Wednesday, May 30, 2001
There's nothing like the sound of thousands of squealing teens to generate excitement. And that's what you'll hear on "Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life" (7 p.m., CBS), the first musical special from the popular boy band. Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson have sold more than 60 million albums as the Backstreet Boys. Their latest compilation, "Black & Blue," sold more than 5 million copies in its first week.
"Larger than Life" will include concert footage of the Backstreet Boys performing at the Los Angeles Staples Center and scenes from their international tour that included stops in Stockholm, Tokyo, Sydney, Capetown, Rio and New York. Songs performed here include: "Larger than Life," "Show Me the Feeling of Being Lonely," "More than That," "Shape of My Heart," "Time" and "Get Another Boyfriend."
Fans of that other boy band should tune into "The Simpsons" (7 p.m., Fox) featuring an animated cameo by 'N Sync in a repeat episode lampooning the manufactured pop sensations. No matter how many people watch tonight's Backstreet Boys special, it will certainly help CBS reach a younger audience. The last sweeps period revealed that the average CBS viewer is over 50 years old.
ï¿½ The winner of this year's Oscar for best documentary short "Big Mama" (6:30 p.m., Cinemax) is an inspiring tale of Viola Dees, an 89-year-old grandmother who does everything possible to keep her 9-year-old grandson, Walter, out of foster care. It's also an inspiring tale of a first-time filmmaker, Tracy Seretean, who was motivated to make the film after reading about Dees in Los Angeles Magazine.
Seretean is the only first-time filmmaker to win an Oscar. Upon meeting Dees she had never taken a film course or attended film school. She only bought a digital video camera after her first encounter with the subject of "Big Mama." While not a perfect film, and certainly lacking a happy or a satisfying conclusion, "Big Mama" is certainly heartbreaking and powerful.
Tonight's other highlights
ï¿½ Baby-boomers (Rosie O'Donnell, Rita Wilson, Melanie Griffith and Demi Moore) recall their adolescence in the 1995 drama "Now and Then" (8 p.m., CBS).
ï¿½ Leo pushes a missile defense system on a repeat of "The West Wing" (7 p.m., NBC).
ï¿½ Philadelphia hosts Milwaukee in post-season NBA action (8 p.m., NBC).
ï¿½ Scientists sift through metallic debris found in Roswell, N.M., on "Million Dollar Mysteries" (8 p.m., Fox).
ï¿½ The cast are unaware of plot elements on an improvisational repeat episode of "The Drew Carey Show" (8 p.m., ABC) taped last January before a live audience.
ï¿½ A 21-year-old hostess disappears in Tokyo's glitziest district on "Vanished" (9 p.m., ABC).
ï¿½ All are repeats ... On back-to-back episodes of "Two Guys and A Girl" (ABC), Berg tells Irene he loves her (7 p.m.), and Berg and Pete keep secrets (7:30 p.m.) ... On back-to-back episodes of "Star Trek: Voyager" (UPN), Seven ponders mortality (7 p.m.), and Chakotay enters a time warp (8 p.m) ... A sudden kiss may change everything on "Dawson's Creek" (7 p.m., WB).
A less than relaxing vacation on "Grounded For Life" (7:30 p.m., Fox) ... Confronting a deadly warlock on "Charmed" (8 p.m., WB) ... Charlie beats the mayor in racquetball on "Spin City" (8:30 p.m., ABC).
ï¿½ "Incorrect" is new ... Tom Cavanagh appears on "Late Show With David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Billy Joel and Elton John are Jay Leno's guests on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).