Friday, April 30, 2004

TV Best Bets

Gannett News Service


Joan of Arcadia, 8 p.m., Channels 12, 7. When God tells Joan to join the school yearbook staff, she has her own scheme. Jealous of Adam and Iris for sharing artistic talent, she'll impress them by becoming a star photographer.

Meanwhile, her dad has an important police case. He'll combine with one of his detectives, Toni, to try to catch a guy who wants to hire a hit man to kill his wife.

Deadwood, 8-11 p.m., HBO.

There's still time to catch up on this well-made series. Tonight, HBO reruns episodes four through six, setting up Sunday's round.

These three episodes work well together. The first ends with the town's most infamous murder. The second has the shooter facing a trial. The third includes some vigilante justice in the aftermath. Add them up and you have a strong portrait of a lawless town and a few people who bring their own code of fairness.

Worth watching

Love Field (1992), 8-10:30 p.m., Pax. Few people have seen this film, despite the impressive credentials of its stars. Michelle Pfeiffer received an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of a Dallas beautician who, in 1963, idolizes the Kennedys. When the president is shot, she travels to D.C. and winds up on a journey with a stranger (Dennis Hays-bert, now President Palmer on 24) and his daughter.

The George Lopez Show, 8 p.m., Channels 9, 2. George might take his family to Disneyland - but not until he learns why he never went there as a boy.

Women & the Badge: Caught in the Crossfire, 8-9:30 p.m., Oxygen. This reality series launches its third season with a movie-length documentary. Two camerawomen spent five weeks tracing an Indianapolis homicide detective as she pieced together a case without definite evidence or cooperative witnesses. That culminates with a SWAT team going after the suspect.

The Big House, 8:30 p.m., Channels 9, 2. This six-week series ends with Kevin trying to juggle two parties, one for his family and one with his best friend.

Hope & Faith, 9 and 9:30 p.m., Channels 9, 2. The first episode has Faith being stunned by a romance between her father (Robert Wagner) and her best friend (Jenny McCarthy). The second reruns the episode that had Kathie Lee Gifford as a diner waitress. Gifford preceded series star Kelly Ripa on the show that's now called Live With Regis & Kelly.

CSI: Miami, 10 p.m., Channels 12, 7. In this transplanted rerun a movie star is suspected in the murder of a celebrity photographer.

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