Thursday, February 5, 2004

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Gannett News Service

Must-see

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

On the first day of the sweeps ratings period, NBC had planned three "supersized" comedies. Then it moved The Apprentice to Thursdays. That's why a 40-minute Friends suddenly stands alone.

As Phoebe's bachelorette party nears, Monica and Rachel have the job of hiring a stripper. Their choice (played by Danny DeVito) is not well-received.

Meanwhile, Joey appears as a celebrity on $100,000 Pyramid, with Donny Osmond as host. He soon costs his partner money.

In the third story line, Chandler and Ross meet a beauty at their college reunion.

Other shows worth watching

Survivor: All-Stars, 8 p.m., Channels 12, 7. After dumping one person in Sunday's premiere, the show moves into its regular spot. It still has 17 contestants - among the best known from the first seven Survivor rounds - on the Pearl Islands.

Extreme Makeover, 8 and 9 p.m., Channels 9, 2. Two episodes run back-to-back. The second has simultaneous makeovers for two people who are engaged to each other. They won't meet again until their wedding day.

Tru Calling, 8 p.m., Channels 19, 45. Usually, Tru gets one chance to undo a tragedy. Tonight, the same day keeps repeating.

The Apprentice, 8:42 p.m., Channels 5, 22. This episode has an extra 17 minutes to play with because of NBC's schedule shift. Donald Trump shakes up the rules. Then he sends the teams on a mission to sell the most at a flea market.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 9 p.m., Channels 12, 7. There are claims that a vampire is loose in Las Vegas. Another case centers on a missing samurai sword.

My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance, 9 p.m., Channels 19, 45. In this rerun we see poor Randi bring Steve home. She doesn't know he's really an actor, hired to seem disgusting.

Frontline: American Porn, 10 p.m., Channel 16. This reruns a look at the porn industry, which has been growing as it adds new technology.

ER, 9:59 p.m., Channels 5, 22. Carter's girlfriend, Kem (Thandie Newton), a bright and beautiful African doctor, spends a shift watching things in Chicago. She soon complicates everything. Meanwhile, Pratt continues to have trouble at work; Weaver startles people by dedicating a new wing to the late Romano.

Without a Trace, 10 p.m., Channels 12, 7. A female bounty hunter has disappeared after a shoot-out.




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