Monday, October 20, 2003

What to watch tonight



Gannett News Service

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What's new

Skin, 9 p.m., Channels 19, 45.

Jewel (Olivia Wilde) is a rich teenager, a pensive kid who's wary of her empty peers. She meets the quiet Adam (D.J. Cotrona). He's half-Mexican and she thinks he's a working-class kid.

Life isn't that convenient or what it appears. His dad (Kevin Anderson) is the district attorney and her dad (Ron Silver) is a pornography mogul, and they'll soon be locked in legal warfare.

Skin seems like your standard Romeo and Juliet, 90210-type show with an exception: It's surprisingly good.

Both fathers are written with strong texture and played superbly. Silver delivers blistering intensity.

The kids are also terrific in their understated way. And tying it all together is the slick, taut direction of Russell Mulcahy.

From music videos to the Queer as Folk pilot film, Mulcahy has known how to pack powerful images. This time, he provides some radiant Skin.

Second Opinion With Doctor Oz, 5 p.m., Discovery Channel. This show brings mixed blessings. The bad news is that Dr. Mehmet Oz has little knack for TV. At times he seems to merely be reading overwritten statements. The good news is that his show is thorough and thoughtful; this show (on weight loss) includes Oprah Winfrey, experts, advice and films of real patients.

Season premiere

The Next Joe Millionaire: An International Affair, 8 p.m., Channels 19, 45. The original - a dating show with a regular guy pretending to be rich - seemed like a neat stunt. This time, the same trick is played on women from other countries. Also, by paying a one-time fee of $2.99 to their wireless subscriber, viewers can pick their favorite contestants, get behind the scenes footage, partake in a "flirting game," and download screensavers and sound bites of Joe's voice.

Other shows worth watching

Intimate Portrait, 7 p.m., Lifetime. Here's a profile of Dana Delany, the brainy actress who won two Emmys on China Beach.

Yes, Dear, 8 p.m., Channels 12, 7. Jimmy becomes a contestant on Big Brother.

Dora the Explorer, 8 p.m., Nickelodeon. This amiable preschool show (10 a.m. and 11 a.m. weekdays) visits prime time to introduce a new character. He's Diego, a nature and science expert who can talk to animals.

Everybody Loves Raymond, 9 p.m., Channels 12, 7. When Ray hires his friend Gianni to remodel the kitchen, there are bad feelings.

Las Vegas, 9 p.m., Channels 5, 22. A man is using a date-rape drug. Even after he targets Delinda, her dad (James Caan) doesn't call the police. Instead, he hunts the guy himself. Meanwhile, Mike is wary of three MIT students with high-tech equipment.

Third Watch, 10 p.m., Channels 5, 22. Rap star DMX plays a rapper whose men are roughing up people who sell counterfeit CDs. Meanwhile, Doherty (Eddie Cibrian) has a tough adjustment to being boss.




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