Wednesday, March 20, 2002
When did New Wave become Golden Oldies?
This is the year that Baby Boomers with record collections really begin to feel old. First, Led Zeppelin appears in Cadillac commercials. Now "The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Class of 2002" (8 p.m., VH1) begins to recruit punk and New Wave rockers into its ranks. Yes, it has been a quarter century since "The Talking Heads: 1977." Hey, my copy still plays without skips or pops. (If your idea of music means CDs or MP3s, don't even ask what that means).
The Ramones and the Talking Heads will enter the Cleveland pop parnassus along with such legends as former teen singer Brenda Lee, soul legend Isaac Hayes, crooner/song writer Gene Pitney and the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Other inductees include Jim Stewart, founder of the Stax record label, and the late, great guitarist Chet Atkins. While the Hall of Fame resides in Cleveland, Ohio, this induction ceremony was taped Monday night in New York City. Sadly, the Ramones will be without Joey Ramone, who died of cancer late last year.
ï¿½ "Felicity" (8 p.m., WB) returns for the conclusion of its fourth and final season. Who would have suspected that our heroine could still be agonizing over Ben after four years of college? Ben has traumas of his own when Lauren (Lisa Edelstein) informs him of the life-changing consequences of their brief fling.
Edelstein has certainly been one busy actress. After making quite an impression as a pot-smoking law student prostitute on the pilot of "The West Wing," she has appeared on "Ally McBeal" and "Felicity" and now co-stars on the weak new NBC comedy "Leap of Faith." We know that "Felicity" is approaching its final lap. Don't look for "Faith" to survive beyond this season.
ï¿½ Frank DeCaro, movie critic for "The Daily Show," offers his annual over-the-top Academy Awards round up on "Frank DeCaro: The Big O! True West Hollywood Story" (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central). The witty DeCaro skewers tinseltown hype with glib commentary about this year's nominees. His zingers range from the silly to the raunchy, but rarely descend to the mean-spirited. One example, "This year's Best Picture nominees are fun for the whole family unless you're in the Hanks or Spieilberg families."
ï¿½ If the ancient Israelites had ridden Cannondales, they would have left the Pharaoh's dudes in the dust. This appears to be the moral of "Adventure Quest: Egypt Mountain Bike Exodus" (8 p.m., Outdoor Life Network). World Champion mountain biker Hans Rey retraces Moses' footsteps via mountain bike along the Sinai Peninsula up Mt. Sinai and down to the Red Sea, which fails to part for Rey and his entourage.
Tonight's other highlights
ï¿½ Preparing the kids for school becomes a logistical nightmare on a repeat of "Bernie Mac" (8 p.m., Fox).
ï¿½ Donna testifies before a House committee on a repeat of "The West Wing" (8 p.m., NBC).
ï¿½ McNeil's mistress threatens to tell his wife on "The Job" (8:30 p.m., ABC).
l An arson murder investigation points to environmental extremists on a repeat of "Law & Order" (9 p.m., NBC).
ï¿½ Scheduled on "60 Minutes II" (9 p.m., CBS): The Dartmouth killings; college basketball.
ï¿½ "'80s," "Dawson's," "Grounded" and the second "Enterprise" are repeats ï¿½ Eviction No. 4 on "Survivor: Marquesas" (7 p.m., CBS) ï¿½ Corey contemplates office work on "That '80s Show" (7 p.m., Fox) ï¿½ The family recalls the 1982 movie "E.T." on "My Wife and Kids" (7 p.m., ABC) ï¿½ On back-to-back episodes of "Enterprise" (UPN), danger lurks on a tropical planet (7 p.m.), Trip fraternizes with a female alien (8 p.m.) ï¿½ Joey takes an unlikely beau on "Dawson's Creek" (7 p.m., WB).
ï¿½ Sean and Eddie reunite their old band on "Grounded For Life" (7:30 p.m., Fox) ï¿½ Jim feels intimidated by Dana's salary on "According to Jim" (7:30 p.m., ABC).
ï¿½ Elimination No. 3 on "The Amazing Race" (8 p.m., CBS) ï¿½ Drew decides to help his teen-age boss on "The Drew Carey Show" (8 p.m., ABC).
ï¿½ Titus schemes to get back at Erin on "Titus" (8:30 p.m., Fox).
ï¿½ All are new ï¿½ Bonnie Hunt and N.E.R.D. appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS).
ï¿½ Bill Maher hosts French Stewart, Jill Eikenberry and Debbie Schlussel on "Politically Incorrect" (11:05 p.m., ABC).
ï¿½ Edward Burns, Patton Oswalt and Ravi Shankar are scheduled on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (11:35 a.m., NBC) ï¿½ Melina Kanakaredes, Barry Watson, and Clem Snide appear on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (11:37 p.m., CBS).