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Picks and Pans Main: Tube

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Some things that stand out from the week’s tube torpor aren’t available to review. Most are live shows. Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls makes his first appearance in the NBA championships as NBC begins broadcasting the finals on Wednesday (June 5, 9 P.M. ET). Except for two Sunday afternoon games, the best-of-seven series will be played in prime time. ABC begins its In Concert ’97 music series Friday (June 7, midnight ET) with a head-banger assault featuring Poison, Slaughter and the Bulletboys. On Monday (June 10, 9 P.M. ET) James Brown has a live pay-per-view show. For $19.95, you get the Godfather of Soul and guests M.C. Hammer, Vanilla Ice and Quincy Jones.

Then there’s director David Lynch, still conjuring airs of mystery around his canceled Twin Peaks. He wouldn’t show reviewers tapes of its final, two-hour episode. But we do know that Cooper and Truman (Kyle MacLachlan and Michael Ontkean) will venture to the Black Lodge, that den of iniquity, for a final confrontation with Windom Earle (Kenneth Welsh). Then the dream is over. Wake up, Laura.