HBO throws first punch in series

HBO has rummaged through its attic of outtakes to present "Legendary Nights" (9 p.m., HBO), a series of 12 half-hour documentaries about the most memorable fights in the 30-year history of HBO's ring coverage. The action begins with the much-anticipated welterweight bout between the charismatic Sugar Ray Leonard and Detroit's Thomas Hearns. Much is made of Leonard's desire to replace Muhammad Ali as the face of modern boxing, and his success in becoming one of the highest-paid athletes of his era. As journalist Ralph Wiley observes, the fight more than lived up to its hype. "This was everything people in prior eras remembered about Dempsey-Tunney or Robinson-Basilio or Louis-Schmeling. This (had) that level of rivalry."

Tonight's other highlights

  • The votes are tabulated on "American Idol" (7 p.m., Fox).
  • Scheduled on "60 Minutes II" (8 p.m., CBS): American soldiers discuss their fears of war; fire prevention in nightclubs.
  • It's twice the torture on a two-hour finale of "I'm a Celebrity -- Get Me Out of Here!" (8 p.m., ABC).
  • During a campaign swing, Toby, Josh and Donna are stranded in Indiana after Bartlet's motorcade leaves without them on "The West Wing" (8 p.m., NBC). This is the first of a two-part story that set a meandering and condescending tone for a disappointing season.
  • The discovery of skeletal remains exhumes a nasty secret buried since Sept. 11 on "Law & Order" (9 p.m., NBC).

Series notes

Arsenio Hall hosts "Star Search" (7 p.m., CBS) ... A quirky lawsuit threatens to derail Ed and Frankie's romance on "Ed" (7 p.m., NBC) ... Found money finds trouble on "My Wife and Kids" (7 p.m., ABC) ... Archer and Reed face a firing squad on "Enterprise" (7 p.m., UPN) ... Ghost stories on "Dawson's Creek" (7 p.m., WB).

Angie's dad drops by on "George Lopez" (7:30 p.m., ABC) ... Contrived matchmaking on "Married by America" (8 p.m., Fox) ... An advice-dispensing doll on "The Twilight Zone" (8 p.m., UPN) ... If anyone can figure out the plot to "Angel" (8 p.m., WB), please explain it to me.

Late night

Kate Hudson and Jack Hanna appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS,r) ... Jay Leno hosts Missy Elliott on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).

Al Roker is scheduled on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... William H. Macy, Paris and Nicky Hilton, and Tyrese are booked on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (11:37 p.m., CBS).


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