Wednesday, March 10, 2004

TV best bets



Gannett News Service

Must-see

American Idol, 8:30 p.m., Channels 19, 45.

Now the real arguing can begin. Four choices are announced tonight, wrapping up the 12-person field. On Tuesday, judges let eight people (previously rejected) perform anew, in a second-chance round. Now half of them will be promoted to the final 12, joining those picked previously. Each judge will choose one, with the viewers picking the final one.

Game Over, 8 p.m., Channel 25.

This computer-animated comedy has a great concept: Inside video games, there are real people. After a hard day of gamesmanship, they return to the suburbs. Rip Smashenburn (voiced by Patrick Warburton) drives in a race car game. His wife (Rachel Dratch) is in a game that has her as a government agent, fighting monsters. At home, they have two teens, a giant pet and scary neighbors.

Worth watching

My Wife and Kids, 8 and 8:30 p.m., Channels 9, 2. First is a new episode. The parents of Vanessa (Junior's girlfriend) have had a fight; now her dad (Rasta) shows up, looking for a place to stay. In the second episode, Junior has an odd co-worker.

The Mullets, 8:30 p.m., Channel 25. This comedy series returns.

Law & Order, 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., Channels 5, 22. Back-to-back reruns borrow from recent news events. In the first, a rock band's pyrotechnics lead to a fire that kills 23 people. In the second, a controversial TV reporter has been shot. That might have something to do with his report, revealing a unit's position.

The Sopranos, 9 p.m., HBO. Here's a second chance to see the season-opener. All of the Sopranos are struggling after the breakup of Tony and Carmela.

Cracking Up, 9:30 p.m., Channels 19, 45. Zoey Deschanel, the lovable Elf co-star, guests as the girlfriend of Ben (Jason Schwartzman). When they're spotted together, Ben learns that the family he's staying with is sexually repressed.

Kingdom Hospital, 10 p.m., Channels, 9, 2. Tonight, the King-like character is in the hospital and the driver is a fellow patient.




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