Thursday, January 29, 2004

TV Best



Gannett News Service

Must-see

Friends, 8 p.m., Channels 5, 22.

The main story in this rerun has hilarious twists.

An adoption worker (Maria Pitillo of Partners) is inspecting the home of Monica and Chandler. She likes them - but says she once knew a cad named Joey in the same building.

Naturally, Joey pops in, leading to lies and disclaimers. This is the sort of thing Friends does wonderfully well. The other elements get a bit silly. In one, Rachel has a fear of swing sets. In another, Phoebe and Mike may or may not donate their wedding money to charity.

Other shows worth watching

Tru Calling, 8 p.m., Channels 19, 45. Here's a rerun of an excellent hour with a rich, emotional core. Tru thinks her mission is to prevent the death of an earnest fireman. A deeper mission, however, unfolds.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 8 and 9 p.m., Channels 12, 7. On the last Thursday before Survivor returns, CBS plugs the gap with a pair of reruns. In the first episode a moviegoer is slain. In the second, a body is found on the highway dressed in a raccoon suit.

The Apprentice, 9 p.m., Channels 5, 22. After constant juggling, NBC says this is where viewers can find new Apprentice episodes from now on. Reruns will air 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Tonight, we find the women heading toward a sweep. They've won three straight episodes and three guys - most recently, the controversial Sam Solovey - have been ousted. Tonight's competition involves running a restaurant.

ER, 10 p.m., Channels 5, 22. In yet another change, NBC plans to rerun the episode that had Pratt and Weaver meeting crises and disasters on the graveyard shift.

Without a Trace, 10 p.m., Channels 12, 7. A man thinks he's getting into his limousine. It's the wrong one, though, and he isn't seen again.



THEATER REVIEW
'Lesson' is a rather dull sermon

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Your guide to the symphony
Signers bring drama to the deaf
Dancer steps into film
Top 10s
The Early Word

PEOPLE
Parker's sad to see the show's end is near
Berry OK after knock on noggin
Isaac Hayes picks up a Trumpet
Birthdays

PLANNING AHEAD
Get to it
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