1990 exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe's photos at Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center. James Woods plays museum director Dennis Barrie, who was indicted on obscenity charges and went to court to uphold freedom of expression. Trisha Yearwood, B.B. King and Ossie Davis are among the performers in the National Memorial Day Concert (check local times, Sun., PBS). Armand Assante and Rachel Ward star in the new cable movie On the Beach (8 p.m. Sun., Showtime), an update of Nevil Shute's Cold War novel (which was made into a movie starring Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner in 1959) about a small group of nuclear war survivors in Australia awaiting the arrival of the radioactive cloud that will bring them certain death. Elle Macpherson and Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath host the World Music Awards (8 p.m. Mon., ABC), a Monte Carlo cheesefest with appearances by Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, Lou Bega, Roxette, the Goo Goo Dolls and, accepting a lifetime achievement award, Michael Jackson.

Sports

Baseball:

Braves at Astros (8 p.m. Fri., TBS)

Red Sox at Yankees (1 p.m. Sat., Fox; 8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

Mets at Cardinals (8 p.m. Sat., FX)

A's at Yankees (1 p.m. Mon., ESPN2)

Braves at Cubs (4 p.m. Mon., TBS)

Cardinals at Diamondbacks (4 p.m. Mon., ESPN2)

Astros at Rockies (4 p.m. Mon., ESPN)

Rangers at Giants (7 p.m. Mon., ESPN)

Mets at Dodgers (7 p.m. Mon., ESPN2)

NHL Playoffs:

Devils at Flyers, Eastern Conference Finals, Game 7 (7 p.m. Fri., ESPN)

NBA Playoffs:

Lakers at Trail Blazers, Western Conference Finals, Game 3 (9 p.m. Fri., NBC), Game 4 (3:30 p.m. Sun., NBC)

Pacers at Knicks, Eastern Conference Finals, Game 3 (3:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), Game 4 (5:30 p.m. Mon., NBC)

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Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Vince Vaughn

David Letterman (CBS) Dan Patrick, Owen Wilson, B.B. King

Jay Leno (NBC) Martin Lawrence, the B-52s

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Diane von Furstenberg

Conan O'Brien (NBC) Andy Richter's last show


Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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