Friday, October 8, 2004

TV Best



Gannett News Service

Should-see

Presidential Debate, 9-11 p.m., ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS stations and cable news channels.

The second debate puts George W. Bush and John Kerry in a different setting. It's an audience forum (at Washington University in St. Louis) with regular people asking the questions. Good Morning America's Charles Gibson moderates.

Bill Clinton, a master of regular-guy stuff, easily dominated that situation in a 1992 forum with Bush's father. This time, however, it might be an even matchup as both candidates have performed well under similar circumstances in the past.

Might-see

Enterprise season-opener, 8 p.m., Channel 25.

For a moment last spring, UPN considered the unthinkable: For the first time, it might cancel a series from the Star Trek franchise, a huge moneymaker for UPN's owner, Paramount.

It relented. Paramount agreed to lower its price for the series and to give the show another makeover.

Gone is the militaristic approach and the focus on one major crisis that spanned an entire season. Instead, Enterprise starts with a two-parter similar to stories from the original Star Trek. Archer (Scott Bakula) finds that he's in 1944 New York City with Nazi-like rulers. Is this some alternate world? We'll have to wait until next week to find out.

Worth watching

Hip-Hop Immortals, 8 p.m., BET. Didn't get enough of the hip-hop specials on VH1? Here's another retrospective on the history and impact of the musical genre on our culture.

Joan of Arcadia, 8 p.m., Channels 12, 7. Joan picks an odd school location to plant a garden as a lab experiment.

The Complex: Malibu, 8 p.m., Channels 19, 45. Here's the finale for this reality show. Four couples are remaining; each will auction the cliffside condo it's been remodeling. The one that gets the highest bid wins.

8 Simple Rules, 8 p.m., Channels 9, 22. Cate has accepted the suggestion from the school principal (who is smitten) that she become the school nurse. She soon manages to embarrass Kerry.

Halloweentown High, 8 and 9:35 p.m., Disney Channel. The first two Halloweentown movies have been popular, so here's another. Kimberly J. Brown plays a teen witch with Debbie Reynolds as her grandmother. This time, the girl wants other ghostly sorts to attend regular high school with her.

Grounded for Life, 8:30 p.m., Channels 64, 26. Eddie moves into his brother's basement in order to save money.

Reba, 9 p.m., Channels 64, 26. To go along with her son-in-law's lie, Reba has to pretend she's a lesbian and go out on a date.

Monk (USA Network) or Dead Like Me (Showtime), both 10 p.m. Debate skippers might try either of these two shows, which tend to be droll and clever. Monk is about a detective who is obsessive, compulsive and nervous; Dead Like Me has a woman who uncomfortably snatches other people's souls after her own sudden death at 19.



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