ABC falls for prime-time dominoes

ABC reaches a curious milestone tonight. "Domino Day 2001" (8 p.m.) salutes five intrepid Americans who have joined a group of Europeans in their attempt to line up nearly 4 million dominoes. Wow! Now that's prime-time programming!

According to a network press release, domino building has become a television phenomenon in both Asia and Europe. Watch out � that's what they said about "Survivor."

The European-American team plans to break a record set by combined Chinese-Japanese-Korean consortium, who lined up 3.4 million dominoes in 2000. Our heroes vow to stack 3.75 million.

It's fitting that Rich Eisen of ESPN is host for this unusual special because it's a show that belongs on basic cable, not network television. Frankly, there was a time when I would have been surprised if even ESPN2 could find room in its schedule for "Domino Day."

What's next? Professional mahjong? Kite-flying? Competitive fly-swatting?

Tonight's highlights

� Syd falls for a man with a delicate condition on a repeat of "Providence" (7 p.m., NBC).

� Tom Hanks stars in the 1988 comedy "Big" (7 p.m., Fox).

� Rufus Sewell stars in the 1998 sci-fi thriller "Dark City" (7 p.m., UPN).

� Lydia settles on her career choice on a repeat of "That's Life" (8 p.m., CBS).

� Scheduled on "Dateline" (8 p.m., NBC): A report on the estimated 27 million people currently living as slaves.

� Scheduled on "48 Hours" (9 p.m., CBS): A lawyer's son trains to become a professional cowboy.

� A trail of evidence leads upstate on a repeat of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (9 p.m., NBC).

� John Stossel examines child welfare laws on a repeat ABC News Special (9 p.m.).

Series notes

All are repeats ... Jimmy quickly blows his windfall on "Yes, Dear" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Tom Bergeron hosts "America's Funniest Home Videos" (7 p.m., ABC) ... Josh's lonely boss (George Wendt) takes up all of his time on "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (7 p.m., WB).

Raccoon problems on "The Ellen Show" (7:30 p.m., CBS) ... On the first of two episodes of "Raising Dad" (WB), invasion of privacy (7:30 p.m.), and Sarah casts a cute jock in her school play (8:30 p.m.).

Neighborly disapproval on "Reba" (8 p.m., WB).

Late night

Lauren Graham appears on "Late Show With David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno hosts Elijah Wood and Tantric on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).

Bill Maher welcomes George Wallace, Jill Stewart, Floyd Brown and Snoop Dogg on "Politically Incorrect" (11:05 p.m., ABC).

Cousteau performs on "The Late, Late Show With Craig Kilborn" (11:37 p.m., CBS).


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