Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, June 16-18, 2000

By Joyce Millman

Published June 16, 2000 6:15PM (EDT)


The five members of O-Town are finally chosen on Making the Band (9:30 p.m. Fri., ABC). Christopher Walken hosts a rerun of Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), with Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Folds Five. Mel Gibson guests as himself on a rerun of The Simpsons (8 p.m. Sun., Fox), in which Homer suggests changes in Gibson's latest action feature and ends up on the payroll. Sun Records founder Sam Phillips -- the man who first recorded Elvis Presley -- is the subject of a new two-hour Biography (8 p.m. Sun., A&E), which features material from Elvis scholar Peter Guralnick. The X-Files (9 p.m. Sun., Fox) reruns the episode where Cancer Man persuades Scully to take a little trip with him in exchange for an alien disc containing the cure for all disease. What follows is a strange, Hitchcockian interlude -- the scene where he buys Scully a sexy cocktail dress and insists she wear it at dinner is pure "Vertigo." And did he tuck her into bed without her knowledge? Carrie learns that Mr. Big and supermodel Natasha have tied the knot in Sex and the City (9 p.m. Sun., HBO). AC/DC's highway to hell and back is chronicled on a new Behind the Music (9 p.m. Sun., VH1). The new sitcom Strip Mall (10:30 p.m. Sun., Comedy Central) premieres. Julie Brown stars as a former child star with a salacious past who now works as a waitress in a sleazy strip mall bar. Victoria Jackson and Maxwell Caulfield are among her costars.


A rerun of Rock 'n' Roll Forever: Ed Sullivan's Greatest Hits (9 p.m. Fri., CBS) features clips of performances by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, the Jackson 5 and other really big guests. Heather Matarazzo endeared herself to millions (OK, thousands) in Todd Solondz's 1996 indie hit Welcome to the Dollhouse (9 p.m. Fri., Bravo). Latino performers of note are honored in the 2000 ALMA Awards (9 p.m. Sat., ABC), which features numbers by Jose Feliciano (who gets a lifetime achievement award), Christina Aguilera, Los Lobos and Beck (huh?). Jimmy Smits, Jennifer Lopez and Antonio Banderas also appear. The new cable movie Out of Time (8 p.m. Sun., Showtime) stars James McDaniel ("NYPD Blue") as a Vietnam vet who sips from an enchanted spring in 1980 and falls asleep like Rip van Winkle. When he awakens after 20 years, he finds that his wife (Mel Harris) gave him up for dead and the world looks a lot different. McDaniel's old "NYPD Blue" colleague, David Caruso, turns up in the new cable movie Deadlocked (8 p.m. Sun., TNT). Caruso plays a prosecutor who agrees to reexamine the case against a murder suspect after the suspect's father (Charles S. Dutton) holds the courtroom hostage.


Braves at Phillies (7:30 p.m. Fri., 1:30 p.m. Sun., TBS)
College World Series championship game (2:30 p.m. Sat., CBS)
Cardinals at Dodgers (4 p.m. Sat., Fox; 8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)
Diamondbacks at Rockies (8 p.m. Sat., FX)

NBA finals:
Lakers at Pacers, Game 5 (9 p.m. Fri., NBC)


Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Kathy Griffin, Barry Williams
David Letterman (CBS) Stupid Pet Tricks, Jimmy Kimmel, Billy Bragg and Wilco
Jay Leno (NBC) Samuel L. Jackson, Chyna, Creed
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Jimmy Jam, Pauly Shore
Conan O'Brien (NBC) Patrick Stewart, Julie Brown

Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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