Sunday, February 1, 2004

TV rivals include lingerie, old flicks

Competitors lure Super Bowl crowd

By Lauren Bishop
The Cincinnati Enquirer

This year, CBS's biggest competition for viewers during the Super Bowl's halftime could come from half-dressed models.

Underwear-clad women playing a seven-on-seven "Lingerie Bowl" will be shown live on pay-per-view during halftime for a mere $19.95, thanks to Hollywood-based Horizon Productions Inc. and sponsor

To add some credibility, the two coaches are NFL Hall of Fame members: running back Eric Dickerson, formerly of the Los Angeles Rams and Indianapolis Colts; and linebacker Lawrence Taylor, a former New York Giant.

If football-playing women in their under things isn't your thing, other networks have movies and marathons lined up to compete against the Super Bowl. Here are some of the options:

Channels 9, 2: Notting Hill, 8-11 p.m. Julia Roberts is an international star and Hugh Grant is a British bookstore owner in this 1999 romance.

Channel 19, 45: Independence Day, 7-10 p.m. The 1996 Will Smith flick about alien ships that attack Earth's major cities.

Channel 25: Life Stinks, 7-9 p.m. Mel Brooks directs and stars in this 1991 comedy about a billionaire who bets he can live as a bum for a month in the Los Angeles slum he plans to develop.

Channels 64, 26: The Surreal Life marathon, 7-10 p.m. Tammy Faye Messner, Ron Jeremy, Erik Estrada, Rob Van Winkle (aka Vanilla Ice), Traci Bingham and Trishelle Cannatella share a Hollywood mansion.

A&E: Murder, She Wrote marathon, 6 p.m.-midnight. Angela Lansbury stars in reruns of this murder-mystery show.

Bravo: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, 6-8 p.m.; Gay Weddings, 8 p.m.-midnight. Reality series following four gay and lesbian couples trying to make their union official.

ESPN: Figure Skating: State Farm U.S. Championships, 6-10 p.m. Rebroadcast of Jan. 8 championships in Atlanta.

ESPN2: 2003 World Series of Poker, 8 p.m.-midnight. Rebroadcast of the August 2003 championships in Las Vegas.

HGTV: Super Sunday of Style, 5-10 p.m. A block of new episodes of some of the network's most popular series and a first look at The Homes that Made Hollywood: The '50s, hosted by Carrie Fisher.

MTV: Cribs marathon, 6:30-10 p.m. MTV takes viewers into stars' homes.

Oxygen: One True Thing (6:30-9 p.m.) Renee Zellweger and Meryl Streep star in this 1998 drama about a woman who puts her career on hold to care for her dying mother.

TLC: Trading Spaces and Trading Spaces: Family marathon (7 p.m.-midnight.) Couples and families help professional decorators make over rooms in their neighbors' houses.

VH1: Yentl, 6-9 p.m. Barbra Streisand poses as a Talmudic schoolboy in 1900 Poland in this 1983 film. Moulin Rouge, 9 p.m.-midnight. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor star in this 2001 musical about a 19th-century writer who falls for a courtesan.


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