Thursday, June 10, 2004

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Friends, 8 p.m., Channels 5, 2.

In a change of plans, NBC plans to show one of the hilarious Thanksgiving episodes tonight.

Monica is obsessing about the dinner, as usual, but everyone else might be late. Ross and Joey are trying to catch a quick basketball game. Phoebe wants Rachel to enter baby Emma in a beauty contest.

5 Days to Midnight conclusion, 9 p.m., Sci Fi; repeats at 10 and 11 p.m.

This is the day the professor (Tim Hutton) has tried so hard to avoid. According to papers in a futuristic briefcase, it's the day he'll be killed in a strip club.

Everything else mentioned by the papers has come true despite his efforts to change them. Is it all inevitable?

We'll see in the conclusion of this five-hour miniseries. The previous hour reruns at 8 p.m.

Worth watching

Joan of Arcadia, 8 p.m., Channels 12, 7. Joan gets a setback when Adam, a sculptor, falls for an art student.

Pepsi Smash, 8 p.m., Channels 64, 26. Performers in this pop-music series include Alanis Morissette, Joss Stone, Maroon5 and Morissey.

Meltdown, 8-10 p.m., FX. If you missed Sunday's premiere, catch this film now. At first, it seems like just another macho movie with armed soldiers taking over a nuclear power plant in California. Soon, the plot gets more complex and compelling. Bruce Greenwood and Arnold Vosloo are terrific as leaders of the two sides.

Will & Grace, 9 p.m., Channels 5, 22. James Earl Jones plays a student in Jack's acting class, lacking the powerful voice he has in real life.

MTV Movie Awards, 9 p.m., MTV. Lindsay Lohan, the likable Mean Girls star, hosts with music by Eminem, the Beastie Boys, and more.

Scrubs, 9:30 p.m., Channels 5, 22. Embeth Davidtz (Schindler's List) and Julie Warner (Doc Hollywood) play Jordan's friends, comforting her after her brother's death.

ER, 10 p.m., Channels 5, 22. Neela works with patients who aren't sure they want to return to their Amish lives.

Frontline, 9 p.m. Channel 48. The documentary series examines a little known fact about the justice system: 95 percent of criminal cases never reach a jury and are settled through plea bargains. Consequently, critics claim, the constitutional rights of defendants can be jeopardized.

Turner Classic Movies tribute to former President Ronald Reagan with a 24-hour marathon of 15 of his movies, beginning at 8 a.m. today.

The complete lineup: 8 a.m., Love Is on the Air (1937; his first starring role). 9 a.m., Accidents Will Happen (1938); 10:15 a.m., Angels Wash Their Faces (1939). 11:45 a.m., Tugboat Annie Sails Again (1940).

1:15 p.m., "Santa Fe Trail (1940). 3:15 p.m., One for the Book (1947). 5 p.m., Night Unto Night (1949). 6:30 p.m., Prisoner of War (1954). 8 p.m., Kings Row (1942). 10:15 p.m., Desperate Journey (1942).

12:15 a.m., The Last Outpost (1951). 2 a.m., John Loves Mary (1949). 3:45 a.m., An Angel From Texas (40). 5 a.m., Sergeant Murphy (1938). 6 a.m., Hell's Kitchen (1939).

Dodgeball grows up
Tae Bo workouts open to public

Moviegoers show a big appetite for 'Super Size Me'
McCarthy TV drama lives 50 years later
Two Aiken alums in MTV dance showcase
The Early Word: Jump on your weekend
Local bands rock at two-day concert in Newport
UC festival debuts new opera
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