Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Weekend, Aug. 11-13, 2000

By Joyce Millman
Published August 11, 2000 7:19PM (EDT)


In case you missed it last week, head case Ikaika finally quits O-Town on a rerun of Making the Band (9 p.m. Fri., ABC); a new episode follows (9:30 p.m.), in which Lou and the gang scurry to find a replacement. We hear George Michael is available. The new series This Week in History (9 p.m. Fri., History Channel) chronicles the major events that took place on, well, this week in history. It's just like the little feature you read over breakfast in your daily newspaper, except it's an hour long and opposite "Making the Band," so forget it. American Movie Classics unveils its version of "Behind the Music" with the new series Backstory (5:30 p.m. ET/8:30 PT, Sat., American Movie Classics), a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a film classic. First up: Arthur Penn's 1967 groundbreaker "Bonnie and Clyde." The movie immediately follows. Dylan McDermott hosts a repeat of Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m. Sat., NBC) with music from the Foo Fighters. The new reality series G-String Divas (11 p.m. Sat., HBO) follows the adventures of four real-life Pennsylvania strippers. Jordan, call your agent! The Simpsons (8 p.m. Sun., Fox) reruns the one where Bart has a mystical glimpse into the future at a Native American casino. Three words: President Lisa Simpson. Bob Dylan is the subject of a two-hour edition of Biography (8 p.m. Sun., A&E), in which the Bard of Hibbing is scrutinized by scholars and critics. Only slightly less fascinating: "Dallas" is under the microscope on E! True Hollywood Story (9 p.m. Sun., E!). Carrie has a lot of balls in the air (pun intended) as she juggles relationships with Mr. Big and Aidan on Sex and the City (9 p.m. Sun., HBO).


The new TV movie The Thin Blue Lie (8 p.m. Sun., Showtime) is the true story of a Philadelphia newspaper reporter's uncovering of a police corruption scandal that ultimately brought down Mayor Frank Rizzo. Rob Morrow, Randy Quaid and Paul Sorvino star. In the new TV movie Running Mates (8 p.m. Sun., TNT), National Rifle Association booster Tom Selleck plays a fictional Democratic presidential nominee (what's wrong with this picture?) beset by crises of conscience and woman trouble on the eve of the Democratic Convention. Costarring Nancy Travis, Faye Dunaway, Teri Hatcher and Laura Linney. Can't wait until the fall to watch Geena Davis flop in her new sitcom? Then watch her flop this weekend in the big-budget 1995 pirate stinker Cutthroat Island (8:30 p.m. Sun., NBC). Discovery Channel kicks off Shark Week 2000 with Sharks 3-D (9 p.m. Sun., Discovery), a too-close and personal look at the dull-eyed swimming machines of death.


Dodgers at Braves (7:35 p.m. Fri., TBS; 1 p.m. Sat., Fox; 1 p.m. Sun., TBS)
Giants at Mets (7 p.m. Sat., FX)
Reds at Cubs (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN)
Yankees at Angels (8 p.m. Sun., ESPN2)

Exhibition football:
Giants at Jaguars (8 p.m. Fri., CBS)
Bills at Lions (8:30 p.m. Sat., ESPN)
Packers at Broncos (4 p.m. Sun., Fox)


Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Teri Hatcher, John C. Reilly (rerun)
David Letterman (CBS) Vince Vaughn, the Eels
Jay Leno (NBC) Hillary Rodham Clinton, Maria Bello, Victoria Williams
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Spike Lee, Steve Harvey
Conan O'Brien (NBC) John Waters, De La Soul and Redman
Craig Kilborn (CBS) Catherine Bell

Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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