Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001


Joyce Millman
January 10, 2001 11:41PM (UTC)

Series

Ed's parents disapprove of his new life on Ed (8 p.m., NBC). The new sitcom Grounded for Life (8:30 p.m., Fox) wastes Donal Logue (that guy from "The Tao of Steve") in a loud, crude show about a blue-collar couple (Logue and Megyn Price) with three kids and assorted live-in relatives. On Fox's new reality series Temptation Island (9 p.m., Fox), four unmarried but committed couples take a vacation in paradise with a bunch of hot singles in thongs and body oil. Will fidelity win out over forbidden fruit? Is this fantasy really a nightmare in disguise? Paging Mr. Roarke ... On a new episode of The West Wing (9 p.m., NBC), Toby is not thrilled over the prospect of meeting with the Senate majority leader's new chief of staff (Felicity Huffman from "Sports Night"). Jack and Jill (9 p.m., WB) returns to the WB lineup in place of "Felicity" (which comes back in the spring). On Law & Order (10 p.m., NBC), the suspect in a multiple slaying wants to represent himself in court. Once and Again (10 p.m., ABC) moves into its new time slot. Lily is unsettled by Rick's reaction when she tells him she might be pregnant.

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Specials

Clearly grappling with the Eminem backlash, MTV caps an ambitious anti-hate crime campaign with the new TV movie Anatomy of a Hate Crime (8 p.m., MTV), dramatizing the brutal murder of gay Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard. Presented without commercials. Great Streets (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) takes a drive down Sunset Boulevard with Randy Newman, who, you may remember, loves Los Angeles. The new TV movie Dodson's Journey (9 p.m., CBS) stars David James Elliott as a soon-to-be-divorced dad who takes his daughter (Alicia Morton) on a cross-country fly-fishing trip. Jazz (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings) continues with a look at the music of the 1920s.

Sports

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Basketball:
Trail Blazers at 76ers (8 p.m., TNT)

Hockey:
Stars at Thrashers (7:30 p.m., ESPN2)
Blues at Mighty Ducks (10:30 p.m., ESPN2)

Talk

Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Richard Simmons
David Letterman (CBS) Dennis Quaid
Jay Leno (NBC) George Clooney, Tracey Ullman
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Eddie Izzard, Orlando Jones
Conan O'Brien (NBC) Jim Gaffigan, Robert Smigel
Craig Kilborn (CBS) Eddie Izzard, John Hiatt

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Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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