Pick of The Week
WORLD CUP SOCCER
Wednesday, June 10
(ESPN, ABC, ESPN2)
TV highlights for the week of June 6-12. All times are Eastern; check local listings.
French Open (NBC, 3-6 p.m.): Top seed Martina Hingis is on course to accomplish a chronological Grand Slam. That was predictable. But in the men's draw the unpredictable happened again. No. 12 Carlos Moya is the highest remaining seed. Women's final today, men's tomorrow.
NBA Finals (NBC, 7:30-10 p.m.): The competition continues with Game 3 of the championship finals between the Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls.
Robert F. Kennedy: A Memoir (Discovery, 8-11 p.m.): This three-hour documentary traces the extraordinary political journey of Robert Kennedy. It's glossy at times, but there is never a dull moment. Glenn Close narrates the first hour, followed by Mario Cuomo and Ving Rhames.
Broadway '98: Launching the Tony Awards (PBS, 8-9 p.m.): Don't have a ticket to the Tonys? Then tune into PBS's coverage of the 52nd annual event from Radio City Music Hall. The one-hour special features live presentation of 10 awards, and interviews with Tony nominees. CBS will continue coverage of the Tony Awards from 9-11 p.m. When Rosie O'Donnell hosted the Tonys last year, ratings hit a 10-year high. CBS is hoping to score again as the personable O'Donnell returns. Angela Lansbury, Nathan Lane, and Helen Hunt are scheduled to present awards. (TV-PG)
CNN Newsstand (CNN, 10-11 p.m.): CNN pairs up with three magazines - Time, Fortune, and Entertainment Weekly - to bring a new format of current issues, financial news and entertainment news into your living room. The series kicks off with CNN and Time, hosted by Jeff Greenfield and Bernard Shaw, airing weekly Sunday and Monday. "Fortune" will air every Wednesday; "Entertainment Weekly" every Thursday.
Invasion America (WB, 9-10 p.m.): Lavish in production qualities, frugal in novelty. Prime-time's first animated science-fiction series stars David Carter - a half-human, half-Tyrusian teenager. He rescues our Earth after power-hungry Tyrusians infiltrate the US military. This production boasts big names in space thrillers - Steven Spielberg and Harve Bennet. Voices include Robert Urich, Leonard Nimoy, and Kristy McNichol. (TV-PG)
The Magic Hour (Fox, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.): Magic Johnson is still in the game. But instead of playing on the court, he's now competing in the late-night talk show arena. In the premire, Johnson performs in comedy sketches, banters with Mel Gibson, and grooves to the music of his house band led by percussionist Sheila E. Magic is used to winning, but will he succeed at playing this game? Stay tuned.
World Cup Soccer (ESPN, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; split coverage of all 64 games on ESPN, ABC, and ESPN2): Globally speaking, this is the titanic of all events. It's bigger than all Super Bowls put together. Some 37 billion people are expected to watch the World Cup on TV. The quadrennial championship kicks off with a live double-header, Brazil vs. Scotland and then, Morocco vs. Norway.
The Castro (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): For people who were openly homosexual in 1950s America, hostility and harassment were part of life. But things changed with a quiet corner in San Francisco called The Castro. This compelling and poignant documentary features interviews with the people who lived through the social upheaval. Winner of the 1997 Peabody Award.