Monday, November 4, 2002
It looks like younger viewers can't get enough of dramas about ministers. Let's call it "preacher chic." On tonight's "7th Heaven" (7 p.m., WB) former "Party of Five" star Jeremy London joins the cast as Eric's new assistant pastor. And on tonight's "Everwood" (8 p.m., WB), Dr. Brown (Treat Williams) counsels a troubled minister who appears to be allergic to his wife.
It's no mystery why "Everwood" has emerged as one of this season's real hits. "Everwood" does a nice job of juggling overlapping tales of unrequited love with small, whimsical scenes. In tonight's episode, the uptight Dr. Abbott (Tom Amandes) recoils in embarrassment when his wife insists that they take salsa lessons. It's not cutting-edge television, but "Everwood" recalls a simpler time when television dramas weren't always drenched in sex and casual depravity or ripped from bloody headlines.
ï¿½ All great things must come to an end. "A History of Britain" (8 p.m., History) will wrap up its 20-hour take on 5,000 years of history with its final five hours, tonight and Tuesday. Tonight's installment chronicles changing British attitudes about man and nature, a flirtation with France's revolutionary fervor, and the long reign of Queen Victoria.
Tomorrow night's "History" looks at Britain's role in two world wars and compares the lingering influence of Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Winston Smith, the protagonist of George Orwell's prophetic novel "1984."
ï¿½ Few rock musicians have changed their identities as often as David Bowie. No wonder he's given a two-hour profile on "Biography" (8 p.m., A&E;). Known as Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke and other stage monikers, Bowie gave up his given name, David Jones, to avoid confusion with a certain singing Monkee. Enamored of all things American, he took the name Bowie from James Bowie, inventor of the Bowie knife and hero of the Alamo.
"Biography" takes a warts-and-all approach to the musician's life, dealing frankly with his family's history of mental illness, Bowie's struggles with addiction, and his emotional reaction to the suicide death of his older brother and the murder of his friend and collaborator, John Lennon. Bowie also speaks rather candidly about the forgettable music he churned out in the 1980s. Friends and fellow musicians including Nile Rodgers, Iggy Pop, Trent Reznor, Moby and Brian Eno are interviewed.
ï¿½ It's back to the showers, the humiliation and the prom as Angela Bettis stars in the television remake of Stephen King's thriller "Carrie" (7 p.m., NBC). While it's impossible to watch this without thinking back to Sissy Spacek's career-making performance, Bettis does bring a scary intensity to her role as the put-upon paranormal teen.
Tonight's other highlights
ï¿½ Scheduled on "20/20" (7 p.m., ABC): an interview with Justin Timberlake.
ï¿½ Ray and Debra bicker over bathroom rights on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (8 p.m., CBS).
ï¿½ The White House calls Jack Bauer back into service after a one-year hiatus on a repeat of the season premiere of "24" (8 p.m., Fox). Don't go looking for "girls club." It was canceled after only two episodes.
ï¿½ Green Bay hosts Miami on "Monday Night Football" (8 p.m., ABC).
ï¿½ Megan Mullaly ("Will & Grace") gets serious in "The Pact" (8 p.m., Lifetime), a drama examining the emotional toll exacted by two teens' suicide agreement.
ï¿½ "Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Wall of Courage" (8 p.m., Travel) commemorates the 20th anniversary of "The Wall," a stark and controversial monument to those who fell in one of America's most divisive wars.
ï¿½ A male stripper is found dead after entertaining an all-female clientele on "CSI: Miami" (9 p.m., CBS).