Friday, August 8, 2003
Viewers in search of teen stars from another era might enjoy "Donny Osmond's Animal Adventures" (8 p.m., Travel), celebrating vacation destinations where families get to "interact" with a variety of animals. When I was a kid, they called these "petting zoos." Osmond travels from Arizona's "Out of Africa" safari to a park in the Florida Everglades where families can feed the alligators. And what would an Osmond show be without a trip to Utah and its "Best Friends Animal Sanctuary"? Osmond also takes viewers to Las Vegas, where kids can enjoy a big-top show while their parents "interact" with slot machines.
- "Boomtown" (9 p.m., NBC) moves to its new date and time. This is a bit of a risk for the network and for this solid cop drama. NBC dominated Friday nights with "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," which has now moved to Tuesdays. "Boomtown" wowed critics with its overlapping first-person narrative, but failed to win a huge Sunday-night audience. In tonight's repeat episode, Hechler tries to prove himself during a hostage crisis.
Tonight's other highlights
- Scheduled on "Dateline" (7 p.m., NBC): Tom Brokaw follows four adults as they learn to read for the first time.
- Bernie insults Wanda's boss (Wesley Snipes) on "Bernie Mac" (7 p.m., Fox).
- Sean Connery teams up with Jill St. John in the 1971 James Bond adventure "Diamonds are Forever" (7 p.m., UPN).
- A rooftop fall looks like murder on a repeat "CSI" (9 p.m., CBS).
- Scheduled on "20/20" (9 p.m., ABC): Athletes and female admirers; a Katharine Hepburn retrospective.