Olympic rivals share ice

Who can forget Jamie Sale and David Pelletier? OK, I did. They were the spunky Canadian ice-skating pair who got to share a controversial gold medal with their Russian rivals Elena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze at last year's winter Olympics. I'm surprised that the current crop of French-bashers hasn't revived that outrage. Remember, there was a compromised French judge at the center of the contretemps.

Both duos perform on tonight's "Stars on Ice" (8 p.m., A&E;), where the 2002 Olympic men's champion Alexei Yagudin also makes his professional debut. They are joined by veterans Todd Eldredge, Katarina Witt and Scott Hamilton.

l Oh, what a tangled web they weave. Chris Potter stars in the 2001 shocker "Arachnid" (8 p.m., Sci Fi), not to be confused with 1990 thriller "Arachnophobia" (9 p.m., Cinemax). If eight-legged freaks don't make you tingle, there's always the 1999 shocker "Bats" (9:15 p.m., TBS), starring Lou Diamond Phillips and Dina Meyer.

Tonight's other highlights

  • Scheduled on "Profiles from the Front Line" (7 p.m., ABC): Special Forces search for heavy weapons; preparing meals for 3,500 soldiers.
  • BeBe Winans, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Smokie Norful, Dr. Bobby Jones, Trin-I-Tee 5:7, Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams and many others perform on "Celebration of Gospel 2003" (7 p.m., BET).
  • Scheduled on "The Pulse" (8 p.m., Fox): a Kansas murder spree.
  • A troubled Saudi doctor disappears on "Without a Trace" (9 p.m., CBS).
  • Scheduled on "PrimeTime" (9 p.m., ABC): the Clara Harris trial.

Series notes

Contests and elimination on "Survivor" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Rachel's sister (Christina Applegate) spoils the holiday on "Friends" (7 p.m., NBC) ... Shaggy and Scooby show up on "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" (7 p.m., WB).

Heather Locklear guest stars on "Scrubs" (7:30 p.m., NBC) ... Sissy faces charges for a quality of life violation on "Family Affair" (7:30 p.m., WB).

Grace lets her guard down around Leo's folks on "Will & Grace" (8 p.m., NBC) ... All is vanity on "Are You Hot? The Search for America's Sexiest People" (8 p.m., ABC) ... Rachel gives birth on a one-hour "Friends" (9 p.m., NBC).

Late night

Dr. Phil McGraw and Beck appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno greets Salma Hayek and Evanescence on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).


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