Monday, August 23, 2004

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Gannett News Service


Olympics, 12:30-4 p.m., 8 p.m. to midnight and 12:30-2 a.m., Channels 5, 22. Also broadcast on CNBC, MSNBC, USA and Bravo.

Track-and-field events dominate now. In prime time, teams will vie for gold medals for the men's 400-meter run and discus and for the women's 800-meter. Between 12:30 and 2 a.m., women will compete for gold medals in the triple jump and the 5,000-meter events.

There's more in prime time, including the start of the decathlon and the gold-medal finishes in some gymnastics events.

Part of the beach volleyball semifinals will be shown live during the daytime; the rest will be on tape, during prime time.

Also, late night has men's volleyball with the United States facing Brazil.

Everybody Loves Raymond, 9 p.m., Channels 12, 2.

When Robert and Amy married, an already-terrific show got better. It was able to add the loony members of her family, who make even his people seem normal.

Tonight brings a prime example: Amy's odd brother (Chris Elliott) finally leaves home. He promptly moves in with Robert and Amy, making everyone miserable.

Worth watching

Bojangles (2001), 8 p.m., BET. The memories of two great dancers are sparked by this well-crafted film, originally made for Showtime. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, who died in 1949 at 71, is warmly portrayed by Gregory Hines, who died of cancer last year at 57.

The Italian Job (2003), 8 p.m., Showtime. This caper remake has a clever, twisty plot and lots of fun little cars. Mark Wahlberg stars and this includes another great performance from Charlize Theron.

Balderdash, 8:30 p.m., Pax. This week's guests for this fun game show are Tim Meadows, Stephanie Miller and Rick Overton.

Yes, Dear, 8:30 p.m., Channels 12, 2. Jimmy (Mike O'Malley) has a list of things to do before he dies.

Escape From L.A. (1996),

9 p.m., USA Network. Fifteen years after his classic Escape From New York, John Carpenter made this follow-up. Again, the tough and cynical Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) enters a lawless city. Now he's after a doomsday device.

Two and a Half Men, 9:30 p.m., Channels 12, 2. Alan (Jon Cryer) figures it's time to change his image.

CSI: Miami, 10 p.m., Channels 12, 2. After a woman is both shot and attacked by a shark, one of the suspects is a CSI worker.

Stars' heat warms museum
Celebrities make Freedom Center a reality
Celebrity affiliation helps open wallets
Lighting Freedom's Way
Gov. Joe? Piscopo urged to run in N.J.
Pauley steps into spotlight
'Survivor' star will drop puck
Shields heads back to Broadway
Miami's 'Idol' gets a 'Life'
'Exorcist' frightens movie competition
Body & Mind
N.Ky. authors tout tea's benefits
Session focuses on caregiving's spirituality
Wear whatever you like at the gym
Get to it!
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