Friday, June 18, 2004

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Gannett News Service


Monk season-opener, 10 p.m., USA Network.

In its first two seasons, this show has skillfully blended comedy with mystery solving. Now comes an episode that starts with laughs, then has strong, no-nonsense emotion.

Adrian Monk (Tony Shalhoub) was a brilliant but obsessive-compulsive San Francisco cop who crumbled after his wife was murdered. Sharona Fleming (Bitty Schram) helped nurse him back to health and now helps out with crime solving.

Tonight, Monk follows a lead in his wife's murder to the big Apple. But first, he must help the New York cops solve another case.

The humor comes early with Monk surrounded by New York City's untidiness. One of the cops traveling with him also becomes an easy mark for sidewalk crooks.

Then Monk settles into its mystery and into the confrontation with the man who built the bomb that killed his wife. It's a strong start to a promising season.

Worth watching

Joan of Arcadia, 8 p.m., Channels 12, 7. Joan wants to strike back at some cruel classmates.

God's alternate idea is for her to be a percussionist in the school band.

JAG, 9 p.m., Channels 12, 7. Mac helps the admiral investigate diamond smugglers.

Hope & Faith, 9 p.m., Channels 9, 2. Here is the rerun of a broadly funny episode. At their aunt's funeral, the sisters try to get back a ring they feel wasn't hers.

Life With Bonnie, 9:30 p.m., Channels 9, 2 . Bonnie is in the hospital but she's still supposed to host her TV show there.

Las Vegas, 10 p.m., Channels 5, 22. This rerun is stuffed with guest stars.

Jon Lovitz plays a guest who wants to commit suicide.

Paul Anka finds himself harassed by a security guard and Paris Hilton gets in the way of Sam's romance.

What Should You Do? Season-opener, 10 p.m., Lifetime. This series, hosted by Leeza Gibbons, meets people who have been in real-life peril.

It also asks experts what would be the best steps to take in case of emergency.

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Even when school is out, reading is in
Is poor attendance based on age?

J. Lo earns encyclopedia entry
Lunch with Lavigne helps charity
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