Monday, November 10, 2003

TV's best bets

Gannett News Service

Must see

Everybody Loves Raymond, 9 p.m., Channels 12, 7.

Ray (Ray Romano) and Debra (Patricia Heaton) begin lying, something that none of the characters on this show does very well. The problem starts when Ray misses an appointment with his mom. Soon, the lies are growing.

Switched, 5 p.m., ABC Family. This reality show has two teens switching places. Today's episode is particularly interesting.

On one coast is Ashlie Brillault, who played Kate on Lizzie McGuire. On the other is Dallas Friday, 17, who leads the professional women's wakeboarding standings. She's won a dozen championships this year in the water sport. She's been in a cartoon and video game and was named "Florida's fittest female." She had mastered everything until she got to Ashlie's world. There, she was befuddled by dance class and stunned by the notion of manicures and eyebrow waxing. Ashlie spent a lot of time falling in the water. The only good news came when she learned that Dallas gets a weekly massage.

Other shows worth watching

Wheel of Fortune, 7 p.m., Channels 9, 7. This game has been around since 1975. Here's the 4,000th episode, which was taped at Radio City Music Hall.

Yes, Dear, 8 p.m., Channels 12, 7. Greg is hoping his birthday party will involve golf. Instead, alas, it's at a water park.

The Road to Perdition (2002), 8 p.m., HBO. One of the great films of recent years airs during a night of so-so choices. Sam Mendes (American Beauty) brilliantly directed this story of a hit man (Tom Hanks) seeking revenge. One scene, as Paul Newman and his men start to enter their cars during a rainstorm, is stunning.

Eve, 8:30 p.m., Channel 25. Shelly (played by Eve) is finally ready to have sex with J.T. (Jason George). Her friend, however, advises against it.

Las Vegas, 9 p.m., Channels 5, 22. A sexy con artist manages to fool everyone, including the security people. Meanwhile, a hard-luck couple wants tickets to see Wayne Newton.

Two and a Half Men, 9:30 p.m., Channels 12, 7. Charlie (Charlie Sheen) gets talked into helping a school music show.

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