Friday, July 18, 2003
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay makes his movie debut in "Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off" (7 p.m., Disney). The host of "Hot Off the Grill with Bobby Flay" agreed to appear in the children's movie to impress his 7-year-old daughter, whom Flay describes as a "Disney Channel junkie."
"Eddie" stars Taylor Ball as 14-year-old baseball star Eddie Ogden. Unlike most middle school jocks, Eddie has a thing for preparing fine meals. He feels conflicted when his struggling team's playoff date coincides with a major cooking contest. Can Eddie live out his culinary dreams without letting his teammates down? It's a Disney movie. What do you think? Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin ("Children of a Lesser God") served as executive producer.
l Lights, cameras, retraction! Veteran correspondent John Kampfner is host of "War Spin: Jessica Lynch" (5 p.m., BBC America), a one-hour indictment of how the British and American military manipulated the media during the invasion of Iraq. The account pays particular attention to what it calls a deceptive and highly orchestrated effort to hype the Jessica Lynch rescue story.
While the world was told that Lynch had been shot, stabbed and imprisoned in an Iraqi hospital, "Spin" reports that Lynch had no stab or bullet wounds, only broken bones -- injuries consistent with a traffic accident. "Spin" presents interviews with the Iraqi doctors and a nurse who treated her, and they explain that Lynch received three bottles of blood, two of them donated by the Iraqi medical staff. One doctor explains how he risked his life to get Lynch back to an American checkpoint, but was forced to return when American soldiers shot at his ambulance.
"Spin" also interviews journalists who felt used and manipulated by the military's "embedding" process. Make no mistake about it, "Spin" has a definite point of view, often presented with withering sarcasm.
Tonight's other highlights
- Scheduled on a two-hour edition of "Dateline" (7 p.m., NBC): Tom Brokaw reports from Baghdad; a 51-year-old man discovers that he had been adopted and that one of his best friends was actually one of his 12 biological siblings.
- Directed by Indian painter M.F. Husain, the 2002 Bollywood feature "Gaja Gamini" (8 p.m., Sundance) celebrates the female image in art, history and mythology. This is part of a two-week salute to Indian film.
- On back-to-back episodes of "The Bernie Mac Show" (Fox): Bernie and Wanda speak with one voice (7 p.m.), a trip to the movies (7:30 p.m.).
- Murder strikes a posh town house on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (9 p.m., NBC).
- Scheduled on "20/20" (9 p.m., ABC): Joan Lunden discusses the joys of new motherhood at the age of 52 in her first interview since bringing home her twin babies born to a surrogate mother. In addition, Tobey Maguire talks about his new movie, "Seabiscuit."
- Scheduled on the season finale of "On the Record with Bob Costas" (10:30 p.m., HBO): Sen. Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Bill Maher and Robert Klein.