Wednesday, July 2, 2003
Hype for the second "Terminator" sequel has everything to do with the new "Biography" (7 p.m., A&E;) profile of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Twenty-five years ago, the Austrian-born muscle man was considered a pop curiosity. The 1977 film "Pumping Iron" looked at the quirky side of the Mr. Universe competition. But few imagined that the foreigner with a funny name and a thick, almost incomprehensible accent could become a major star. Then Arnold parlayed his pecs into the comic book role of a lifetime. "Conan the Barbarian" made him a box-office attraction, and the sleeper success of the low-budget 1984 thriller "Terminator" gave him "I'll be back" -- the best catchphrase of his generation.
Actor James Woods becomes a time traveler of sorts to host the new investigative historical series "Moments in Time" (8 p.m., Discovery). Every week, Woods will transport himself backward through history, by means of computer graphics and dramatic recreations, to a particular moment to describe events as they are unfolding. In tonight's series debut, Woods explores how Gen. George Washington saved both his army and his reputation while enduring the harsh winter of 1777-78 in Valley Forge, Pa.
Close pals and soccer buddies vie for the same woman on "Dating Experiment" (9 p.m., ABC). If any show can put a nail in the coffin of the romance-reality genre, it's this one.
Tonight's other highlights
- Scheduled on "60 Minutes II" (7 p.m., CBS): a father fights for his son's life; women Vietnam vets; America's poet laureate.
- Debbie Allen and Joey Fatone are hosts of "Fame" (7 p.m., NBC).
- Marg Helgenberger stars in the conclusion of the 2000 drama "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town" (8 p.m., CBS), based on the JonBenet Ramsey case.
- On back-to-back episodes of "Law & Order" (NBC), a very competitive kindergarten (8 p.m.), and a violent writer may be behind a cab driver's demise (9 p.m.).
- Nicole Kidman plays a Russian mail-order bride in the 2001 drama "Birthday Girl" (10 p.m., Starz).
Tom Poston and Betty White guest star on "That '70s Show" (7 p.m., Fox) ... Michael and Jay try to become peacemakers on "My Wife and Kids" (7 p.m., ABC) ... Archer and Reed face execution on "Enterprise" (7 p.m., UPN) ... Holly feels the heat on "Boarding House: North Shore" (7 p.m., WB).
The results are tallied on "American Juniors" (7:30 p.m., Fox) ... A Halloween deception on "George Lopez" (7:30 p.m., ABC).
Regis Philbin and 3 Doors Down appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Reese Witherspoon, Steve Zahn and music by Ginuwine on "The Tonight Show" (10:50 p.m., NBC).