Monday, May 10, 2004

TV's best bets

Gannett News Service

The Restaurant, 10 p.m., Channels 5, 22.

Who would have guessed that firing people would become prime-time entertainment?

In the previous episode, a 20-year-old intern was told to stay out of the way. Instead, he tended bar (though underage) and called co-owner Rocco DiSpirito a negative name within earshot; he was fired.

Tonight, a waitress and greeter is falsely accused of drinking on the job. She makes an emphatic exit.

DiSpirito perks his spirits by visiting the Culinary Institute of America, his alma mater. He doesn't realize co-owner Jeffery Chodorow is interviewing chefs to replace him.

Worth watching

A Wrinkle in Time, 8-11 p.m., Channels 9, 2. The night after it aired the first Harry Potter movie, ABC visits a Madeleine L'Engle novel that preceded Potter with some similarities. Katie Stuart stars as a girl visiting alternate worlds with her brother as they search for their dad. Grown-up co-stars include Alfre Woodard.

The Parkers, 8 p.m., Channel 25. After five seasons, this comedy ends with Nikki (Mo'Nique) marrying Professor Oglevee - maybe. As wedding plans crumble he imagines a life without her.

Yes, Dear, 8 p.m., Channels 12, 7. Both couples head to a therapist.

Everybody Loves Raymond, 9 p.m., Channels 12, 7. An agent is convinced that Robert should be a model.

Sweeps Spotlight

Musical stunt casting is the order of the night on three shows.

Las Vegas, 9 p.m., Channels 5, 22. A grouchy gambler has a bomb strapped to him. Meanwhile, Everlast (as himself) plans a private concert.

Half & Half, 9:30 p.m., Channel 25. Billy Dee Williams plays a funk music legend; Spencer (Chico Benymon) needs to sample his old music.

CSI: Miami, 10 p.m., Channels 12, 7. A rapper (played by Xzibit) might be a murder target.

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