Friday, February 6, 2004

TV Best Bets

Gannett News Service


Ed, 9 p.m., Channels 5, 22.

For four years, this above-average show has teased us with the romance of Ed and Carol. Now, on the final episode of the season - and maybe of the series - they're ready to marry. Ed wants a simple wedding but Carol wants more. Soon, they choose a circus theme.

Indeed, the whole thing could become a circus. Warren prepares a fancy video; Phil wants to perform the ceremony. This should be fun.

Other shows worth watching

Joan of Arcadia, 8 p.m., Channels 12, 7. Joan is not happy with her latest assignment from God. She's on a debate team, with an inept partner, speaking up for a notion (school metal detectors) people dislike.

The Heavenly Kid (1985), 8 p.m., Pax TV. After dying in a car race, a leather-jacketed youth can't get to heaven until he helps a boy. Lewis Smith and Jason Gedrick star.

Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), 8 p.m., ABC Family. Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow play two young women who realize they have nothing to brag about at their 10-year reunion. This comedy starts well, then fades, but has its moments.

Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000), 8:30 p.m., TNT. Big-name actors - Nicolas Cage and, briefly, Angelina Jolie - are in this film, but the cars are the stars. To save his brother, Cage agrees to steal lots of cars in a hurry.

JAG, 9 p.m., Channels 12, 7. A Navy official agrees to face a war tribunal after an Iraq bombing raid kills civilians. Now Mac and Bud must defend him.

Hope & Faith, 9 and 9:30 p.m., Channels 9, 2. Here are two bits of clever casting, built around the fact that star Kelly Ripa is also co-host of Live With Regis & Kelly. In the first episode, Kathie Lee Gifford (Ripa's predecessor on the talk show) plays a waitress who becomes entangled with the sisters. In the second, a rerun, Regis Philbin plays a car-dealer who hires Ripa for his commercial.

Like Family, 9:30 p.m., Channel 64. Comedian George Wallace plays Tanya's father. When he arrives for a visit alone, she guesses her parents have marital trouble.

Third Watch, 10 p.m., Channels 5, 22. Shortly after Jimmy Doherty (Eddie Cibrian) and Kim Zambrano (Kim Raver) finally revived their romance, he becomes trapped in a burning building. Meanwhile, Cruz (Tia Texada) bullies a confession that Monroe (Nia Long) doubts. Back at the fire station, the new captain (Paul Michael Glaser of long-ago Starsky and Hutch fame) arrives with a reputation for closing stations down.

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