Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for the weekend of June 9-11, 2000


Joyce Millman
June 9, 2000 11:02PM (UTC)

Series

The new sci-fi series The Invisible Man (8 p.m. Fri. ET/7 PT, Sci-Fi Channel) stars Vincent Ventresca as a petty thief who can become invisible, thereby being of use to a shadowy government agency. Former President Gerald Ford is the subject of a new Biography (8 p.m. Fri., A&E). In back-to-back episodes of Making the Band (9 p.m. Fri., ABC), someone quits, leaving a void that can't be filled -- well, for an hour or so. CBS is rerunning the "Donnie Brasco"-inspired drama Falcone (10 p.m. Sat., CBS), which aired in the spring, to dismal ratings. Jason Gedrick plays an FBI agent, deep undercover within a Mafia family, who gets overly chummy with a sympathetic gangster (Titus Welliver). The mob stuff is pretty tame compared to what we've seen on "The Sopranos," and if you were a fan of the legendary CBS drama "Wiseguy," you'll be screaming, "Rip-off!" every other scene. Still, Welliver is one of those amazing TV actors who raise the level of everything they're in. The Simpsons (8 p.m. Sun., Fox) repeats the one where fame goes to Homer's head after he bowls a perfect game. On Sex and the City (9 p.m. Sun., HBO), Carrie's affair with the politician takes a kinky turn -- but does that surprise you? Behind the Music (9 p.m. Sun., VH1) is livin' on a prayer with a profile of big-haired New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi.

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Specials

The documentary Are We There Yet? America on Vacation (9 p.m. Fri., History Channel) looks at some classic American family vacation spots. Look, kids, it's the world's biggest burning tire dump! Matthew Broderick narrates. The four-part miniseries Gormenghast (8:30 p.m. Sat., BBC America) is an adaptation of Mervyn Peake's fantastical novel about the life of a young British earl surrounded by treachery and decadence. Ian Richardson, Stephen Fry and Zoe Wanamaker are among the stars. The host of "Politically Incorrect" goes solo for the stand-up special Bill Maher: Be More Cynical (11 p.m. Sat., HBO). The relationship between humans and equines is explored in the documentary In the Company of Horses (8 p.m. Sun., A&E). A gigantic sinkhole threatens to swallow New Orleans on the eve of Mardi Gras (and only rugged geologist John Corbett can stop it!) in the new cable disaster movie On Hostile Ground (8 p.m. ET/ 7 PT, Sun., TBS).

Sports

Baseball:
Red Sox at Braves (7:35 p.m. Fri., 7:05 p.m. Sat., TBS)
Mets at Yankees (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)

NBA finals:
Pacers vs. Lakers (Game 2, 9 p.m. Fri., NBC; Game 3, 7:30 p.m. Sun., NBC)

Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Kelsey Grammer, Sinéad O'Connor
David Letterman (CBS) Martin Lawrence, Sinéad O'Connor
Jay Leno (NBC) Keenan Ivory Wayans, Heather Donahue
Dennis Miller (HBO) Jon Stewart
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Dweezil Zappa, Laila Ali

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Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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