Thursday, October 16, 2003

Best bets: What's on TV tonight




Gannett News Service

Must-See

ER, 10 p.m., Channels 5, 22.

A bad night keeps getting worse in the emergency room.

Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) tries his usual bravado with bad results. Weaver complains about the mistakes her staff is making and then makes one herself.

Meanwhile, Abby's troubles keep building. She needs money and a boost. She soon meets Kovac and his new girlfriend.

Other shows worth watching

Friends, 8 p.m., Channels 5, 22. Grown-up fun and a baby birthday collide. Monica and Chandler are anxious for a long-delayed getaway weekend, but Rachel says that must wait until after Emma's first birthday party. Things are delayed even more by the arrival of what seems to be a sexually explicit birthday cake. Joey is in charge of keeping everyone there until the new cake arrives.

Threat Matrix, 8 p.m., Channel 9, 2. Here's a change of pace - a moment of self-doubt for one of the agents. Mo (played by Anthony Azizi) is an Egyptian-American and a former CIA operative stationed in the Middle East. His old friend, a devout Muslim, is considered a bombing suspect. This leads Mo to question the relationship between government security and individual rights.

Basic Training: America's Proving Ground, 8-10 p.m., History Channel. Here's a documentary looking at the struggles that recruits go through during their basic training.

Will & Grace, 9 p.m., 5, 22. Will is trying to adjust to rooming with Grace's mom (Blythe Danner). Meanwhile, Jack is startled to find his performance in a play is being considered better than the work of a famous actor who is also in the play. That actor? The incomparable James Earl Jones.

Coupling, 9:30 p.m., 5, 22. Here's the sort of moral dilemma people only worry about in TV shows. If the person who buys dinner is then treated to exceptionally good sex, is that a little like prostitution?

Without a Trace, 10 p.m., Channels 12, 7. A young violin star disappears. Officials wonder if this involves her father's past in Russia.




TALL STACKS
Mark O'Connor combines classical, fiddle music
Don't ridicule reticule's lineage

DART PROFILE
Mission work gets 'in your blood'

TEMPO
Scuba lovers add water and mix
United States filled with great diving spots

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Book nominees have never won
50 Cent earns hip-hop respect
Fellowship of 'Ring' makes a 'Return'
Top 10s
The Early Word
'Early Show' anchor records video diary of cancer ordeal

PLANNING AHEAD
Get to it!
Best bets: What's on TV tonight