Tuesday, April 13, 2004

TV's best bets

Gannett News Service


Gilmore Girls, 8 p.m., Channels 64, 26.

Hollywood sometimes thinks all young people are precisely the same. On spring break, they like to guzzle, ogle and scream.

Now comes this delightful counterpoint. Rory and Paris make a snap decision to go to Florida.

Rory's self-analytical approach is a delight as she tries to figure out if she's having fun.

The usual great dialogue accompanies all of this, especially when Rory is talking with her mom before and (via phone) during the vacation. It's a fun hour.

Worth watching

American Idol, 8 p.m., Channels 19, 45. Last week's results brought no surprise when Camile Velasco - who had been overwhelmed by a difficult song - was voted out. The only surprise was that Jasmine Trias (great voice, radiant personality) finished second from the bottom with Diana DeGarmo (good singer, off week) next. That trims the field to five women and three men, heading into tonight with music from films on tap.

24, 9 p.m., Channels 19, 45. Overwrought and outrageous, this episode remains gripping. On one front, the virus has spread throughout the quarantined hotel. Michelle is trying to keep order, but it's possible that people have slipped out. On another, Jack faces an extreme order: If he can't find the villain within an hour he will have to kill an innocent colleague. Don't assume anything. For all its excesses this is compelling.

Frasier, 9 p.m., Channels 5, 22. Here is a rerun of the fairly good episode in which Frasier and ex-wife Lilith were accidentally set up on a date.

One Tree Hill, 9 p.m., Channels 64, 26. This is a so-so episode, but it has some thunder-shock plot twists. Things start with a fund-raising auction in which bidders can rent a "boy toy" for five hours. Good actors are trapped in exaggerated situations; there are key plot twists, however, including one at the end.

NYPD Blue, 10 p.m., Channels 9, 2. Jessalyn Gilsig, who was so good in the first two seasons of Boston Public, arrives as the new partner of Ortiz (Jacqueline Obradors), providing quick help on a case.

The Shield, 10 p.m., FX. Julien's former police partner, Tommy, becomes a murder suspect when his estranged wife is killed. Now Vic has rounded up a vigilante team to prove the guy's innocence. But he quickly discovers a complex and disturbing story. It's a strong episode, complicated by something the cops don't realize: Capt. David Aceveda, was raped at gunpoint and has become emotionally paralyzed.

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