Friday, October 10, 2003

Best bets: What's on TV tonight



Gannett News Service

What's new

House Rules, 8 p.m., TBS. Here's a high-energy, high-stakes show - sort of This (not very) Old House meets Trading Spaces.

At stake are three impressive houses in suburban Houston. Each is a few decades old; the rooms could use remodeling and redesign. Now three couples move into them. Over three months, they'll compete for budgets, then work on rooms. Then viewers will decide which duo will win the house they've remodeled. The opener works well because it has interesting couples.

When the competition began, one couple had been married for 11 years, another for two days. The third had been dating long-distance - one in Texas, the other in North Carolina. They were thrown together for some intense fun.

Might-see

Queer Eye For the Straight Guy, 8 p.m., Channels 5, 22; then 9 and 10 p.m., Bravo.

With its ratings slumping on Fridays, NBC is scrambling. It has moved the disappointing Miss Match back an hour and shelved the terrific Boomtown.

For tonight, the 8 p.m. slot goes to Queer Eye, the popular new Bravo series. Tonight's subject is identified as George K., 27, a heroic guy who took a bullet in the chest, while saving his mom from a robber. Now that he's recovered, the five Queer Eye experts help him dump his Fabio look, as he gets new clothes, hair style and more. Viewers who like that hour can switch to Bravo for two more.

Other shows worth watching

Joan of Arcadia, 8 p.m., Channels 12, 7. Joan, who wants to be with the popular kids, is told by God to join the chess club.

The George Lopez Show, 8 p.m., Channels 9, 2. George's mom has been feeling bad lately but the reason is a surprise.

Married to the Kellys, 8:30 p.m., Channels 9, 2. After last week's so-so debut, here's a fairly good episode. Susan's family - a do-it-yourself bunch - has given the young married couple a complicated barbecue set. As a family dinner arrives, there's a rush to assemble it and cook a big meal.

Hope & Faith, 9 p.m., Channels 9, 2. Faith (Kelly Ripa) has already been a soap star but now she learns she didn't quite graduate from high school. She goes back to make up the class she flunked.

Miss Match, 9 p.m., Channels 5, 22. Before marrying each other, two people each want Kate to hook them up with someone else.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 10 p.m., Channels 5, 22. A drug dealer has been beaten to death in jail.

Merge, 11 p.m., Lifetime. After last week's amiable debut, this show settles into a later time slot. While a couple is on their honeymoon, designers and host Lisa Rinna decide how to merge their stuff into one household.




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