Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, Aug. 4-6, 2000

By Joyce Millman
Published August 4, 2000 5:47PM (EDT)


The Queen Mother, 100-year-old Windsor matriarch, gets something even better than a kiss from Willard Scott -- a new Biography (8 p.m. Fri., A&E) profile. Somebody quits O-Town on Making the Band (9:30 p.m. Fri., ABC), but he's probably just being a drama queen again. Newlywed Jennifer Aniston spoofs hubby Brad Pitt's "Fight Club" on a rerun of Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC), with music from Sting. The new series The Museum of Television and Radio: Influences (7:30 p.m. ET/ 8:30 PT, Sun., Bravo) looks at the careers of current TV heavyweights, who also talk about performers who influenced their work. First up: Tracey Ullman and Ted Danson. King of the Hill (7:30 p.m. Sun., Fox) repeats the one where Peggy's oversized feet finally get some respect -- from a fetishist. E! True Hollywood Story (9 p.m. Sun., E!) uncovers the sordid backstage truth about (gasp) "Eight is Enough." Lucille Ball would have been 89 on Aug. 6; celebrate with a nine-hour I Love Lucy Marathon (9 p.m. Sun., Nickelodeon), featuring a lineup of episodes chosen by viewer vote. Vitameatavegamin! Let us now consider Keith Olbermann. He left ESPN because he wanted to be taken seriously. He went to MSNBC to do a news show, but when he found out that "news" really meant "blowhards screaming at each other about impeaching Bill Clinton," he started to get nostalgic for the comparatively stimulating political discourse of scores and stats. So off he went to Fox Sports, where he was put in charge of its godawful nightly sports report. Now he changes jobs yet again; his Keith Olbermann Evening News (10 p.m. Sun., Fox Sports) is a live Sunday night blend of scores, interviews and commentary. Olbermann is the producer of the show which means one of two things: He'll finally be doing what he wants to do or he'll have to fire himself.


Comedian Dave Chappelle does stand-up from his hometown of Washington, D.C., in the special Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly (11 p.m. Sat., HBO). The new TV movie Deliberate Intent (8 p.m. Sun., FX) -- FX's first original TV movie -- is the true story of a legal battle to hold the publisher of a how-to murder manual responsible for a triple homicide. Timothy Hutton, Ron Rifkin, Clark Johnson and James McDaniel star. Anne Heche plays a Marine Corps captain accused of murdering her superior officer (who was also her lover) in the new cable movie One Kill (8 p.m. Sun., Showtime) with Sam Shepard and Eric Stoltz. The two-hour documentary When Animals Talk (8 p.m. Sun., A&E) looks at the languages of various animals and how researchers are using those languages to communicate with chimpanzees, dogs and other animals. And when animals talk, what do they say? "For the love of God, don't make me watch 'Big Brother' again!"


Braves at Cardinals (8:05 p.m. Fri., TBS; 8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)
Cubs at Padres or regional (4 p.m. Sat., Fox)
Mets at Diamondbacks (10 p.m. Sat., FX)

Exhibition football:
Falcons vs. Cowboys (10 p.m. Sat., ESPN)


Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Matt Lauer, Stephen Baldwin (rerun)
David Letterman (CBS) Steve Harvey, Todd Rundgren
Jay Leno (NBC) David Spade, Piper Perabo, No Doubt
Conan O'Brien (NBC) Dana Carvey, Jason Gedrick (rerun)

Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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