Monday, January 7, 2002
Even a sub-par episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond" (8 p.m., CBS) is funnier than most sitcoms. Tonight, Ray has a domestic epiphany and realizes that Debra makes all of the household decisions. He demands input on such matters as wallpaper, drapes and family vacations. But when he asserts himself by purchasing a cheap brand of tissues, Ray realizes that he has touched upon a larger issue.
ï¿½ 2001 will be remembered for many things. On a very minor note, it may be recalled as the year that viewers finally got sick of "Ally McBeal" (8 p.m., Fox). It was also the year that music fans abandoned megadiva Mariah Carey.
Tonight, Carey guest stars on the legal soap opera and performs "Lead the Way" from her new album, "Glitter." Carey plays Candy Cushnip, a client of a matchmaking service being sued by recurring character Kimmy Bishop (Jami Gertz).
ï¿½ Insomniac alert! "Last Call with Carson Daly" (12:35 a.m., NBC) becomes the latest entry in the late, late talk show wars. During Daly's first week, his guests include fellow MTV veteran Jon Stewart, musician Alicia Keys, rap mogul Suge Knight and actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
ï¿½ Find out who has both muscles and brains. Regis Philbin hosts former Olympics stars, including Tai Babilonia, Oscar de la Hoya, Mike Eruzione, Mia Hamm, Dan Jansen, Bruce Jenner, Marion Jones and Mary Lou Retton on a special episode of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" (7 p.m., ABC). Taped on location at a theme park resort near Orlando, Fla.
Tonight's other highlights
ï¿½ Joe Rogan hosts the second-season debut of "Fear Factor" (7 p.m., NBC).
ï¿½ A camera crew from a "reality" series hounds Doc on "Third Watch" (8 p.m., NBC).
ï¿½ Baltimore takes on Minnesota on the season finale of "Monday Night Football" (8 p.m., ABC).
ï¿½ Alison Elliot stars as a budding opera talent from a small farm town in the repeat of the 2001 drama "Song of the Lark" on "Masterpiece Theatre" (8 p.m., PBS). Based on a novel by Willa Cather.
ï¿½ George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez and Ving Rhames star in the 1998 cop-and-robber romance "Out of Sight" (8 p.m., USA), based on a novel by Elmore Leonard.
ï¿½ Jordan investigates the shooting of a masked bank robber on "Crossing Jordan" (9 p.m., NBC).
UPN and WB shows are repeats ... Doug shows off his sense of taste on "King of Queens" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Harper receives a call from death row on "Boston Public" (7 p.m., Fox) ... Darryl feels ill-prepared for Sydney's milestone on "The Hughleys" (7 p.m., UPN) ... Annie's advice proves unwise on "7th Heaven" (7 p.m., WB).
A death in the family on "Yes, Dear" (7:30 p.m., CBS) ... A birthday concert on "One on One" (7:30 p.m., UPN).
Nikki takes a stand on "The Parkers" (8 p.m., UPN).