Wednesday, April 14, 2004

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Gannett News Service

Must-see

The Apprentice, 8 p.m., Channels 5, 22 and Dateline, 9 p.m., Channels 5, 22.

NBC will be terribly disappointed if no one watches Thursday's Apprentice finale. With that in mind, it has a sort of two-hour preview.

First is the regular Wednesday rerun of the previous week's episode. We'll see Donald Trump winnow the field from four people to the two who compete in a partly live episode Thursday.

Scheduled to follow is a Dateline hour, taking a behind-the-cameras look at the show.

Worth watching

My Wife and Kids, 8 p.m., Channels 9, 2. When Michael loses the chance for a romantic getaway with his wife, he has a new scheme - the same sort of tryst, at home.

Small Ball: A Little League Story, 8 p.m., Channel 48. Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker are brilliant documentary-makers whose American Tongues is a classic.

This time, they followed a Little League team in California for an entire season. It turned out to be an eventful season.

Looking for Fidel, 8 p.m., HBO. In 2002, Oliver Stone made a friendly documentary about Fidel Castro. For this follow-up, he returned and included the opposition. This film has Castro, plus dissidents, imprisoned journalists and the men convicted of hijacking a plane to escape Cuba.

The Big House, 8:30 p.m., Channel 2. After some Friday episodes, this adequate comedy tries a Wednesday slot.

Tonight, Kevin is supposed to have a male friend in his new hometown of Philadelphia. He chooses the wrong one.

The Bachelor, 9 p.m., Channels 9, 2. Tonight, viewers learn which of the women is actually a friend of Jesse Palmer, secretly reporting to him on what the other women are saying.

Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport, 10:30 p.m., Channel 48. Deborah Oppenheimer's day job involves producing the comedy shows of George Lopez, Drew Carey, Wanda Sykes, Nikki Cox and more.

On a far more serious note, however, she was fascinated by the fact that her mother and some other Jewish children were sent out of Germany before the Holocaust.

They survived, but never saw their families again. Oppenheimer produced this film, filled with people's memories. It won an Academy Award for best feature-length documentary in 2001.

Law & Order, 10 p.m., Channels 5, 22. A murder involves a Mafia man and a Hollywood producer. Cops try to find the reason.




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FASHION
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PEOPLE
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REVIEW
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