Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Wednesday, July 5, 2000

By Joyce Millman
July 5, 2000 11:00PM (UTC)
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Series

On Survivor (8 p.m., CBS), Gervase is in the doghouse after he makes a sexist remark, the immunity challenge involves snakes and Richard goes nude. Martin Scorsese is profiled on The Directors (8 p.m., Encore), which features testimonials from Scorsese fans Jodie Foster, Paul Newman, Ray Liotta and Willem Dafoe. CBS capitalizes on its "Survivor" success by launching another reality series, Big Brother (9 p.m., CBS), in its wake. Ten strangers are basically under house arrest, with omnipresent surveillance cameras and microphones, for three months; every week, viewers vote out one roomie. The last person inside turns out the lights and wins a measly half a million dollars. On The West Wing (9 p.m., NBC), Bartlet seeks input from staffers as he contemplates commuting the death penalty sentence of a man convicted of drug trafficking and murder. Dawson's Creek (9 p.m., WB) repeats the episode where Pacey and Joey's affair is examined from different characters' points of view. Julia Roberts guests with boyfriend Benjamin Bratt on a rerun of Law & Order (10 p.m., NBC).

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Specials

The occasional series Great Streets (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) gives viewers a guided tour of some of the world's most famous thoroughfares. In the first episode, Tony-winning "Kiss Me Kate" star Brian Stokes Mitchell takes us on a stroll along Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.

Sports

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Baseball:
Reds at Cardinals (7 p.m., ESPN)
Diamondbacks at Astros (7:30 p.m., ESPN2)

Tennis:
Wimbledon, men's quarterfinals (10 a.m., NBC; 1 p.m., TNT)

Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Regis Philbin, Scott Wolf (rerun)
David Letterman (CBS) Ellen DeGeneres
Jay Leno (NBC) Matt Damon, Selma Blair, Third Eye Blind
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Dana Carvey, Jerry O'Donnell (rerun)
Conan O'Brien (NBC) John Lithgow, Darrell Hammond (rerun)


Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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