Daly fills Hope's shoes for MTV generation

Millions of fans already think of Carson Daly as the Dick Clark of the Boy Band generation. Now he's trying on Bob Hope's shoes as well. Earlier this month, Daly took an entourage of entertainers, including Jennifer Lopez, Kid Rock and Ja Rule, to perform at a military base in Germany. Their efforts appear on "For the Troops: An MTV/USO Special" (1 p.m., MTV). In addition to concert footage, we see performers interacting with the troops and MTV News' Gideon Yago interviewing servicemen and women about how their lives have changed since September 11.

� The ambitious documentary "World Birth Day" (8 p.m., TLC) kicks off 2002 with an inspiring and insightful look at the birth of 12 infants. All of these babies were born on a single day last summer. Nine teams of journalists and camera crews traveled from Beijing to Berlin to San Francisco to document each child's first cry.

Along the way, "Birth Day" reveals how different cultures celebrate an event that is at once momentous, intimate, joyous and dangerous.

� Firsts of a very different kind appear on TV Land. The nostalgia network presents the initial episodes of classic television shows, beginning with "Mannix" (5 a.m.). Highlights included the rarely shown pilot for "I Love Lucy" (9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.). Catch the maiden voyage of "The Love Boat" (7 p.m.), the Mayberry debut of "The Andy Griffith Show" (9 p.m.) and day-old Jed became a millionaire on "The Beverly Hillbillies" (9:30 p.m.). The marathon concludes with the first investigation by "Charlie's Angels" (4 a.m., Wednesday morning).

� The Food Network asks you to give up your diets for another day with their "Unwrapped" marathon, 12 half-hour celebrations of nutritionally empty treats, including "Snacks" (11 a.m.); "French Fries" (1:30 p.m.); something called "Retro Candy" (2:30 p.m.); and "Movie Candy" (5 p.m.). Marc Summers ("History I.Q.") hosts.

Tonight's other highlights

� The toddlers invade the City of Lights in the 2000 animated comedy "Rugrats in Paris" (6:30 p.m., Showtime).

� Stars squeeze their heads into a box filled with centipedes as Joe Rogan hosts a repeat celebrity edition of "Fear Factor" (7 p.m., NBC).

� Wedding plans on back-to-back episodes of "Gilmore Girls" (7 p.m., WB).

� Illinois and LSU meet in the Sugar Bowl (7:30 p.m., ABC).

� The morning after a New Year's rave on "Roswell" (8 p.m., UPN).

� A teen lives on the street because his parents can't abide his lifestyle on "The Guardian" (8 p.m., CBS).

� Bernie gives Jordan lessons in manly toughness on "The Bernie Mac Show" (8 p.m., Fox).

� Maxine goes missing on a repeat of "Judging Amy" (9 p.m., CBS).

Cult choice

A professional wire-tapper (Gene Hackman) descends into paranoia in the 1974 drama "The Conversation" (7 p.m., Encore). A small gem from Francis Ford Coppola.

Series notes

All are repeats ... Mac's sixth sense leads to new clues in a murder investigation on "JAG" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Donna's radio internship threatens Eric's manhood on "That '70s Show" (7 p.m., Fox) ... Misadventures in baby-sitting on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (7 p.m., UPN) ... Reese finds passion in the kitchen on "Malcolm in the Middle" (7:30 p.m., Fox).

Spooked by middle age, Frasier consults his mentor (Rene Auberjonois, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine") on "Frasier" (8 p.m., NBC) ... Turk has no time for J.D. on "Scrubs" (8:30 p.m., NBC) ... Lily's fib leads to car troubles on "Grounded for Life" (8:30 p.m., Fox).

Late night

"Incorrect" and Kilborn are repeats ... Vince Vaughn and Faith Evans appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno hosts Kelly Ripa on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).


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