Unfriendly look at post-sitcom life

Now that "Friends" is entering its final season, many have speculated about the future careers of its six stars. While none of them will be wanting for money, they are all actors in the prime of their careers. Thus far, few films starring the "Friends" cast have been critical hits or box office successes. Matthew Perry's latest vehicle "Serving Sara" did nothing to break this stretch of mediocre movies.

Jennifer Aniston's string of disappointments include the 1998 comedy "The Object of My Affection" (7 p.m., ABC). Aniston, or those advising her, clearly do not know how to pick film projects. Let's face it: Aniston's fans know her as a pretty woman with perky hair and a near-perfect body, who makes a fortune every week and happens to be married to Brad Pitt. Why, then, does she suppose that moviegoers will flock to see her as a miserable, single woman who can't get a date or land a man? In her latest film, "The Good Girl," Aniston plays the frumpy wife of a deadbeat.

In "Affection," Aniston portrays a desperate, single, pregnant young woman who enters into a complicated arrangement with her best friend, who happens to be her gay male roommate (Paul Rudd). Look for Allison Janney ("The West Wing") in a supporting role, along with veterans Alan Alda and Nigel Hawthorne.

On tonight's "Friends," (7 p.m. NBC), Monica annoys Rachel's mom (Marlo Thomas) when she fails to invite her to the baby shower.

� Like the music network itself, the MTV Video Music Awards (7 p.m., MTV) is more about sight than sound. No one ever talks about the great songs they heard at these affairs, but many recall the attention-grabbing stunts, like Britney Spears' shimmy with a python. Look for a lot of pierced tongues and barely covered flesh to distract us from the music. If it means anything, I will be rooting for the White Stripes (nominated for four awards), who at least sound like a rock-'n'-roll band. "Saturday Night Live" comedian Jimmy Fallon is host of the affair, broadcast live from New York City.

Tonight's other highlights

� A dead scuba diver is discovered hanging from a tree on "CSI" (8 p.m., CBS).

� Shepard Smith is host of "The Pulse" (8 p.m., Fox).

� A filmmaker examines the changes wrought in the 10 years since the first global environmental summit in Brazil in 1992 on "Wide Angle" (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings).

� Scheduled on "Primetime" (9 p.m., ABC): Diane Sawyer interviews widows of Sept. 11 who have since given birth.


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