Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Monday, Jan. 8, 2001

Published January 8, 2001 6:39PM (EST)


Antiques Roadshow (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) opens a new season of pondering the trash/treasure dichotomy with a stop in St. Louis. On The King of Queens (8 p.m., CBS), Doug and Carrie try to blow off an inconvenient engagement, and Arthur and Spence pretend to be father and son to take advantage of a shoe sale. An armed teen holds hostages inside the school on Boston Public (9 p.m., Fox). Because there isn't enough school violence in real life ... Also, on Ally McBeal (9 p.m., Fox), David E. Kelley returns to one of his favorite plot devices -- using Tourette's syndrome to get laughs. He's done it before on "L.A. Law" and "Chicago Hope," but that doesn't make it any more palatable. Anne Heche begins a multiepisode stint as a cursing, tic-ing murder defendant. On Everybody Loves Raymond (9 p.m., CBS), Ray sits idly by while Debra chokes, then tries to regain her respect by performing feats of manhood. The popular British comedy Cold Feet (10 p.m., Bravo) begins a weekly run. Helen Baxendale and John Nesbitt star in this enormously likable tale of three couples at various stages of their relationships. Nightline (11:35 p.m., ABC) begins a five-night review of the Clinton years. In a bit of network bipartisanship, the episodes will be edited down into a two-hour package and shown on PBS's "Frontline" next week.


Britney Spears and LL Cool J host the American Music Awards (8 p.m., ABC). Performers include Spears, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marilyn Manson, 3 Doors Down and lifetime achievement award honoree Aerosmith. Ken Burns' 10-part, 18-hour documentary series Jazz (9 p.m., PBS, check local times) opens with a look at the music's roots. Wynton Marsalis, Gary Giddins and Stanley Crouch are among the interviewees.


Penguins at Capitols (7 p.m., ESPN2)


Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Laura Linney, David James Elliott
David Letterman (CBS) Sarah Jessica Parker, Jamie Bell
Jay Leno (NBC) Dennis Franz, Van Morrison
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Harland Williams, Garcelle Beauvais
Conan O'Brien (NBC) Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper (rerun)

All times Eastern unless noted.

By Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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