Friday, March 7, 2003
Can an ordinary slob get a job where he hobnobs with snobs? The debut episode of the new unscripted series "Faking It" (9 p.m., TLC) sets out to transform David, a construction worker from Boston, into a Beverly Hills interior decorator.
David's two mentors have their work cut out for them. His idea of an accessory is an Elvis poster. He lives in a three-bedroom apartment with two roommates, two bars and six television sets. But after four weeks of intensive training, yoga exercises, makeovers and coaching, David will face a panel of judges and try to "fake it" as a designer.
While always the good sport, David can't help but show frequent flashes of anger and passive-aggressive resistance to his monthlong indoctrination. During one cocktail party, he actually refuses to mingle. Gasp! Is he angry because he thinks he is surrounded by phonies, or has he realized that he has become the fraud?
Future installments of "Faking It" will feature a nerd who trains to become an NFL cheerleader, a polo player who passes as a cowboy and a beer guzzler who takes a cram course in order to lord over a fancy restaurant as their sommelier.
- The marriage of music and animation is celebrated tonight on "Greatest Musical Moments" (7 p.m., Cartoon Network). The hourlong special showcases 30 memorable cartoon concertos and animated arias, including the legendary "What's Opera Doc" Bugs Bunny episode and the immortal Owl Jowlson tune "I Love to Singa." Other highlights include Michigan J. Frog's "One Froggy Evening," Popeye's "Spinach Overture" and The Flintstones' groovy dance routine "The Twitch." The special also includes musical moments featuring more recent characters, including the Powerpuff Girls, Dexter and Brak.
- Whatever happened to "Drew Carey"? The sitcom that just won't die will be "re-launched" on Wednesday, June 25. So far this season, "Drew" has drawn dreadful ratings on Monday nights and Friday nights. Why should Wednesdays be any different?
Tonight's other highlights
- A Hollywood star (Portia de Rossi) testifies before a committee on "Mister Sterling" (7 p.m., NBC).
- Erin Brockovich is host of "Final Justice" (7 p.m., Lifetime).
- A serial sadist targets seniors on "Law & Order: SVU" (9 p.m., NBC).
- Scheduled on "20/20" (9 p.m., ABC): A juvenile killer sentenced to life without parole; a son of privilege who joined the Marines.
- Angelina Jolie won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role in the 1999 asylum drama "Girl, Interrupted" (7 p.m., TNT).