Friday, August 6, 2004

TV Best


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Gannett News Service

Pulp Fiction (1994), 8 p.m., Bravo.

This jolting, brilliant movie really should be seen uncut and uninterrupted. Each detail - including the blistering language and violence - is part of director-writer Quentin Tarantino's rich tapestry.

Short of that, sit back and catch it here. Tarantino has stories that seem, at first, unrelated. All view a world of tough guys who are about to be shaken.

Along the way are powerful moments for John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman and Ving Rhames.

Tiger Cruise, 8 and 9:30 p.m., Disney Channel.

A Navy tradition lets families spend a week on board a working ship, seeing their kin's life.

That took a detour on Sept. 11, 2001. Suddenly civilians were on a ship that was on full war alert.

Now that has been turned into a family-friendly drama. The story is fairly stiff, but the actors sometimes bring it to life. Hayden Panettiere (from Raising Helen and Remember the Titans) is an appealing star, with Bill Pullman as her dad.

Worth watching

The Long, Long Trailer (1954), 6:15 p.m., Turner Classic Movies. On the 93rd anniversary of her birth, TCM devotes the day to Lucille Ball. This is the slapstick comedy she made with then-husband Desi Arnaz, at the peak of their popularity. It's followed by Du Barry Was a Lady (1943), with Red Skelton, at 8 p.m., and Yours, Mine and Ours (1968), a low-key pleasure with Henry Fonda and lots of kids, at 10.

Joan of Arcadia, 8 p.m., Channels 12, 7. God tells Joan to build a boat. Anyone familiar with Noah's story knows that's worthy advice.

The George Lopez Show, 8 p.m., Channels 9, 2. George fumes about his daughter's driving.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), 8 and 10 p.m., TBS. A popular computer-game character becomes the impressive form of Angelina Jolie. She plays an archeologist and adventurer who must destroy two relics that could control time. Jon Voight, Jolie's real-life father, plays her dad.

Hope & Faith, 9 p.m., Channels 9, 2. Back in her soap-star days, Faith (Kelly Ripa) had a maid. Now the woman shows up, needing work.

Monk, 10 p.m., USA Network. When the Mega-Mart's employee-of-the-month is crushed by a stack of TV sets, Monk (Tony Shaloub) goes undercover. He's working with the store's security chief, a disgraced ex-cop, played by Enrico Colantoni.

Nighty Night debut, 10 p.m., Oxygen. Only the British would create a character this vile, self-centered and funny. Jill Farrell (Julia Davis) feels life is all about her. Because her husband is dying of cancer, she wants to savor all the sympathy and attention; she also wants to start recruiting new boyfriends. The result is humorous, in its own darkly twisted way.



TEMPO STORIES
Mr. Trump, here we are!
'American Idol's' energy
Tips for avoiding pesky biters

SHOPPING
The Insatiable Shopper

PEOPLE
Brandy willing to swear off men
Falco worked during cancer treatment
Birthdays

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Smith gives movie fans a concert
Nick worries about sharks

PLANNING AHEAD
Get to it!
TV Best Bets
On the fridge