Tuesday, July 1, 2003
The catwalking, cat-fighting and food issues have not yet settled down on the first season of "America's Next Top Model" (8 p.m., UPN), but the network has decided to renew the show for another season. Producers have already begun a nationwide talent search for the next group of women to compete on the 10-episode season. Applications are now available at www.upn.com. Start starving yourself now.
Alone among this summer's "reality" fare (actually, UPN is calling it a "dramality"), "Model" seems to be gaining viewers with each week, earning the bottom-rated UPN network some of its best numbers ever among young women. For the past few weeks, UPN has opted to skip its usual "Buffy" reruns to air last week's helping of "Model." That's saying a lot.
The documentary series "P.O.V." anticipates Independence Day with the film "Larry v. Lockney" (9 p.m., PBS). Larry Tannahill, a third-generation farmer from rural Texas, was not one to rock the boat. But when his son came home from high school in 2000 and informed his dad of the school's new mandatory drug testing policy, Larry was disturbed. He felt that it infringed on his son's constitutional right to privacy. When he refused to sign a consent form, his son was subject to suspension, drug counseling and removal from extracurricular activities.
To Larry, the drug tests were both a legal and a personal affront. "Traci (his wife) and I have spent years raising our sons, and at the snap of a finger, they're telling me to take a pen and write down, 'Son, I don't trust you."' With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, Tannahill challenged the drug testing, a stance that alienated him from his neighbors and eventually cost him his job.
Catch "Keen Eddie" (8 p.m., Fox) while you can. The summer comedy has failed to find much of an audience in its post-"American Juniors" slot. And that's too bad. The fish-out-of-water tale of an American flatfoot in London is not cutting-edge comedy, but it's frequently laugh-out-loud funny. Tonight, Eddie and his quirky Brit colleagues break up an underground fight club, but not before taking a few on the chin.
Tonight's other highlights
l Contestants Morgan Burke, Lucy Hale and Chantel Kohl face the music on "American Juniors" (7 p.m., Fox).
l The custody battle with Michael goes to court on "Judging Amy" (9 p.m., CBS).
l Three vie for a Greek vacation on "Meet My Folks" (9 p.m., NBC).
l Rodriguez wants his ex-wife in a clinic on "NYPD Blue" (9 p.m., ABC).
A female pilot is accused of harassment on "JAG" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Pointless stunts and skimpy outfits on "Dog Eat Dog" (7 p.m., NBC) ... Paul wants an old-fashioned Halloween on "8 Simple Rules" (7 p.m., ABC) ... Four Thanksgiving feasts on "Gilmore Girls" (7 p.m., WB).
David Duchovny guest stars as a quirky weatherman on "Life with Bonnie" (7:30 p.m., ABC).
After a burglary attempt at Lulu's house, Nick becomes obsessed with her safety on "The Guardian" (8 p.m., CBS) ... Comedy under pressure on "Last Comic Standing" (8 p.m., NBC) ... Jim makes the most of a bank error on "According to Jim" (8 p.m., ABC) ... Lex discovers his lost brother on "Smallville" (8 p.m., WB).
Antonio Banderas, Heidi Klum and Liam Lynch appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Chris Rock and Hilary Swank on "The Tonight Show" (10:50 p.m., NBC).
Andy Dick, Aisha Tyler and Butch Bradley appear on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (11:37 p.m., CBS) ... Ray Liotta, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Burning Brides are booked on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (11:50 p.m., NBC).