Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Best Bets: What's on TV tonight

Gannett News Service


Trista and Ryan's Wedding, 9-11 p.m., Channels 9, 2.

It's time for TV to savor its only recent matchmaking success.

The other shows - the ones that let guys do the picking - haven't produced a marriage. Bachelorette has. Tonight, we'll witness the union of Miami dancer Trista Rehn and Colorado firefighter Ryan Sutter.

The Rebels of Oakland: The A's, the Raiders, the '70s,

9 p.m., HBO.

Back in the 1970s, some teams were still banning facial hair. Oakland's teams, by comparison, reflected a raucous new era.

They also reflected a city known for Black Panthers, bicycle gangs and fierce independence. "There wasn't any special section," Ray Ratto, a columnist and fan, says of the stadium. "Everybody basically drank out of the same bottle. (Then) they threw it at somebody."

Two maverick owners ruled.

Al Davis, born in Brooklyn, moved to Oakland. He found the ideal Raider coach, John Madden.

Charlie Finley stayed in Chicago and let a 13-year-old kid be his Oakland executive. The kid became rap star MC Hammer; it's a bizarre and fascinating tale.

Other programs worth watching

Billboard Music Awards, 8-10 p.m., Channels 19, 45. With the rise of American Idol, Fox has grabbed young rock fans. Tonight, Idol host Ryan Seacrest leads this tribute to the best-selling stars. Performers include Beyonce Knowles, R. Kelly, Shania Twain, Eve, Evanescence and Clay Aiken.

Ed, 8 p.m., Channels 5, 22 . Ed tries, perhaps futilely, to warm up Carol's dad, played by Dan Lauria of The Wonder Years.

Law & Order, 9 and 10 p.m., Channels 5, 22. In the first rerun (giving West Wing a rest), the cops investigate a murder that could lead to a SARS outbreak. In the second, they trace several seemingly unrelated events, including a woman who ran over her cheating husband.

King of Queens, 9 p.m., Channels 12, 7. In this rerun, Denise (Rachel Dratch) tries to use sex appeal in her job as a cocktail waitress.

Becker, 9:30 p.m., CBS. This rerun links former Cheers stars. Kelsey Grammer plays Ted Danson's old college roommate who is seeking forgiveness.

Modern Marvels, 10 p.m., History Channel. In a change of pace, this hour looks at inventions that were clear failures.

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Best Bets: What's on TV tonight