Thursday, April 29, 2004

TV Best Bets



Gannett News Service

Must-see

Friends (8 p.m.) and Will & Grace (9:05-10 p.m.), Channels 5, 22.

The big focus is on Friends, a wonderful show now one week away from its finale.

Still, this is also the season-finale for Will & Grace, stuffed with star power.

On Friends, Rachel continues to prepare to move to Paris, leaving her friends behind. Tonight, she tries to say goodbye to each person individually.

Meanwhile, Monica is back in her bossy mode, supervising the packing as she and Chandler prepare to move to the suburbs.

On Will & Grace, Karen (Megan Mullally) and Lyle (comedy great John Cleese) decide not to have a big wedding.

Instead, they'll fly to Las Vegas and marry quickly.

That brings in the guest stars. Jennifer Lopez plays herself, agreeing to sing at the wedding.

Tim Curry plays Lyle's brother.

And Harry Connick Jr. returns to his role as Leo; he flies back from Cambodia, hoping to see Grace.

Worth watching

Tru Calling, 8-10 p.m., Channels 19, 45. Throughout the first season of this well-made show, Tru (Eliza Dushku) has been spoken to by bodies at her morgue. She goes back in time - yes, she can do that - to save lives. Now the season finale brings a fresh complication from Jack (Jason Priestley), the enigmatic character who arrived a few weeks ago. He tells Tru to quit messing with fate.

Survivor: All-Stars, 8 p.m., Channels 12, 7. The field is trimmed to five.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 9 p.m., Channels 12, 7. The investigators take some time off for fun, taking part in a race. Naturally, they find a body along the way.

Frontline: The Jesus Factor, 9 p.m., Channels 48, 16. Often, George Bush has said he prayed before making a major decision. This documentary asks about the details of his faith and whether it has had an impact on policy.

Without a Trace, 10 p.m., Channels 12, 7. A man disappears before his son is scheduled to be executed.

ER, 10 p.m., Channels 5, 22. Carter's pregnant girlfriend (Thandie Newton) is back. Things are tense, however, when they meet his dad (Michael Gross) and discuss the estate of Carter's late grandmother.




FRIENDS
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More 'Friends' predictions
Who doesn't watch 'Friends'?

CICADAS
Relieve that stress! Swat a bug

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Actress builds attractive rÈsumÈ
Sorg audience will help compose an opera
Top Tens
Wyle digs gig on 'ER'
Add splash of inspiration

PEOPLE
'Idol' vote 'racist,' says Elton John
Ray Charles studio takes its place in history
Robert Downey Jr.'s marriage ending
Harden gives birth to twins
Yo-Yo Ma will get 7 million viewers in live show
Birthdays

PLANNING AHEAD
Get to it: a guide to help make your day
The Early Word: Jump on your weekend
TV Best Bets