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What To Watch

From the movie ‘Running Mates’ to the Second Annual Family Television Awards, a guide to notable programs during the week of August 11, 2000

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Monday August 7

VANISHED: OBJECT OF DESIRE
This ABC News special focuses on the fear that spread across Midwestern news stations when Mason City, Iowa, anchorwoman Jodi Huisentruit was abducted five years ago on her way to work. This unsettling yet glib chronicle of Huisentruit’s rapid ascent to local area celebrity (the police believe it was her high-profile personality that led an obsessed viewer to target her) serves as a creepy reminder of the ever pervasive downside of fame. B-
Allyssa Lee

Tuesday August 8

BEGGARS AND CHOOSERS
Showtime’s best original series (for whatever that’s worth) picks up tonight with a good ol’ fashioned whodunit. When Lori becomes obsessed with unmasking a spy responsible for leaking LGT programming info, she hires none other than Ponch himself, Erik Estrada (who has found post CHiPs bliss as a private security professional), to sort out the mess in a deliciously hokey sendup. Now, can’t we do something for poor Larry Wilcox? B+

Wednesday August 9

LIVE THROUGH THIS
You’d figure a drama on an aging pop band’s reunion would focus on the dramatic tension within a group of jaded, past their prime rockers. This being MTV (as opposed to older skewing sister station VH1), however, it’s the band members’ hot to trot kids that command center stage. The end result is a barrage of expertly coiffed youngsters salivating over one another while the ‘rents are relegated to belting out some generic adult contemporary rock you won’t be seeing on TRL anytime soon. C+

Thursday August 10

THE 2ND ANNUAL FAMILY TELEVISION AWARDS
Get your goody two shoes on as country songstress Reba McEntire hosts this special honoring the finest in family-themed programming.

Friday August 11

HENRY ROLLINS: LIVE AND RIPPED IN LONDON
Meet your newest stand-up comedy sensation, America: Henry Rollins! The punk legend and all around hard ass stars in his first TV special, filmed during last year’s spoken word tour. Rollins’ machine gun delivery storytelling style can be overwhelming at times, but the newest contender for the Seinfeld throne does manage to deliver some amusing bits on witnessing a Thai sex show and performing his very first nude scene. Not only that, but the noted weight lifting aficionado actually keeps his shirt on for once. B

Saturday August 12

BACKSTORY: BONNIE AND CLYDE
The cable channel’s new documentary series, a sort of cinematic Biography, shoots blanks with a peek at the backstage battles on director Arthur Penn’s vastly overrated 1967 New Wave crime drama Bonnie and Clyde. Despite boasting interviews with stars Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Gene Hackman, this Backstory will feel awfully familiar to readers of the superior film history book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, by Peter Biskind, whose penetrating insights are used much too sparingly here. B-
Bruce Fretts

Sunday August 13

RUNNING MATES
On the eve of the Democratic convention at L.A.’s Staples Center, here’s a TV movie about … a Democratic convention at L.A.’s Staples Center. The joke is that the liberal presidential candidate is played by NRA poster boy Tom Selleck. If only Running Mates could decide whether it’s a satire, a soapbox, or a soap opera, as it surrounds Selleck’s governor with past and present bedmates played by Nancy Travis, Laura Linney, Teri Hatcher, and Faye Dunaway. As usual, the Magnum P.I. star underacts, but he’s more than offset by Dunaway, whose garish emoting makes her work in Mommie Dearest look almost subtle. C

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