Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Thursday, June 22, 2000

By Joyce Millman

Published June 22, 2000 6:58PM (EDT)


Boxing legend Joe Louis is profiled on a new Biography (8 p.m., A&E). Friends (8 p.m., NBC) reruns the Thanksgiving episode where Chandler learns why Monica's parents hate him. Steven Bochco's courtroom drama Murder One (9 p.m., A&E), which ran on ABC from 1995 to '97, goes into cable reruns for the first time. "Murder One" caused a stir when it premiered soon after the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. The series followed one sensational L.A. murder case, in which a powerful pillar of the community (the riveting Stanley Tucci) and a hard-living young actor (Jason Gedrick) are the prime suspects in the murder of a teenage party girl. Bochco took a risk when he cast Daniel Benzali -- a Kojak look-alike -- as his leading man, glamorous defense attorney Teddy Hoffman. After a long season and a half of Benzali's expressionless mumbling, it was clear the risk wouldn't pay off, and Anthony LaPaglia was brought in to juice up the rest of the run. A&E's reruns include an episode that never aired on ABC. 48 Hours (10 p.m., CBS) presents "Class of 2000: Great Expectations," the last in a series of reports following five teens through their high school years. Spinal Tap reunites for a special one-hour episode of The List (10 p.m., VH1), the nightly show where celebrities debate their choices for best songs, videos, singers and bands of all time. Plagued throughout their career by bad luck involving drummers (you may remember that one of their rhythm men choked on vomit -- unfortunately, not his own), David, Nigel and Derek are joined by fill-in drummer Mick Fleetwood for this comeback gig. Tap's former record company publicist Bobbi Fleckman was gracious enough to moderate the discussion. The show also features the world premiere of the new Spinal Tap video. Hopefully, the volume button on your TV goes to 11.


Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Rene Russo, k.d. lang
David Letterman (CBS) Samuel L. Jackson
Jay Leno (NBC) Jim Carrey, k.d. lang
Politically Incorrect (ABC) John Singleton, Cedric the Entertainer
Conan O'Brien (NBC) Keenan Ivory Wayans

Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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