Tuesday, July 29, 2003
Cuban refugee Juan Carlos Zaldivar explores his complex feelings about his old country and his adopted homeland in the thoughtful documentary "90 Miles" on "P.O.V." (9 p.m., PBS). A self-described "teenage communist" who embraced Castro's revolution and attended an elite Cuban prep school, Zaldivar joined his family in the 1980 exodus known as the Mariel boatlift. Once in Miami, he and his family were embraced by cousins and shocked to see that America was not the land of gangsters, murder and chaos that Castro's propagandists had described.
As an artist and filmmaker, Zaldivar chose to live in New York, abandoning Miami's Little Havana as too conservative and too defined by anti-Castro politics. "90 Miles" subtly explores his family's ambiguous feelings about their new lives, as well as the land and people they left behind.
- "Boy Meets Boy" (8 p.m., Bravo) offers a gay variation on "The Bachelor," but with a twist. Some of the 15 guys vying for the attention of 32-year-old James are actually straight men posing as gay men. Why? According to the show's publicity, this is supposed to explode stereotypes and make us realize that we shouldn't judge people on their appearance. Nonsense. The whole point of the show is to make everyone in the home audience shout "He's gay!" or "He's straight!" at the screen. It's a virtual festival of stereotyping. As reality fare goes, it's no more or less banal than its "straight" counterparts.
Tonight's other highlights
Note: Schedules may vary due to baseball coverage. Please check local listings.
- Rory and Paris compete on "Gilmore Girls" (7 p.m., WB).
- Claude's folks (Cindy Williams and Martin Mull) visit on "Less Than Perfect" (8:30 p.m., ABC).
- An infant's death leads to a major drug ring on "Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit" (9 p.m., NBC). "SVU" will air in this time slot in the fall.
- Sean's marital woes put a damper on Christian's exploits on "Nip/Tuck" (9 p.m., FX).
- David Gest and Liza Minnelli appear on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (11:37 p.m., CBS).
Stuck inside on "Big Brother 4" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Brooke Burns is host of "Dog Eat Dog" (7 p.m., NBC) ... Ryan Seacrest is host of "American Juniors" (7 p.m., Fox).