Tuesday, October 7, 2003

TV's best bets

Gannett News Service


8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, 8 p.m., Channel 9, 7

Here's the final show taped before the death of John Ritter. It will be a pleasure to spend one more half-hour with him.

Ritter occasionally did great work in serious roles, including Unnatural Causes, Sling Blade and Dreamer of Oz. Mostly, however, he made ordinary comedies seem like fun.

In Three's Company, his Jack Tripper was a pleasant scamp, a Charlie Brown of the sexual revolution. In other shows, he brought instant satisfaction.

And in 8 Simple Rules, he brought life to the cliche of a dad who is well-meaning, but clueless.

Tonight, his daughter breaks up with the neighbor boy. That sets up trouble with the guy's parents, played by Cindy Williams and John Ratzenberger.

Other shows worth watching

I'm With Her, 8:30 p.m., Channels 9, 2. So far, the humor has been based on Patrick being uncomfortable being a teacher dating a movie star. Now it's her turn to fret. She's invited to a party that includes his brainy ex-lover and feels undereducated. The result is sometimes overdone, but has its funny moments.

Frasier, 9 p.m., Channels 5, 22. In its first three episodes this season, the show has been delightful. Now comes a new twist: Frasier and his dad are after the same woman played by Wendy Malick of Just Shoot Me.

Big Break, 9 p.m., Golf Channel.

Ten amateur golfers are assembled with the winner getting spots in four professional tournaments. The golfers are an interesting bunch, from some colorful talkers to quiet types.

Good Morning, Miami, 9:30 p.m., Channels 5, 22, and Queer Eye For the Straight Guy, 10 p.m., Bravo.

The five guys from Queer Eye have quickly become TV favorites. Tonight, they show up on Good Morning, Miami, doing the makeover for the apartment that Jake and Dylan (briefly) share.

Afterward, switch to Bravo for the real Queer Eye. In this hour, they try to help a guy who wants his girlfriend to move in, but his place has a sort of "frat house chic."

Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica, 10:30 p.m., MTV.

Nick and Jessica each work hard on music videos to promote their respective singles. Jessica is pleased with the results of "The Sweetest Sin" video, but after watching the initial cuts for his video "Shut Up," Nick is dissatisfied. He enlists Dean, the director of Jessica's video along with Punk'd's Dax, to help.

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