'Designing Women Reunion' packs nostalgia

The staff of Atlanta's most famous interior design firm converge for a 90-minute "Designing Women Reunion" (7 p.m., Lifetime). One of the most popular and critically acclaimed shows of its time, "Designing Women" ran from 1986 to 1993 and starred Dixie Carter as the wise, advice-dispensing Julia Sugarbaker and Delta Burke as her sister Suzanne, who modeled herself after Atlanta's most popular fictional character, Scarlett O'Hara. Jean Smart and Annie Potts rounded out a cast of smart, sassy women, and Meshach Taylor starred as Anthony Bouvier, the ex-con handyman who tried his best to stay out of the way when the zingers started flying.

"Designing Women" lost some of its steam after Delta Burke departed in 1991 amid much backstage drama. Burke, like the rest of the cast, has starred in many series since (remember "Woman of the House"?), but none has had the cast chemistry or success of "Designing Women." Look for hugs and reminiscences, clips and outtakes on tonight's cast reunion.

  • Move over, Three Tenors, "Great Performances" (9 p.m., PBS) presents "The Three Pickers: Legends of American Music." Bluegrass masters Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs appeared together on stage last December at the R.J. Reynolds Auditorium in Winston-Salem, N.C., delighting an enthusiastic audience with old favorites including "Foggy Mountain Top."

Tonight's other highlights

  • "History Detectives" (7 p.m., PBS) examines a woman who claims that abolitionist John Brown was her ancestor.
  • Eddie Murphy stars in the 2000 sequel "Nutty Professor II" (7 p.m., Fox).
  • Jennifer Aniston stars in the minimum-wage comedy "Office Space" (7 p.m., Comedy Central), directed by Mike Judge.
  • An out-of-control child ruins a couple's friendship with Debra and Ray on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (8 p.m., CBS).

Series notes

Gate-crashing on "Yes, Dear" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Joe Rogan is host of "Fear Factor" (7 p.m., NBC) ... Fear runs rampant on "The Parkers" (7 p.m., UPN).

Erin makes her choices on "For Love or Money 2" (8 p.m., NBC) ... William's holiday dilemma on "Girlfriends" (8 p.m., UPN) ... Fortune smiles on Mona on "Half and Half" (8:30 p.m., UPN) ... Thanksgiving prep work on "King of Queens" (8:30 p.m., CBS).

Late night

Jesse Grabow appears on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Ben Affleck, Erin Brodie and John Mellencamp on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).


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