Wednesday, October 8, 2003

Best bets: What's on TV tonight

Gannett News Service


Jake 2.0, 9 p.m., Channel 25.

With its sly mix of adventure, humor and human drama, this show is a pleasant surprise. Here's a prime example.

The National Security Agency has captured a master hacker. He's in a ring of five young people who have never met, but are scheming for power.

Now Jake (Christopher Gorham) poses as the hacker and meets the others. (He was a computer geek, just like them, before being infected with super molecules.) The problem is that he has no undercover training or experience.

It's a tough spot - especially when he's distracted by a wild evening at a German nightclub with the other four schemers. One is a brainy beauty, played by Carly Pope, star of Gorham's previous series, Popular.

The result mixes danger, temptation and youthful energy. It's a well-made hour.

Other shows worth watching

Ed, 8 p.m., Channels 5, 22. Ed and Mike pay too much for a racehorse. Meanwhile, Carol encourages Warren to follow his dream; that dream - having his own TV talk show - causes fresh trouble.

My Wife and Kids, 8 p.m., Channels 9, 2. Michael fumes when his wife wants to go back to school.

It's All Relative, 8:30 p.m., Channels 9, 2. This second episode - like the pilot film - indicates this is an above-average comedy. Liz finds out about Bobby's colorful love life. She also feels she must compete with his oversexed former girlfriend.

The West Wing, 9 p.m., Channels 5, 22. After the terrific, two-part opener, things are back to normal again. Bartlet's daughter has been rescued and he's back in the presidency, still seeking a vice president. Gary Cole plays the congressman he chooses.

Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, 9-11 p.m., Channels 48. 16. Here's the second half of Ken Burns' lush documentary, tracing the expedition that began in 1803, viewing the frontier land of the Louisiana Purchase.

Angel, 9 p.m., Channels 64, 26. Last week's excellent opener concluded with the arrival of the villainous Spike. Now Angel has to figure out how he got there while dealing with his law firm's evil clients.

Becker, 9:30 p.m., Channels 12, 7. In the season-opener, Becker and Chris (Ted Danson and Nancy Travis) reluctantly discuss their romance.

Karen Sisco, 10 p.m., Channels 9, 2. Danny DeVito, who produces this terrific new show, shows up as an actor tonight in a story of a stolen baseball. Rhea Perlman, DeVito's wife, also makes an appearance.

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Best bets: What's on TV tonight

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