Tuesday, September 30, 2003

TV best bets



By MIKE HUGHES
Gannett News Service

Must-sees

One Tree Hill, 9 p.m., Channel 64.

Last week's debut set up a strong human drama.

In a basketball-obsessed town, key players were dropped from the high school team. Now the rich-kid star (James Lafferty) must share the spotlight with a pensive, modest-income guy (Chad Michael Murray). Both like the same girl and both may have the same father. Tonight, they have their first game with disastrous results.

The Blues: The Road to Memphis, 9 p.m., Channels 48, 54, 16.

The modern history of the blues is dominated by the busy life of B.B. King. He picked cotton in the Mississippi Delta, became a radio disc jockey in Memphis, and went on to become a great singer and guitarist, helping Memphis become a music mecca.

Tonight's film by Richard Pearce follows King, Bobby Rush and Rosco Gordon, returning for a Memphis concert. It traces King's life and has classic footage of Ike Turner, Fats Domino, Little Richard, The Coasters and Howlin' Wolf.

Other shows worth watching

Whoopi, 8 p.m., Channels 5, 22. Nasim, the Iranian-born handyman, is cited for spitting. Mavis wants to go to court, but he'd rather not.

8 Simple Rules, 8 p.m., Channels 9, 2. This is one of the final two episodes starring the late John Ritter. Tonight, Kerry is appalled to find that her mom is teaching her sex-education class.

I'm With Her, 8:30 p.m., Channels 9, 2. In schedule synergy, Jim Belushi (whose show follows this) guest stars. The story has the mismatched couple - a teacher and a movie star - planning their second date.

According to Jim, 9 p.m., Channels 9, 2. Jim (Jim Belushi), the Chicago Bear fan, frets when his son starts cuddling a Green Bay Packer's football.

Frasier, 9 p.m., Channels 5, 22. Frasier receives gifts and attention from the Seattle Opera conductor (Patrick Stewart). Others warn that he has the incorrect (but common) assumption that Frasier is gay.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 10 p.m., Channels 5, 22. Rory Culkin (the Signs co-star who is Macaulay's youngest brother) plays a troubled teen. Mare Winningham plays his mother.

Nip/Tuck, 10 p.m., FX. Surgeons Christian and Sean go through re-certification, and Megan's health declines sharply.




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