Wednesday, June 30, 2004

TV Best bets



Gannett News Service

Must-see

Rebels and Redcoats conclusion, 9 p.m., 48, 16.

As the Revolutionary War dragged on both sides needed manpower. The British recruited loyalists and slaves in the colonies. The rebels also recruited slaves - often with promises that weren't kept.

Still, it was the French who tipped the balance. Their ships trapped the British by sea; their men joined George Washington's in a land charge. The British tried to surrender to the French who directed them to Washington.

This interesting documentary also highlights rebel general Nathanael Greene, who perfected hit-and-run techniques: You can win a war, he said, without winning any battles.

Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003), 9-11 p.m., Lifetime. Lifetime does an excellent job of making movies and a horrid job of scheduling them. This movie is one of the network's best. The true story of a teen who was homeless during high school yet became an Ivy Leaguer, it features superb performances by Thora Birch and (as her troubled mother) Kelly Lynch. It's a terrific movie but hard to find. In the past, Lifetime has scheduled it then pulled it at the last minute. Now it's done the opposite - scheduling a different movie (Gracie's Choice), then making a late switch to Homeless.

Worth watching

Next Action Star, 8 p.m., Channels 5, 22. The NBC people keep changing their minds about this slot. They had planned some Queer Eye For the Straight Guy episodes, then decided those would be aired later in the summer. They planned Last Comic Standing reruns, then switched to this new hour of Next Action Star. The acting duos prepare for a scary, multistory fall and for an R-rated seduction scene.

On Stage at the White House, 8 p.m., Channels 48, 16. This special views a White House dinner, from preparations to Natalie Cole's performance.

Josie and the Pussycats (2001), 8-10 p.m., Channels 64, 26. Bringing the cartoon characters to life, this movie has Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid and Rosario Dawson as members of a pop-music group, confronting evil schemes.

The Drew Carey Show, 9 and 9:30 p.m., Channels 9, 2. In the first new episode, Drew goes back on his promise to avoid alcohol during Kellie's pregnancy. In the second, French Stewart (3rd Rock From the Sun) is an annoying neighbor.

The Simple Life 2: Road Trip, 9 p.m., Channels 19, 45. Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie work at a sausage factory.

Method & Red, 9:30 p.m., Channels 19, 45. Chaka Khan and Kenny Loggins visit the birthday party for Method Man's mom, in the third episode of a deceptively funny show.




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