Updated 'Deal' offers the door less chosen

Tuesday, March 4, 2003

Come on down! Is America really clamoring for a warmed-over primetime reincarnation of "Let's Make A Deal" (7 p.m., NBC)? Host Billy Bush tries to fill Monty Hall's shoes, offering oddly dressed studio audience members a chance to choose from "door No. 1, door No. 2 or door No. 3."

While some have scoffed at "Deal," others consider the show a metaphor for life's myriad possibilities. Long before the film "Sliding Doors" or last Sunday's marvelous cosmic meditation on "Six Feet Under," "Let's Make a Deal" offered us the mind-blowing concept that life might be better if only we'd chosen door No. 2. As poet Robert Frost put it, "I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." Some of us are still searching for that road, or that door. After all, why settle for a harvest gold refrigerator/freezer when a Broyhill sectional couch, a complete set of Samsonite luggage, a week's supply of Creamette macaroni and a wardrobe by Mr. Guy are just behind the curtain?

Tonight's other highlights

Series notes

A female pilot is accused of harassment on "JAG" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Paul consults an advice expert on "8 Simple Rules" (7 p.m., ABC)... Anya vents on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (7 p.m., UPN) ... Jim sets a bad example on "According to Jim" (7:30 p.m., ABC).

Parody games on "I'm a Celebrity -- Get Me Out of Here!" (8 p.m., ABC) ... Abby has mixed emotions about Will's break-up on "Abby" (8 p.m., UPN) ... Martha has a run-in with a pint-sized mind reader on "Smallville" (8 p.m., WB).

Adam woos a judge on "A.U.S.A" (8:30 p.m., NBC) ... Tweet guest stars on "The Parkers" (8:30 p.m., UPN).

Late night

George Clooney and The Soundtrack of Our Lives appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno hosts Christopher Walken and The Roots on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).

Adrien Brody and The Donnas are booked on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Ted Danson, Andrew McCarthy and Hattie Winston are on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (11:37 p.m., CBS).