Thursday, March 18, 2004

TV Best Bets



Gannett News Service

Might-see

Will & Grace, 8:30 p.m., Channels 5, 22.

Tonight, this is the only new, scripted show on any of the three biggest networks.

One story has Will teaching Karen how to drive. They end up in traffic court. The other has Jack and Grace catching a movie matinee. He soon sees an unwelcome surprise.

Worth watching

Designed to Sell, 10:30 p.m., HGTV. This show, which neatly reflects HGTV's feel-good approach, pops up on two Thursdays. It settles into its regular spot (8 p.m. Sunday) on March 28.

The notion is basic: A homeowner gets $2,000 and advice from designer Lisa LaPorta and others. They boost a home's value, just before it goes on sale.

NCAA basketball tournament, noon and 7 p.m., Channels 12, 7. For the first two weeks, Survivor moves to Wednesdays and the overworked CSI and Without a Trace take a recess. Games vary in each region, but the plan has two doubleheaders today and Friday.

Friends, 8 p.m., Channels 5, 22. Tonight, we see which episode was chosen as the fourth best ever, in an Internet poll.

Tru Calling, 8 p.m., Channels 19, 45. Tru - who goes back in time to save lives - goes undercover at a beauty pageant. Meanwhile, a reporter wonders why she seems to always be at crime scenes.

The Apprentice, 9 p.m., Channels 5, 22 and American Idol: Uncut, Uncensored & Untalented, 9 p.m., Channels 19, 45. These two reality shows collide and consist primarily of old clips. Apprentice pauses to have Donald Trump look back at the first 10 episodes and talk about his decisions. Idol is a rerun of an hour stuffed with bad auditions.

ER, 10 p.m., Channels 5, 22. This rerun has Romano giving a hard time to Pratt and Abby, while there are bigger worries. Abby wonders what Carter is doing in Africa; Lewis wonders whether the guy she married has died in a helicopter crash.

The Fabulous Life of Donald Trump, 10 p.m., VH1. Fans can switch here after Apprentice for a Trump double feature.

Kenny vs. Spenny, 10 p.m., Game Show Network. A Canadian show in which two friends have a different contest each week. It's moderately enjoyable, despite two flaws - Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice are difficult to tell apart. The opener simply has them seeing who can stay awake the longest.




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Welcome to the world

REVIEW
Vogler Quartet plays with precision

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Kaufman enhances spotless reputation
Disgruntled Rose can't stop greatest hits album
Flutist joins with symphony
Humana takes risks
Top 10

PEOPLE
Love admonished by judge
Presley clarifies Jackson comments
Florida drops porn charges against R. Kelly
Birthdays

HEALTH
Drug reduces loss of knee cartilage

PLANNING AHEAD
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