Wednesday, April 2, 2003
The artist who defined the Woodstock generation is now a grandmother nearing 60. The "American Masters" documentary "Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind" (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) is the first full-length film made with the reclusive singer/songwriter's participation.
This revealing film is a real treat for Mitchell's many devoted fans. Her brand of poetic and autobiographical songwriting gained significance at a time when the currents of popular culture were shifting from political concerns to personal introspection. "Heart and Mind" mines a wealth of concert footage, personal snapshots and historic audio recordings of never-released songs. It includes home movies shot by Graham Nash that Nash himself hasn't seen for 30 years, ever since he and Mitchell shared "Our House" in L.A.'s then-bohemian Laurel Canyon. Another home movie includes clips of Mitchell, Judy Collins and Mama Cass Elliot at the 1968 Big Sur Folk Festival.
If last week's debut is any indication, the latest installment of "The Bachelor" (8 p.m., ABC) is certain to invite comparisons to "Joe Millionaire." Andrew Firestone, is after all, a millionaire. But like a reverse Evan Marriott, he's hiding that key detail from his bevy of female suitors. They arrived last week, squealing in anticipation, one limo-load at a time.
Firestone has none of Marriott's aw-shucks charm. He speaks with the efficiency and certainty of a professional currency trader. Maybe because that's his day job.
Tonight's other listings
- A crisis aboard Air Force One on "The West Wing" (8 p.m., NBC).
- A maid upsets domestic tranquility on "The Bernie Mac Show" (8 p.m., Fox).
- Two singles are given a $50 budget as they plan a menu to woo a special someone on "Date Plate" (8:30 p.m., Food), a culinary variation on the dating-reality genre.
- An ex-con with a literary flair may have murdered a cab driver on "Law & Order" (9 p.m., NBC).
Arsenio Hall hosts "Star Search" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Eric can't make the payments on Donna's ring on "That '70s Show" (7 p.m., Fox) ... Michael counts on a big award on "My Wife and Kids" (7 p.m., ABC) ... Absorbed by a giant alien craft on "Enterprise" (7 p.m., UPN) ... Pacey and Joey bicker on "Dawson's Creek" (7 p.m., WB).
Helen Hunt, Jeremy Suarez and Cory Branan appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno hosts golfer Annika Sorenstam and The Wallflowers on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).