Wednesday, August 27, 2003
For many of us, high school is the last truly egalitarian experience. Sure, there are cliques, but at the end of the day, we all had to take gym class. After graduation, we drift off to different colleges and jobs and settle into various social niches, defined by money, status and power. Hollywood celebrity happens to be one of the least egalitarian experiences. Stars rake in money and live like decadent potentates, surrounded by eager minions and adoring fans. So what were these pampered people like back in high school? "Celebrity Yearbook" (8 p.m., E!) offers a glance at the high school hijinks of Bruce Willis, David Schwimmer, Tyra Banks, Andy Garcia, Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Heather Locklear, Drew Barrymore, David Duchovny, Angelina Jolie and Rita Wilson. In addition to scads of embarrassing class photos, "Yearbook" also features interviews with former teachers and classmates.
- On tonight's repeat of "The West Wing" (8 p.m., NBC), "Friends" star Matthew Perry plays a new White House lawyer who turns up something interesting on his first day on the job. In other "West Wing" news, Gary Cole will join the cast in the new season as the new vice president, Robert Russell, a former congressman from Colorado.
As viewers may recall, the former veep (Tim Matheson) was forced to resign in disgrace.
- Who'd a thunk that a car developed during Hitler's Third Reich could become a lovable Disney character? Relive Volkswagen Beetle-mania with the 1969 comedy "The Love Bug" (7 p.m., Hallmark), starring Dean Jones and Michele Lee. Don Knotts joins Jones in the 1977 sequel "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo" (9:30 p.m., Hallmark).
Tonight's other highlights
- The 1984 documentary "Bette Davis: The Benevolent Volcano" (6 p.m., Turner Classic Movies) reviews the star's life and career. Part of an all-day film salute to Davis.
- Scheduled on "60 Minutes II" (7 p.m., CBS): The creator of the Segway scooter discusses his latest invention and how it promises to change the world.
- Scheduled on "48 Hours Investigates" (9 p.m., CBS): An interview with Jackie Marris, who survived a kidnapping in August 2002.
- On two episodes of "Law & Order" (NBC), a star witness has troubles of his own (7 p.m.), a major league homicide (9 p.m.).
David Spade and Bob Sarlatte appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno hosts Colin Farrell, BB King and Jeff Beck on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).