Kathie Lee returns to daytime

Friday, May 18, 2001

Kathie Lee Gifford has been busy this spring. She did sweeps guest spots on "Just Shoot Me" and "The Drew Carey Show." Tonight, she hosts the 28th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (8 p.m., NBC) honoring the year's best talk shows, soap operas and daytime game shows. In short, all of the TV I don't cover in this primetime column.

Among the biggest highlights is the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to longtime TV veteran Ralph Edwards.

Gifford will be joined by presenters including Martha Stewart, Rosie O'Donnell, Al Roker, Pat Sajak and Gifford's "Regis" replacement Kelly Ripa. Dozens of soap stars from the casts of "Days of Our Lives," "Passions" and "All My Children" will also appear.

� As sweeps month dwindles down to its last few nights, CBS and Fox abandon their regularly scheduled shows. Fox is hoping that audiences that never warmed to its "Police Videos" and "The Lone Gunmen" will swarm to the 1998 raunchy comedy "There's Something About Mary" (7 p.m.).

Over on CBS, "Diagnosis Murder" and "The Fugitive" make way for "Batman and Robin" (7 p.m.) starring George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman and Alicia Silverstone.

� She danced in Elvis movies and appeared on "Star Trek." In the year 1974, she starred in the hilarious "Young Frankestein," and appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's brooding masterpiece "The Conversation." Teri Garr has had a long and varied career as a screen funny woman. The actress is profiled tonight on "Biography" (7 p.m., A&E).

Tonight's other highlights

� Syd's romantic feelings for a married congressman (Steven Eckholdt) lead to photos and possible scandal on the season finale of "Providence" (7 p.m., NBC).

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

� A legendary sports writer and broadcaster looks back at the highlights of his career on the repeat documentary "Dick Schaap: Flashing Before My Eyes" (7 p.m., ESPN).

� On back-to-back episodes of "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (WB), Eden's Crush stops by (7 p.m.), and Sabrina's efforts to boost Miles' social life lead to trouble (7:30 p.m.). The first episode is the season finale, followed by a repeat.

� Brooke and Sam make a prom compromise on the season finale of "Popular" (8 p.m., WB).

� Scheduled on "20/20" (9 p.m., ABC): an interview with former stripper Priscilla Sue Galey, friend of alleged spy Robert Hanssen; dangerous health conditions at nail salons.

Series notes

Drew Carey hosts back-to-back repeat episodes of "Whose Line is it Anyway" (7 p.m., ABC).

Regis Philbin hosts "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" (8 p.m., ABC).