AN ITEM IN THE CABLE LINKS FEATURE OF TODAY'S TV WEEK, WHICH WAS PRINTED IN ADVANCE, CONTAINS AN INCORRECT LISTING FOR THE BIOGRAPHICAL FEATURE ON ACTRESS KIM BASINGER. SHE WILL BE PROFILED ON BRAVO'S "INSIDE THE ACTORS STUDIO" PROGRAM SUNDAY AT 8 P.M. (PUBLISHED 06/20/99)
Television calls them many things -- most often, biographies, or portraits, or retrospectives. By any name, they tell the life story and career path of notable people. Sunday night, three careers will unfold on three cable networks, providing an interesting set of success stories.
A&E Network's "Biography" offers a two-hour piece, "Brian Wilson: A Beach Boy's Tale" at 8 p.m.
Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio" showcases Kim Basinger at 9 p.m.
Lifetime offers an "Intimate Portrait" of Lesley Stahl at 10 p.m.
The Wilson documentary includes 35 interviews with friends and family of the musical genius behind the Beach Boys, one of America's iconic bands. Never has so much been said about Wilson's career from his childhood as a half-deaf boy to his breakdown in an atmosphere of discord and manipulation by those he trusted most. Repeats at midnight.
Basinger began public life at 16 as a notoriously shy Junior Miss beauty contest entrant. She became a fashion cover girl and three years later, in 1980, played the lead in a television re-make of "From Here to Eternity." A year later she made her film debut in "Hard Country," and after 17 years in movies she found her breakout role in "L.A. Confidential," playing a character she says was based on actress Veronica Lake. Repeats at midnight.
Cokie Roberts narrates the Stahl portrait, which deals with barriers Stahl and other female journalists faced in the early days of her career. Over 30 years, Stahl has become one of the country's most respected broadcast journalists. Walter Cronkite, Mike Wallace, Connie Chung, Dan Rather, Ellen Goodman and Stahl's husband, Aaron Latham, add comments. Repeats Thursday at 3 p.m.
Sunday on Starz! at 8 p.m., the premiere of a Starz! film, "Late Last Night," with Emilio Estevez as a lawyer who suddenly finds his marriage on the rocks and spends a bizarre evening with his pal, played by Steven Weber, trying to make sense of it all. Repeats: Wednesday at 9:45 p.m., June 28 and July 3, 9 and 13.
Sunday on Fox Family Channel at 8 p.m., an encore of "Garth Brooks: Live from Central Park," the 1998 HBO concert that drew an audience of 250,000 spectators and put Brooks on a six-story stage larger than a football field.
Sunday on Showtime at 9 p.m., "Sea People," starring Hume Cronyn and Joan Gregson as an unusual elderly couple who change the life of a Nova Scotian teen who dreams of swimming the English Channel. Tegan Moss plays the girl. Repeats: June 29 at 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday on USA Network at 9 p.m., "Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler Story," a true story starring Christine Lahti as a mother who shoots a man on trial for sexually abusing her son and who is then herself put on trial for murder. Repeats at 11 p.m.
Wednesday on Discovery Channel at 10 p.m., "Project X: The Castration Experiment," a one-hour documentary about the risks of controversial methods -- chemical and surgical -- of dealing with sex offenders. Repeats at 1 a.m.
Saturday on History Channel at 8 p.m., "Hidden History of Chicago," a two-hour, John Mahoney-hosted tale about the Windy City. It's about much more than just the Great Fire (which Mrs. O'Leary's cow did not start), cattle yards, Al Capone and Michael Jordan. Repeats at midnight and June 27 at 5 p.m.
CAPTION: The "Intimate Portrait" of actress Kim Basinger premieres Sunday at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.