Monday, November 24, 2003

TV's best bets



Gannett News Service

Must-see

Everybody Loves Raymond, 9 p.m., and Two and a Half Men, 9:30 p.m., Channels 12, 7.

These comedies generally offer a dandy one-two punch. Now both have Thanksgiving episodes. For Raymond, there's a fresh twist: This is the first time everyone's spending the holiday with Robert's in-laws. As played by Fred Willard and Georgia Engel, they seem peaceful on the surface and wacky inside.

Then Two and a Half Men has movie star Denise Richards, who happens to be married to series star Charlie Sheen. She plays his former girlfriend. He wants to impress her by having a traditional family Thanksgiving.

Other shows worth watching

The Next Joe Millionaire finale, 8 p.m., Channels 19, 45. Tonight, some happy woman gets chosen - then gets the unhappy news that she won't be rich after all. David Smith, 24, has been represented as a guy with $80 million. Now he chooses between Linda, 25, from the Czech Republic, and Cat, 22, from Germany.

Fear Factor, 8-9:30 p.m., Channels 5, 22. This is a night overloaded with reality shows. NBC starts things with its first Family Fear Factor. Each competition involves duos of one kid and a parent.

Yes, Dear, 8 p.m., Channels 12, 7. Dan Hedaya (nasty Nick on Cheers and The Tortellis) guest stars as Jimmy's father-in-law. Greg reluctantly goes ice fishing with him.

The Emperor's New Groove, 8 p.m., Disney Channel. An Incan emperor is transformed into a llama in a cartoon with an up-tempo musical feel. Voices include John Goodman and Eartha Kitt, and it features two songs by Sting.

Still Standing, 8:30 p.m., Channels 12, 7. Bill and Judy meet the parents of their teen daughter's boyfriend. They soon find them boring and lie to avoid them.

Average Joe, 9:30-11 p.m., Channels 5, 22. The show started with 16 regular blokes, all dating a gorgeous beauty, Melana Scantlin. Finally, she narrowed her choices to two New Yorkers (Adam and Zach, each 28) and one guy (John, 26) from La Crosse, Wis. Just as they neared their goal, three handsome and hunky types were added to the mix. Tonight, she has six guys to ponder.

CSI: Miami, 10 p.m., Channels 12, 7. Police sift the possibilities as a woman, who specializes in getting men to cheat on their wives, has been murdered.




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