Wednesday, July 14, 2004

TV Best Bets



Gannett News Service

Must-see

CMA Music Festival, 9-11 p.m., Channels 12, 7.

Some of the top names in Nashville, Tenn., take turns performing. The lineup ranges from veterans with a pile of hits - Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Hank Williams Jr. - to such fresh names as Gretchen Wilson ("Redneck Woman") and Dierks Bentley ("What Was I Thinkin'?").

Others include LeAnn Rimes, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Terri Clark, Keith Urban, Pat Green and, from the rock world, Uncle Kracker.

Worth watching

The Next Action Star, 8 p.m., Channels 5, 22. The actors face a scary scene called "Watery Grave," which involves trying to get through a net while holding their breath under water.

The Quintuplets, 8:30 p.m., Channels 19, 45. Two sets of quintuplets are competing for the same commercial.

Mystery: Thief of Time, 9 p.m. Channel 16 and 10 p.m., Channel 48. If you missed Sunday's debut of this movie catch it now. The story, based on a Tony Hillerman novel, is OK, with Wes Studi and Adam Beach as Navajo tribal police in a plot that ranges from pottery theft to murder. The story comes alive mainly because of the skills of the director, Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals).

The Drew Carey Show, 9 and 9:30 p.m., Channels 9, 2. In these new episodes, Drew and Kellie have a dog-track scheme designed to raise money for their upcoming baby.

Simple Life 2: Road Trip, 9 p.m., Channels 19, 45. In Texas, Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie cause more trouble. This time they run off with a local boy from a hippie family.

Law & Order, 9 and 10 p.m., Channels 5, 22. In the first rerun, a body floating in the river soon provides a link to scandal among divorce lawyers. In the second, a Yankee fan is much-hated for catching a foul ball before the Yank outfielder can get it. When he's murdered, the city is full of suspects.

Method & Red, 9:30 p.m., Channels 19, 45. The guys lure an investor, played by Carmen Electra, in order to get money for their latest scheme.




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