Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Monday, June 12, 2000


Joyce Millman
June 12, 2000 11:04PM (UTC)

Series

Sally Field is in the spotlight on a new Biography (8 p.m., A&E). On a rerun of The King of Queens (8 p.m., CBS), Doug and Carrie flash back to their first meeting, when he was a bouncer at a club and she was Richie's date. Ally McBeal (9 p.m., Fox) reruns the one where Ally and Ling kiss. Ray has to undo his daughter's bad "Hakidu" (read: Pokimon) trade on a rerun of Everybody Loves Raymond (9 p.m., CBS). Paul "Pee Wee Herman" Reubens has a sterling guest role as a surly clerk at a comic book store. On a rerun of Once & Again (10 p.m., ABC), Lily's visiting parents invite Jake to Thanksgiving dinner. Investigative Reports (10 p.m., A&E) scrutinizes Alcoholics Anonymous -- its history, its methods and whether or not it works.

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Specials

The fascinating British reality series The 1900 House (check local times, PBS) debuts. This four-week series chronicles the adventures of a modern British family, the Bowlers, who agreed to live for three months in a restored London Victorian home (with cameras at every turn). The catch? They have to live as a middle-class British family would in 1900 -- no electricity, no modern household conveniences, only food that would have been available back then, no indoor toilet, etc. It's utterly fascinating and, yes, educational. The laundry day episode, when Mrs. Bowler and her daughters have to do all the wash by hand and it takes them 12 hours, is as harrowing as the bug-eating scene in "Survivor."

Sports

Baseball:
Braves at Pirates (7 p.m., TBS)

WNBA basketball:
Starzz at Comets (8 p.m., ESPN)

Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Julia Roberts (rerun)
David Letterman (CBS) Jimmy Connors
Jay Leno (NBC) Lucy Liu
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Dennis Miller, Simon LeBon
Conan O'Brien (NBC) William H. Macy, D.L. Hughley (rerun)

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Joyce Millman

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