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HBO volleys at Wimbledon, parties with Mr. Vegas; Osgood gets Pops 'Spirit'; Holyfield meets Tyson again

June 22, 1997|BEN ELDER | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Sunday

"LeAnn Rimes in Concert"

7 and 9:40 p.m. Disney Channel

Even with all she's accomplished in a career of--what, two years now? (and more acclaim than a lot of veterans see in a lifetime)--this is the 14-year-old's first television special, featuring concert performances taped at Disney World (including "Blue" and some unreleased selections). Also at the theme park, we see the precocious superstar as a typical teenager, riding the rides--and in a Disney-MGM star motorcade.

"Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist"

10 p.m. Comedy Central

The doctor is in session for a fourth season of comedy combining computer-generated animation, stand-up material and celebrity guest voices. Tonight, Ray Romano and Dave Chapelle join comedian Jonathan Katz's 'toon therapist. Fred Stoller, Dom Irrera, Louis C. K. and Lew Schneider have confirmed appointments as guests in upcoming weeks.

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Monday

Wimbledon '97

6 a.m. HBO

HBO serves tennis' premier tournament with live coverage in the mornings and highlights weeknights at 7 p.m. (NBC has coverage on weekends.) The announcing team includes Jim Lampley, Barry MacKay, Frank Deford and a "hall of fame" analyst lineup that includes Mary Carillo, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, John Lloyd and Zina Garrison Jackson.

"Biography"

5 and 9 p.m. A&E

Despite the well-worn jokes about his stiff on-camera manner, Vice President Al Gore has been described as a candidate ideally suited to the demands of the modern political system. This premiere "Biography" looks at Gore's political legacy, politics, accomplishments and prospects for the presidency in 2000.

"Evening at Pops"

8-9 p.m. KCET

Charles Osgood, familiar to radio listeners and Sunday morning TV-news buffs, is the host of the 28th season premiere titled "The American Spirit." Soprano Dawn Upshaw sings Rodgers and Hart favorites; members of the Boston Ballet dance to the "Hoedown" from Aaron Copland's "Rodeo" and to "The Man I Love" from George Balanchine's "Who Cares?," with music by George Gershwin. Osgood also narrates taped segments about the locales depicted and takes a turn at the piano.

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Tuesday

"Cadillac Desert"

9-10:30 p.m. KCET

This four-part series chronicles the machinations behind bringing water, the vital growth elixir, to the American West. It begins with the historical events that were fictionalized in the movie "Chinatown." William Mulholland's plan to bring water from the Owens Valley 230 miles to Los Angeles was the key (for better or worse) to the city's growth and is one of the most colorful chapters in L.A. history.

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Wednesday

"James Taylor Live by Request"

6 and 10 p.m. A&E

Hey, mister, that's me up on the cable box: The Grammy Award-winning singer draws on his 25-plus years of hits to perform requests sent in through the Internet, by fax and a toll-free phone number. (We don't know for sure, but "Fire and Rain," "You've Got a Friend" and "Carolina in My Mind" are likely bets.)

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Saturday

Holyfield vs. Tyson II

6 p.m. Pay-Per-View

Would Don King and the producers still have titled this fight "The Sound and the Fury" if they had remembered the next two words Shakespeare wrote? Still, it's not "signifying nothing" to heavyweights Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, who are guaranteed $30 million apiece (a wage it takes Michael Jordan an entire 82-game basketball season to earn). Holyfield won an 11th-round TKO when the two last met in November.

"HBO Comedy Special: The Mr. Vegas All-Night Party"

10:30 p.m. HBO

It's quite a leap from Drew Carey's series alter-ego as a Cleveland department store's middle manager to Mr. Vegas, a legendary host of a long-running Sin City variety show. Joining Mr. Vegas is a lineup of marquee talent like David Cassidy, Wayne Newton, the Rev. Horton Heat, the Muffs, the Great Gomez, and Dave Attell

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