Blue Glow

Salon's TV picks for Monday, Aug. 6, 2001

Published August 6, 2001 5:56PM (EDT)


Fear Factor (8 p.m., NBC) ends its run by making contestants eat the parts of a pig nobody wants to eat. Of course the show has been renewed for next season. Everybody Loves Raymond (9 p.m., CBS) reruns the one in which Robert screws things up with Amy by telling her he's seeing his ex-wife. On a rerun of Angel (9 p.m., WB), Angel discovers a Wolfram & Hart connection to a shelter for runaway teens. The new reality series Flipped (10:30 p.m., MTV) is a variation on "Freaky Friday" -- people of disparate backgrounds step into one another's lives for a day.


The relaunch of CNN's Headline News (6 a.m. ET/3 a.m. PT, CNN Headline News) aims to breathe some cool into Cable News Network's version of "Short Attention Span Theater." Producers promise a new set, new faces and more info bits crammed onto the screen. Oh, and former "NYPD Blue" actress Andrea Thompson makes her debut as prime-time co-anchor. As if anyone could erase the glorious memory of retired "Headline News" anchor-diva Lynne Russell. Now that you've seen TNT's "James Dean" TV movie, Turner Classic Movies has the real rebel in a James Dean Marathon. It consists of the 1957 documentary The James Dean Story (8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/5 p.m. and midnight PT, TCM) (directed by Robert Altman), Rebel Without a Cause (9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT, TCM) and Giant (1 a.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT, TCM). New York Times Magazine writer Michael Lewis' book Next: The Future Just Happened (9 p.m., A&E), about how personal computers and the Internet have changed the world, becomes a four-hour documentary. The joint A&E-BBC production tells stories from the new technology, including the sagas of teenage Wall Street whiz Jonathan Lebed, who played the market from his bedroom computer, and Monica Lewinsky, whose private e-mails were not so private. Concludes Tuesday. The five-part report From the Waist Down: Men, Women and Music (10 p.m., VH1) chronicles pop music's effect on sexual mores since the birth of rock. The first part looks at dance as an expression of sexuality, from Elvis to Madonna. Episodes air through Friday.


Rosie O'Donnell (syndicated) Donny Osmond (rerun)
David Letterman (CBS) Ellen DeGeneres (rerun)
Jay Leno (NBC) Venus and Serena Williams, Charlize Theron
Politically Incorrect (ABC) Anne Hathaway
Craig Kilborn (CBS) Tim Roth

All times Eastern unless noted.

By Joyce Millman

Joyce Millman is a writer living in the Bay Area.

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