New reality setting in

Thursday, February 27, 2003

February sweeps are over, and I hope never to see Michael Jackson's face(s) again for the rest of my life. I'm thinking of creating my own reality show: "I'm a TV Critic -- Get Me Out of Here!"

Reality of a grimmer sort emerges tonight. Two documentary series remind us that the world is at war and has been for some time.

In tonight's episode, a camera crew rides shotgun as the Special Forces capture an al-Qaida member and turn him over for questioning. Members of the regular Army reveal the more mundane and lonely aspects of overseas duty. One soldier, who left a Wall Street accounting job to join the military after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, discusses his job establishing refueling centers for Army vehicles and Apache helicopters.

Tonight's other highlights

Series notes

Gender wars on "Survivor" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Off-key performances on "American Idol: The Best of the Worst" (7 p.m., Fox) ... The fates pay a visit on "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (7 p.m., WB).

A visiting doctor (Jay Mohr) betrays a secret on "Scrubs" (7:30 p.m., NBC) ... Sissy goes on a date on "Family Affair" (7:30 p.m., WB).

Down to 32 on "Are You Hot? The Search for America's Sexiest People" (8 p.m., ABC).

Late night

Tom Arnold and Carmen Electra appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Ellen DeGeneres, George Foreman and DMX on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).