Wednesday, May 26, 2004

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Worth watching

Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire, 8-11 p.m., Channels 48, 16. Late in the 16th century, Japan's capital was moved to the fishing village of Edo. It flourished as a home for warriors, scientists, artists and tradesmen. It had 1 million people in the 17th century and is now Tokyo. This special views the city during three centuries when there were no Western influences.

Enterprise, 8 p.m., Channel 25. Archer scrambles for a way to cripple the doomsday machine, before it can destroy Earth. This was expected to be the series finale, with the show cancelled. Instead, Enterprise will be back for a fourth season.

My Wife and Kids, 8 p.m., Channels 9, 2. It's time for teenage Vanessa to have her baby. She hopes to have lots of New Age support.

The Bachelor: After the Final Rose, 9 p.m., Channels 9, 2. Here's a visit to the couple, Jesse and Jessica. We learn what's happened since filming concluded.

The Moguls, 9 p.m., TV Land. This six-week series concludes with the producers who shaped the series in the 1990s. Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI) and Dick Wolf (Law & Order) are steady and consistent; David E. Kelley provides shows - from Picket Fences to Ally McBeal to The Practice - that burn hot and fade fast. Also profiled are Rob Burnett (Ed) and Darren Star (Sex and the City).

Super Millionaire, 10 p.m., Channels 9, 2. Here's another round of the game show, replacing the scheduled Great Domestic Showdown.

Soul Food, 10 p.m., Showtime. This well-made series ends its five-year run, with big moments for all three sisters. Teri has an out-of-town job offer and a marriage proposal. Bird has an intimate talk with Lem, whose business has been vandalized. And Maxine and Kenny have an unusual night at the casino.

Sweeps spotlight

American Idol finale, 8-10 p.m., Channels 19, 45.

On the final night of the TV season, we learn which diva - Fantasia Barrino or Diana DeGarmo - will be the next Idol champion. Naturally, Fox will spread this out. It will bring back its final 12 contestants, promote their summer tour and show lots of commercials. Then comes fame.

Academy of Country Music awards, 8-11 p.m., Channels 12, 7.

It will be country-vs.-pop tonight, as CBS and Fox fill their prime times with live shows.

Reba McEntire hosts the country show and also sings. Other solo stars performing include Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, Clint Black, Sara Evans, Keith Urban and - riding her "Redneck Woman" hit - Gretchen Wilson. Prefer groups and duos? Performers include Lonestar, Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts and Big & Rich. There will also be duets - Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss, Vince Gill and Loretta Lynn, Kenny Chesney and Uncle Kracker.




FOOD
A parade lunch to love
Cooks bring out a parade of goodies for guests
Sisters' recipes
Coffee's long history opens eyes
Trade Secrets: Tips on dining in and dining out
Freeze boredom with cool treats

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Chamber season attracts stellar players
Chamber Orchestra season
Where will 'Idol' also-rans end up?
Mraz mixes styles to create own
Streisand, Hoffman add anticipation to 'Fockers'
Savor 'Soul Food' for last time
Berlin opera gets new boss

PEOPLE
Madonna tour is skipping stops in Israel
Elliott cancels Indonesia show
Mortensen celebrates Fourth of July abroad
Birthdays

PLANNING AHEAD
Get to it: A guide to help make your day
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