Archive for Wednesday, June 6, 2001

PBS revives ‘Don Quixote’

June 6, 2001


There are some great classic movies from the 1970s. In that vein, "Great Performances" presents the 1973 film version of the ballet "Don Quixote" (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) featuring dancing legend Rudolf Nureyev.

Although the New York Times called it "an exciting, intelligently conceived spectacle" at the time, the film fell into obscurity.

This new restored print provides viewers with the first time to see "Don Quixote" in nearly 30 years.

l "Deadline Discovery" (9 p.m., Discovery) commemorates the 57th anniversary of D-Day with a broadcast of an excursion of nautical archeologists as they discover underwater wreckage from the D-Day invasion.

Other D-Day related programming includes "The Longest Day" (9 p.m., AMC), the star studded 1962 recreation of the Normandy invasion featuring John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda, Sean Connery and too many to list here.

l VH1 will broadcast live footage of Aerosmith's concert from Hartford, Conn., beginning at 8 p.m. The venerable rockers are kicking off a world tour to promote their album "Just Push Play." Diehard fans can also see "Aerosmith's Greatest TV Moments" (7 p.m., VH1).

Tonight's other highlights

l Think you've seen the last of "Ladies Man" (CBS)? No such luck. CBS recycles back-to-back episodes of the 1999 sitcom. An anniversary dredges up bad memories (7 p.m.), and renovation woes (7:30 p.m.).

l Preparing for the State of the Union address on a repeat of "The West Wing" (7 p.m., NBC).

l A compulsive shopper (Jaclyn Smith) turns homicidal in the 1997 TV movie "Before He Wakes" (8 p.m., CBS).

l NBA finals air (8 p.m., NBC).

l Think you've heard the last detail about Princess Diana's death? No such luck. Mohammed Al Fayed offers $1 million for evidence about the death of Princess Diana and his son, Doty, on "Million Dollar Mysteries" (8 p.m., Fox).

l The disappearance of a Peace Corps volunteer on "Vanished" (9 p.m., ABC).

Cult choice

l Sam Waterston stars in the gripping 1984 drama "The Killing Fields" (7 p.m., Encore) as an American reporter covering the Cambodian genocide of the mid-1970s.

Series notes

l All are repeats ... Hal regrets dreams unfulfilled on "Malcolm in the Middle" (7 p.m., Fox) ... Drew Carey hosts back-to-back episodes of "Whose Line is it Anyway?" (7 p.m., ABC) ... On back-to-back episodes of "Star Trek: Voyager" (UPN), a space race (7 p.m.), and Torres is with child (8 p.m.) ... Dawson falls for Pacey's sister on "Dawson's Creek" (7 p.m., WB) ... Amusement park woes on "Grounded For Life" (7:30 p.m., Fox).

Drew's date sees him as Daddy material on "The Drew Carey Show" (8 p.m., ABC) ... Piper schemes a secret ceremony on "Charmed" (8 p.m., WB) ... The mayor gets caught parking in the handicapped spot on "Spin City" (8:30 p.m., ABC).

Late night

l All are new ... Jimmy Fallon and Black Crowes are scheduled on "Late Show With David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Kirsten Dunst, Guy Torry and Ben Harper are Jay Leno's guests on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC, may be delayed due to basketball).

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