Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, June 2-4, 2000

Published June 2, 2000 6:58PM (EDT)


Princess Margaret of England is the subject of a new Biography (8 p.m. Fri., A&E). On Making the Band (9 p.m., ABC), the boys scrutinize the fine print of their record contracts and one finalist quits. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform in a smokin' San Francisco concert on In the Spotlight (check local times this weekend, PBS). Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda continue their respective searches for Mr. Right (or at least Mr. Tolerable) as Sex and the City (9 p.m. Sun., HBO) begins its third season. In the opener, Carrie has a fling with a politician, while Sam bags a firefighter. The Go-Go's get the "they were riding a wave of success, but the sharks were circling" treatment on a new Behind the Music (9 p.m. Sun., VH1). Arliss (9:30 p.m. Sun., HBO) opens its fifth season with the sports agent trying to get a troubled former baseball star into the hall of fame. Dave Winfield, Rollie Fingers and Ernie Banks have cameos. Hollywood Off-Ramp (10 p.m. Sun., E!), the first fictional series from E!, is a comic anthology of cautionary tales about life in Tinseltown. Cautionary tale number one: Never tell Joan Rivers you bought your gown off the rack at Loehmann's.


The documentary Our House (check local times, Fri., PBS) profiles five diverse families with gay parents. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (8 p.m. ET/ 7 PT, Sun., TBS) makes its cable network debut. Mini Me's not around in Mike Myers' 1997 Spoof That Started It All, but in his absence, behold the wonder that is Mr. Bigglesworth. The new cable movie Harlan County War (8 p.m. Sun., Showtime) stars Holly Hunter as the wife of a Kentucky coal miner (Ted Levine) who becomes radicalized by a union organizer (Stellan Skarsgard) and takes to the picket line for a long, bloody strike. If this all sounds familiar, it was inspired by the same real-life incidents that formed the basis for Barbara Kopple's groundbreaking 1976 documentary "Harlan County, U.S.A." Rosie O'Donnell hosts the 2000 Tony Awards (9 p.m. Sun., CBS), which features razzle-dazzle musical numbers from nominees "The Music Man," "Kiss Me, Kate" and "Jesus Christ Superstar." The coverage begins at 8 p.m. on PBS, then Rosie takes over. The documentary The Quest for the Giant Squid (9 p.m. Sun., Discovery) chronicles a 1999 expedition by a team from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, which plumbed the depths off the coast of New Zealand in hopes of glimpsing the colossal beast that no one has ever seen alive. The original "Survivor" returns in a three-hour Gilligan's Island Marathon (9 p.m. Sun., Nickelodeon).



Yankees at Braves (7:35 p.m. Fri., TBS; 4 p.m. Sat., Fox)

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

Diamondbacks at Rangers (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

NBA playoffs:

Pacers at Knicks, Eastern Conference Finals, Game 6 (7 p.m. Fri., NBC)

Lakers at Trail Blazers, Western Conference Finals, Game 6 (9:30 p.m. Fri., NBC)

Stanley Cup finals:

Devils at Stars, Game 3 (8 p.m. Sat., ABC)


Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Richard Simmons, Patricia Heaton

David Letterman (CBS) Jennifer Lopez, Ira Glass (rerun)

Jay Leno (NBC) Courteney Cox Arquette (rerun)

Politically Incorrect (ABC) Dana Carvey, Amy Ephron (rerun)

Conan O'Brien (NBC) John Lithgow, Aimee Mann (rerun)

By Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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