Lifetime tackles Max Factor heir story

Based on court transcripts and news accounts, "A Date with Darkness: The Trial and Capture of Andrew Luster" (8 p.m., Lifetime) stars Jason Gedrick as the handsome heir to the Max Factor fortune who used the drug GHB to sedate women so that he could repeatedly rape them. And he videotaped them, too.

Marla Sokoloff ("The Practice"), Sara Carter and Stephanie Von Pfetten appear as three of his victims. Remarkably free of dramatic tension, "Date" methodically ticks off Luster's crimes, capture, escape and recapture. Like other movies of this ilk, "Date" treads the fine line between exploitation and education. For every queasy scene of a victim watching a tape of herself being violated, we receive a lesson about the evils of date-rape drugs.

What is the most dangerous animal on Earth? A stupid human with a short attention span. "Animal Cops: Houston" (9 p.m., Animal Planet) follows members of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as they combat abuse and mistreatment across 2,500-square miles of Texas. Tonight, cops come upon an abandoned farm containing hundreds of exotic critters, including ostriches and wild boar, living in squalid conditions.

Speaking of human cruelty, the reality series "Who Wants to Marry My Dad?" (9:08 p.m., NBC) wraps up tonight. So which candidate will Don's kids choose? Will it be Christy, the former Miss USA who doesn't know how to boil an egg, or Christena, the event planner who has never dated a guy who wasn't rich?

Tonight's other highlights

  • "That's Incredible: The Reunion II" (7 p.m., ABC) looks back at mediocre "reality" TV from the Reagan era.
  • New Orleans is host of Philadelphia in preseason NFL action (7 p.m., ESPN).
  • "Days of Our Lives" star Kristian Alfonso hosts "Secret Lives" (7 p.m., Lifetime), a new series profiling people who have led double lives or have encountered people with a secret past.
  • Preschoolers anticipate their first day in class on a primetime "Blue's Clues" (7 p.m., Nickelodeon) special.
  • Rob Campos returns on "For Love or Money 2" (8 p.m., NBC).
  • Colm Feore stars in the 1999 miniseries "Storm of the Century" (8 p.m., ABC, part two of three), written by Stephen King.
  • During "Shark Week," even "Monster Garage" (8 p.m., Discovery) gets into the act. Host Jesse James and his crew turn a pontoon boat into a shark-diving craft.
  • "Gay Hollywood" (9 p.m., AMC) presents an unscripted view of five men trying to make it in the film capital as open homosexuals. Most of these guys are shallow, self-absorbed and deluded about their intrinsic fabulousness. The same could be said for this documentary.

Series notes

Hot tickets on "Yes, Dear" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Joe Rogan is host of "Fear Factor" (7 p.m., NBC) ... A troubled teen moves into a posh address on "The O.C." (7 p.m., Fox) ...

A Valentine's Day dud on "Still Standing" (7:30 p.m., CBS) ... Living la vida sleazy on "Paradise Hotel" (8 p.m., Fox) ... Williams' new horizons on "Girlfriends" (8 p.m., UPN) ..... Dee Dee's fib on "Half & Half" (8:30 p.m., UPN).

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