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Highlights | TURN ON, TUNE IN OR MISS OUT

Country awards on TNN; MTV visits 'Oddville'; stand-up and HIV on HBO; WNBA and X Games arrive

June 15, 1997|STEVEN LINAN | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Sunday

"Kiss and Tell" / 5 and 9 p.m. A&E

Posing as a lonely woman, a cop named Jude (Rosie Rowell) goes undercover to pry a confession from Graham, a man who may have murdered his wife. For his part, Graham claims that his missing wife walked out, a contention the police aren't buying. The situation gets stickier when Jude falls for Graham in spite of a previous relationship with a colleague. Hey, Jude, get it together!

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"Storytellers" / 10 p.m. VH1

Men in black Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson share the stage in the latest installment of this amiable music series. Cash rings up "Ring of Fire" and "Folsom Prison Blues." Meanwhile, Nelson serves up "On the Road Again," "Funny How Time Slips Away" and "Crazy," a number he originally titled "Stupid," which, he wisely decided, was not as pleasing to the ear (or pocketbook)--not to mention Patsy Cline's cover voice.

Monday

"TNN Music City News Country Awards" / 5 p.m. TNN

George Jones, Randy Travis and LeAnn Rimes are solid choices as hosts of the 31st annual event. Jones is the seasoned veteran who had his first No. 1 record with "White Lightning" in 1959, long before teen sensation (and two-time Grammy winner) Rimes was born. Travis, who is no slouch, has sold more than 20 million albums during his 10-year career. The TNN special presents honors in 14 fan-voted categories, including entertainer of the year. Alan Jackson leads the field with seven nominations.

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"Drop Dead Gorgeous (A Tragi-Comedy): The Power of HIV-Positive Thinking" / 11 p.m. HBO

Ordinarily, the subject of HIV would hardly be a laughing matter. But self-deprecating comic Steve Moore, who recently was diagnosed with AIDS, has created this candid one-man show in which he chooses to celebrate life. Included are anecdotes about his eccentric mother and deadpan father, his childhood and the realities of pursuing a show-biz career in Los Angeles. Moore also recalls the friends who bought him a piano on his 40th birthday, a milestone he once thought would never be reached.

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"Oddville, MTV" / 11 p.m. MTV

Aptly named, this new weeknight talk show features bizarro guests you would expect to see on a segment of Stupid Human Tricks. Host Frank Hope, whose persona is reminiscent of Woody Allen, brings on a tattooed dancer, a "human pin cushion" (a guy with nine piercings) and a woman who imitates the sound of seagulls. Celebs such as director Kevin Smith and actress Joey Lauren Adams of "Chasing Amy" stare at the antics in amazement. Weird but not wonderful.

Thursday

"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" / 8 p.m. KCOP

Trouble brews in the season finale as Capt. Sisko (Avery Brooks) and the crew realize the Dominion may be taking over the Alpha Quadrant. As a convoy of Jem'Hadar ships emerges from the wormhole, Starfleet Command notifies Sisko he must stop further reinforcements. The captain's solution? Mine the entrance to the wormhole, a bold move that could trigger a cosmic war.

Friday

X Games / 4:30 p.m. ESPN

X marks the spot for the third annual competition, which shifts from Rhode Island to San Diego and Oceanside. We'll get 37 hours of bicycle stunt riding, in-line skating, skysurfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, sportclimbing, street luge racing and the X-Venture Race, a multi-stage endurance test. A one-hour ESPN preview on Friday is followed by an all-X edition of ABC's "Wide World of Sports" Saturday at 2 p.m. Daily coverage can be found on ESPN and ESPN2 through June 28, with events generally televised a day after they take place.

Saturday

WNBA Games / 1 p.m. NBC

Can a women's pro basketball league court viewers from both genders? Time will tell as the WNBA tips off its inaugural season with 12 Olympic gold medalists, 10 NCAA champions and numerous all-Americans. NBC, ESPN and Lifetime will carry 32 games during the three-month schedule, which concludes Aug. 30 with a championship between the Eastern and Western conferences. In the opener, Rebecca Lobo leads the New York Liberty against Lisa Leslie (her teammate on the gold-medal winning 1996 U.S. team) of the Los Angeles Sparks.

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