Monday, May 24, 2004

TV Best Bets

Gannett News Service


Still Standing, 8:30 p.m., Channels 12, 7.

Throughout the history of situation comedies, parents have been bellowing "my roof, my rules." Now comes a neat twist. Bill and Judy (Mark Addy and Jami Gertz) say that to Brian, their teen son who's a math whiz. He promptly moves. That's part of a clever episode that brings a bonus: While obsessing on their son, Bill and Judy never seem to notice that their daughter Lauren (Renee Olstead) is a fine singer.

That leads to a fantasy scene in which Olstead, whose CD debuts Tuesday, sings "Summertime," backed by an orchestra. It's a great way to end the season - and to start her music career.

Worth watching

A Beautiful Mind (2001), 8-11 p.m., Channels 9, 2. This is a stunning movie that is best seen with no advance information. Basically, it's a true story about a math genius. Ron Howard directs a superb cast, led by Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly.

Colonial House, 8-10 p.m., Channels 48, 16; concludes Tuesday. There are shake-ups at the top tonight, in this well-made reality show about modern people living 1638 lives. One leader resigns his post for philosophical reasons and another simply leaves; a third leaves for family reasons. The surprise comes when an outsider is sent by the English company that owns the Colony. He might be there just to make suggestions - or he might be preparing a shake-up.

George of the Jungle 2 (2003), 8 p.m., Disney Channel. Newcomer Christopher Showerman steps into the Brendan Fraser role in this made-for-video sequel about the clumsy but well-meaning hunk. Co-starring are Julie Benz and the voice of John Cleese.

Everybody Loves Raymond, 9 p.m., Channels 12, 7. This isn't one of the better Raymond episodes, but give it credit for ambition. Avoiding the hurry-up style of most comedies, it simply puts the two brothers in a van for 14 minutes of funny-sad-revealing dialogue. By the high Raymond standards, it's OK. It's also smart and worth seeing.

CSI: Miami, 10 p.m., Channels 12, 7. Horatio investigates the death of a porn star, while also facing the glare of Internal Affairs.

Chorus honors director with luminous premiere
Voigt owns Wagner role
Laughter is music to the maestro's ears
May Festival's opera evening a stunner
40 & booming

It's a generational thing
Life lessons learned by 40

Reality shows get the last laugh
Animated 'Shrek 2' tops 'Nemo' debut weekend

'Genie' workout grants your wish
Infomercials promise the impossible
Body & Mind

Daytime Emmy Award caps DeGeneres' comeback
'Harry' gets rock-star reception
The 'P' stands for politics
'Idol' finalist planning first album

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