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BY CLIF GARBODEN

THURSDAY 6

8:00 (2) Queen Victoria’s Empire: Passage to India. Hosted by Mrs. Moore. This series of Queen Vicky’s far-flung holdings considers the British colonization of India. (Until 10 p.m.)

8:00 (6) The Fast and the Furious (movie). Director Rob Cohen’s 2001 actioner about a cop undercover with LA street-rod fanatics. Starring Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. (Until 10 p.m.)

8:00 (10) The End of Friends. A one-hour clip show followed by the finale, in which Jennifer Aniston goes to Paris to live with Baryshnikov. (Until 10 p.m.)

9:00 (2) Frontline: Cyber War. The Internet, remember, isn’t just for oogling and Googling. Everything from banks to railroads to vending machines to the military relies on it. So if you want to go to war, get yourself a good hacker. To be repeated tonight at 2 a.m. on Channel 44. (Until 10 p.m.)

FRIDAY 7

8:00 (64) Spy Kids (movie). Writer/director Robert Rodriguez’s 2001 romp about the children of an espionage couple who have to step in and save mom and dad. Starring Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino (the original Michael J. Fox love interest on Spin City; Karen S. on Karen Sisco), Alexa Vega, and Daryl Sabara. (Until 10 p.m.)

9:30 (2) Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers: Future Car. Repeated from last week. Alda takes a spin into the coming years to see what we’ll be driving. Whatever it really turns out to be, it’ll surely be fueled by petroleum products, because as recent international events prove, those oily guys will do anything to preserve their bottom lines. (Until 10:30 p.m.)

SATURDAY 8

8:00 (12) Hannibal (movie). Alas, not a Punic Wars epic but the 2001 sequel to 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs, with Julianne Moore stepping into Jody Foster’s shoes as agent Clarice Starling. Anthony Hopkins continues to gobble his way through victims as Dr. Lecter. Ray Liotta and Gary Oldman run around in the background as Starling struggles to save her career. (Until 11 p.m.)

8:00 (6) Charlie’s Angels (movie). Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu team up as three high-kicking crimefighters based, more or less, on the characters created by Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Jaclyn Smith for the laughable 1970s TV series. Bill Murray steps in as their supervisor; as originally intended, Charlie is nowhere to be found. Back when the series was on TV, critics pegged it as a "jiggle show" masquerading as feminist empowerment. How times change. (Until 10 p.m.)

9:00 (2) Live from Lincoln Center: Lincoln Center Celebrates Balanchine’s 100. Members of the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society, the Lincoln Center Theater, the New York City Opera, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the School of American Ballet, and the Juilliard School join Peter Martins and New York City Ballet to celebrate choreographer George Balanchine’s 100th year. Hosted by Beverly Sills. (Until 11 p.m.)

11:00 (2) In the Life. Tony winner Cherry Jones hosts this edition of the monthly gay-and-lesbian magazine-format show. Tonight the topic is trends and why gay/lez America plays such a major part in setting them, propelling them, and killing them. Features include a queer guide to New York nightlife and the emergence of the gay/lez market as the prime target demographic for the travel industry and other business sectors. (Until midnight.)

SUNDAY 9

3:00 (6) Basketball. NBA playoff action.

7:00 (6) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (movie). The first HP adaptation, by director Chris Columbus. Seen at least 1000 times already on cable. (Until 11 p.m.)

8:00 (44) Murder at the Gallop (movie). Miss Marple (Margaret Rutherford) suspects murder when the doctors declare heart attack, so in another brilliant strategy the implementation of which is known only to British detectives of a certain era, she gathers all the suspects at a combination boarding house/riding school to sort things out. (Until 9:25 p.m.)

9:00 (2) Masterpiece Theatre: Prime Suspect, part two. This un-numbered edition of the PS series is the first. In the concluding episode, DCI Jane (Helen Mirren) is dismayed when her prime witness can’t deliver the goods on her prime suspect and she realizes she has a serial killer on the loose. To be repeated tonight at 4 a.m., and on Channel 44 at 1 and 4 a.m. (Until 11 p.m.)

Midnight (44) Globe Trekker: Indonesia: Bali and Sulawesi. Repeated from last week. Trekker Shilpa goes to Kuta, then on to Ubud and the volcano at Gunung Batur. Highlights of the trip include a massage, a geyser, a New Year’s party, boat-shaped homes, and a funeral. (Until 1 a.m.)

MONDAY 10

8:00 (44) Globe Trekker: Norway. Trekker Ian never did much like the cold, but he’s back in Scandinavia tonight to river-board (whatever that is), camp under the stars, count polar bears, ride a dogsled, and sail in a Viking-ship replica. Plus, to quote the WGBH program blurb word for word, "he is invited to a colorful wedding and feast — made up of 18 reindeer!" We suspect Prancer and Vixen. (Until 9 p.m.)

9:00 (2) The American Experience: Tupperware. The story of Brownie Mae Humphrey, the woman who built and ran the Tupperware empire. Just like Martha Stewart decades later, Humphrey caught a lot of crap because she was a woman in business exploiting the domestic-economy market. Then again, Humphrey’s sales plan involved letting housewives earn the commissions. Those Tupperware–party hostesses were a cheap labor pool, to be sure, but the gimmick also provided an opportunity for women who had a hard time finding a place in the post-war job market. Kathy Bates narrates this entertaining look inside the plastic-dish game. To be repeated tonight at 1:30 and 5 a.m., and on Channel 44 at 2 and 4 a.m. (Until 10 p.m.)

TUESDAY 11

7:30 (2) La Plaza: Dunno. Okay, we’ve tried to hold our tongue, but this is becoming a real problem. First, the WGBH folks stopped sending program schedules on paper and delivered then via e-mail. That was fine. Next, they started posting all their shows on their wgbh.org site, but what was listed on the site and what was on the e-mailed schedules were sometimes in conflict. Then they changed the format of the e-mailed schedules so they’re barely readable, and they removed all program descriptions. According to the e-mailed schedule, this edition of La Plaza is titled "A Different Way of Seeing" (no further explanation offered). On wgbh.org, it’s not even listed. In the May GBH members magazine, it’s listed as "Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Rocio Saenz." (Saenz is an immigrant union leader.) Is this fair treatment of one of the few Hispanic shows on Boston TV? (Until 8 p.m.)

8:00 (44) Dusty Springfield: Reflections. Pet Clark and B.J. Thomas host this collection of performance clips featuring the incomparable Mary O’Brien (Dusty Springfield), who got the pop world’s attention with such diverse fare as "The Look of Love" (Burt Bacharach) and "Son of a Preacher Man." To be repeated on Thursday at 5 p.m. (Until 9 p.m.)

9:00 (2) Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers: Don’t Forget. An SAF editions devoted to . . . wait, we have to look it up again. Alan Alda explains how we learn and remember and how we can be fooled by a false memory. He also visits some elderly folk whose short-term recall is completely shot, so they live in the immediate or the distant past. And we look at some studies toward a way of curing (or at least preventing or delaying) Alzheimer’s disease. To be repeated tonight at 2 and 5 a.m. on both Channel 2 and 44. (Until 10 p.m.)

9:00 (10) Dateline Special: Frasier Interviews. More hype (the Frasier series finale airs Thursday at 8:54 p.m.) pretending to be news. (Until 10 p.m.)

9:00 (44) Saigon, USA. It’s in Orange County, California, and it’s the world’s second largest concentration of Vietnamese — mostly people who ran off when the city fell to the Vietcong in 1975. Talk about being culturally conflicted. (Until 10 p.m.)

10:00 (2) Independent Lens: Refugee. Three Cambodian-Americans raised in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district return to the old country to meet their long-lost families. (Until 11 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY 12

8:00 (44) National Geographic Specials: Dawn of the Maya, Inca Mummies: Secrets of a Lost World, and Egypt Eternal: The Quest for Lost Tombs. This is, we presume, Indiana Jones night. All three shows will be repeated tonight, starting at 12:30 a.m., on Channel 2. (Until 11 p.m.)

9:00 (2) Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s. A wide-ranging look at dementia, from the personal tragedies it induces to the international search for a cure. And if you think these old people who ask you how your sister is every 20 minutes are just being difficult, check out the physical differences between a normal brain and an afflicted one at www.ahaf.org/alzdis/about/BrainAlzheimer.htm. (Until 10:30 p.m.)

10:00 (12) The Carol Burnett Show: Let’s Bump Up the Lights. A new special reuniting Burnett with Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway for some seen and unseen bits from Burnett’s 1967-’78 variety-show Q&A sessions with the audience. (Until 11 p.m.)

10:30 (2) Alzheimer’s: The Help You Need. Frasier’s David Hyde Pierce hosts a panel discussion among doctors, shrinks, social workers, and the like to answer common queries about Alzheimer’s disease and point viewers to publications, Web sites, and organizations that offer support and information to victims and their kin. (Until 11 p.m.)

THURSDAY 13

8:00 (2) Queen Victoria’s Empire: The Moral Crusade. With production values comparable to those of a "sophisticated classroom slide show," this series on Queen Vic’s years on the throne is frighteningly educational. Tonight’s edition looks at events just after Prince Albert’s death. Dr. Livingston gets lost in Africa, Gladstone and Disraeli shout each other down in conflicting attempts to change the course of empire, the Brits "acquire" the Suez Canal, and everybody tries to colonize Africa at once. A busy decade, for sure. (Until 9 p.m.)

9:00 (2) Frontline: The Killer at Thurston High. A look at a pre-Columbine school shooting. The 1998 murders took place at Thurston High in Oregon. The killer, Kip Kinkel, woke up, shot mom and dad, then went to school and opened fire (two dead; 25 wounded). Produced in 1999. (Until 10 p.m.)

10:00 (10) E.R. The season finale, in which Neela marries the Croatian guy, Nurse Sam admits she’s going to have Dr. Ross’s baby, and Makemba probably dies, because Thandie Newton’s a guest star. (Until 11 p.m.)


Issue Date: May 7 - 13, 2004
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