Wednesday, August 4, 2004

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Must-see

Rescue Me, 10 p.m., FX.

Last week, Chief Jerry Reilly (superbly played by Jack McGee) turned ugly. He had meant to verbally confront the retiree who told a reporter about being a gay firefighter. Instead, he ended up beating the guy brutally. Now, in a powerful story line, Reilly scrambles to save his job, his pension and more. Meanwhile, Lt. Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary) sinks deeper into his plan to sabotage his estranged wife's new boyfriend. And - in a wonderful little scene - Lt. Lou Shea (John Scurti) finally shows his poetry to his wife, who assumes he's been busy watching porn.

Bet Your Life, 8-10 p.m., Channels 5, 22.

Last week, viewers saw Sean Carrigan and Corinne van Ryck de Groot win Next Action Star. That included lead roles in this film.

He plays a former pro quarterback who is now a Las Vegas limo driver with a gambling problem. She plays a bounty hunter. He's chasing a psychopath (Billy Zane); she's chasing him and things blow up a lot.

Worth watching

My Wife and Kids, 8 and 8:30 p.m., Channels 9, 2. Both reruns deal with Michael's kids and driving. In the first, his son buys his first car; in the second, his daughter gets a learner's permit.

Amish in the City, 8 p.m., Channel 25. Last week, viewers met five young Amish adults in the "rumspringa" phase of their faith. That lets them sample the outside world before deciding whether they want to join the Amish church. Mose, 24, and Ruth, 20, showed a passion for this strange new world. Tonight is the third of the 10 hours.

The Simple Life 2: Road Trip, 9 and 9:30 p.m., Channels 19, 45. The way-too-worldly Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie sample life in quieter spots. They try to help a Texas sheriff and a rancher; then they return home to Los Angeles in the season finale.

Drew Carey Show, 9 and 9:30 p.m., Channels 9, 2. In the first episode, Drew sets up his mom with a date. In the second, he gets Gus ejected from the soccer team.

King of Queens, 9 and 9:30 p.m., Channels 12, 7. In the first rerun, Carrie's dad might get a babysitter. In the second, Carrie meets one of Doug's former girlfriends.

The Real Olympics, 9 p.m., Channel 48. In the second half of this documentary, the ancient and modern games are compared. There are plenty of parallels from the events to the rumors of corruption.

Great Performances: From the Acropolis: A Salute to the Games With the Berlin Philharmonic, 10 p.m., Channel 48. Sir Simon Rattle conducts in the Herodes Atticus Amphitheatre; Daniel Barenboim performs a Brahms piano concerto.

Law & Order, 10 p.m., Channels 5, 22. When a key witness is killed, officials are zealous about finding the shooter.




FOOD
Noodles? In a dessert?
Some coleslaw chops out cabbage
Go Greek and go healthy for the Olympic Games
Zucchini possesses good table manners
Trade Secrets: Tips on dining in and dining out

PEOPLE
For Williams sisters, tennis means fashion
Chappelle gets two more seasons
Cruise ready to fall in love again
Stars shower Solange Knowles
Birthdays

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Thousands wait for first 'Idol' auditions
Advertisers target Olympic audience
Balancing family, duty
Doom 3 returns to violent ways

PLANNING AHEAD
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