'Cheetah Girls' fail to find harmony

Former "Cosby" star Raven stars in the new cable musical "The Cheetah Girls" (7 p.m., Disney). The film focuses on four teens attending a "Fame"-type high school of music and arts. "Cheetah" refers to their musical ensemble, their own private girl's club and their overall attitude.

This being a musical (about a musical competition, of all things), the girls' New York high school, apartments and the very streets on which they live seem fantastically fake. Like many musicals, "Cheetah" can be enjoyed for its costume changes alone.

Produced by Whitney Houston and based on a series of books of the same name, "Cheetah" is a colorful but painfully predictable casserole of "you go, girl" blather and corporate pop. Words like "diva" and "bling" are uttered with annoying frequency.

  • Singer India.Arie guest-stars on a repeat of "Bernie Mac" (7 p.m., Fox). This standout episode concerns Bernie's awkward attempts to help his eldest niece, Vanessa, realize her potential by encouraging her to run for school office. Bernie enlists the aid of the popular singer when Vanessa's attempts to organize a school talent show run aground. Like the best and rarest of television comedies, this series is not afraid to try a little tenderness when it seems appropriate.
  • When I was in college, dorm decor was at the bottom of my priority list. But I guess things have changed. HGTV offers a "Back to School Design-a-Thon" beginning at 8 p.m. Things kick off as "Room by Room" (8 p.m.) helps two Kent State students make over their room. "Decorating Cents" (8:30 p.m.) helps a Minnesota freshman transform her room from frilly to hip for "only" $500. "Design on a Dime" (9:30 p.m.) takes a similarly budget-conscious look at a dorm at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Tonight's other highlights

  • Cleveland takes on Green Bay in preseason NFL action (7 p.m., CBS).
  • Roger Moore and Barbara Bach star in the 1977 James Bond installment "The Spy Who Loved Me" (7 p.m., UPN).
  • Colin Firth stars in the solid 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" (7 p.m., A&E;).
  • A columnist (Katharine Hepburn) and a sportswriter (Spencer Tracy) battle it out in the 1942 comedy "Woman of the Year" (7 p.m., Turner Classic Movies). This is part of an all-night Hepburn festival.
  • A religious zealot (Richard Thomas) is accused of multiple murders on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (8 p.m., NBC).
  • McNorris (Neal McDonough) bends the law to protect the son of a political connection on "Boomtown" (9 p.m., NBC).
  • Scheduled on "20/20" (9 p.m., ABC): a Florida murder, solved after five years; fad diets; gay themes in pop culture.

Series notes

Tom Bergeron is host of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (7 p.m., ABC) ... On two episodes of "Reba" (WB): dating Kyra's boyfriend's dad (7 p.m.), back in circulation (8 p.m.).

Wanda's expose turns into a testimonial after her subject dies on "Wanda at Large" (7:30 p.m., Fox) ... Office politics on "What I Like About You" (7:30 p.m., WB).

A little cheat on "Boston Public" (8 p.m., Fox) ... Drew Carey is host of "Whose Line is It Anyway?" (8 p.m., ABC) ... The war on drugs on "Grounded for Life" (8:30 p.m., WB).


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