Monday, June 2, 2003
Success breeds imitation. In that spirit, NBC offers "For Love or Money" (8 p.m., NBC), a new variation on Fox's "Joe Millionaire" and ABC's "The Bachelor."
"Love" turns the tables on the "Joe Millionaire" formula. Soon after the 15 lovely ladies arrive at their temporary Bel Air, Calif., digs, they discover the show's unique hook. The woman who wins the heart of the show's handsome bachelor will also receive a check for a million dollars. And, to make it more intriguing, their potential Prince Charming must be kept in the dark about this financial wrinkle. He's got to believe that it's all about love -- even if the woman who captures his affections is nothing but a gold digger. And, at the end of the series, the lucky winner will learn that she has to make the choice between her suitor and the pile of dough. Hence the title, "For Love or Money."
The show's bachelor, Rob Campos, is a dark and handsome Dallas lawyer. He seems sincere and self-effacing enough for a guy who gets to choose from a cattle call of bachelorettes. While he lacks the unabashed goofiness of Evan Marriott, he's Rudolf Valentino compared to the last "Bachelor," Andrew Firestone.
At two hours, this debut episode is more tiresome and repetitive than necessary. The evening's most bizarre moment occurs when two of the women go on a drinking binge till dawn and wake up all of the other ladies. It's like some bad boarding school nightmare.
Homeowners find their dwellings transformed to match their individual passions in the new series "Monster House" (7 p.m., Discovery), a spin-off of the gear-head how-to show "Monster Garage" (8 p.m.). Executive producer Tom Beers describes "Monster House" as "Christopher Lowell meets Bob Vila on 12 cups of coffee." Chattanooga native Steve Watson will be host of the 13-part series and serve as foreman on the renovations, which will turn ordinary houses into such fabricated fantasies as a tropical-themed domicile complete with tiki-god fireplace and a Vegas-style house with slot-machine toilets.
Tonight's other highlights
- Anaheim and New Jersey meet in game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals (7 p.m., Eastern).
- A time-traveling spy (Mike Myers) returns to the 1960s to retrieve his stolen "mojo" in the 1999 sequel "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" (7 p.m., Fox).
- "The Golden Girls: Their Greatest Moments" (7 p.m., Lifetime) looks back at the enduring popularity of the senior citizen sitcom.
- David Alan Grier is host of the "Young Hollywood Awards" (7 p.m., AMC), honoring up-and-coming film talent.
- A grieving surgeon (Treat Williams) uproots his family to the Rocky Mountains on the pilot episode of "Everwood" (9 p.m., WB).
Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton and Bridget Fonda star in director Sam Raimi's 1998 drama "A Simple Plan" (7 p.m., FX).
Doug's Super Bowl gaffe on "King of Queens" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Wedding woes on "The Parkers" (7 p.m., UPN).