Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Monday, Aug. 7, 2000


Joyce Millman
August 7, 2000 11:00PM (UTC)

Series

Biography (8 p.m., A&E) has a new profile of Tammy Faye Bakker. Don't know who she is, kids? Well, before "Big Brother," there was "The PTL Club," the original dysfunctional chuckleheads on parade reality series, with the added fun of yahoo evangelism. Tammy Faye was Brittany. Ray and Debra present "Rashomon"-like conflicting versions of their "can opener fight" on a rerun of Everybody Loves Raymond (9 p.m., CBS). Danny Glover hosts the new series Courage (9 p.m., Fox Family), which profiles real people who've overcome adversity or performed acts of heroism. The West Wing (10 p.m., NBC) pops up with a bonus episode this week, a rerun of the pilot. It features an unforgettable last-act entrance from Martin Sheen's President Bartlet, who tells off some strident pro-lifers in no uncertain terms.

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Specials

First Lady Abigail Bartlet -- I mean, Stockard Channing -- stars in the new cable movie The Truth About Jane (9 p.m., Lifetime), about a mother struggling to accept her teenage daughter's lesbianism. RuPaul has a supporting role. But then, doesn't RuPaul have a supporting role in every TV movie about mothers struggling to accept their kids' coming out?

Sports

Baseball:
Braves at Reds (7:30 p.m., TBS)

Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) James Van Der Beek, Robin Williams (rerun)
David Letterman (CBS) Tom Selleck, Jordan from "Big Brother"
Jay Leno (NBC) Keanu Reeves, Venus Williams
Politically Incorrect (ABC) John Waters, Patricia Hearst

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