Irish eyes won't smile on tonight's lineup

There was a time when you could count on watching "The Quiet Man" and other good, bad and corny Blarney-centric movies on St. Patrick's Day. Not any more. While local listings may vary, you'll have to dig pretty deep among network and cable offerings to find any airing of the green. The Disney channel presents "The Luck of the Irish" (7 p.m.), and the leprechaun fantasy "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" (8 p.m.) can be found on Hallmark.

For Irish films with more contemporary flair, the Starz networks presents a daylong festival of recent films from Ireland, including "Widow's Peak" (7 p.m.) with Mia Farrow and Natasha Richardson and "The Boxer" (8:45 p.m.) starring Oscar nominee Daniel Day-Lewis.

But you'll have to wait a week to watch "The Quiet Man." AMC will air the vintage John Ford drama next Monday, March 24. Why the wait? The classic movie channel is too busy airing "Chinatown" (7 p.m.) and "The French Connection" (9:25 p.m.) for the 9,000th time.

  • Is war with Iraq imminent? Necessary? Unavoidable? Many PBS stations have changed their schedules to offer three hours of programming on the possible war. A two-hour "Frontline Special: War with Iraq" (7 p.m., PBS, check local listings) draws on more than 12 years of "Frontline" reporting to examine Washington's long confrontation with Iraq; Saddam Hussein's ability to survive; and the current Bush administration's decision to take on the Iraqi dictator, with or without U.N. approval or international support.

Bill Moyers will host "What's Next with Iraq: A NOW Special" (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings) examining plans for the post-war reconstruction of a nation ruled by Saddam Hussein's party since 1968. Moyers interviews Iraqi dissidents about their hopes for the future and their fears that America may settle for a less than democratic regime. "NOW" will also examine the media's coverage of the build-up to war and present interviews with critics who claim that the networks and cable news channels have "marketed" war coverage as if they were promoting their next reality TV show.

Tonight's other highlights

  • Five engaged couples learn each other's names and plan their weddings on "Married by America" (8 p.m., Fox).
  • A client dies outside the walls of a strict rehab center on "CSI: Miami" (9 p.m., CBS).
  • A murder victim's paranoid friend believes he was a target of a conspiracy on "Crossing Jordan" (9 p.m., NBC).

Series notes

Carrie worries that Doug's mom still prefers his high school flame on "King of Queens" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Aisha (Tamyra Gray) confronts her angry boyfriend on "Boston Public" (7 p.m., Fox) ... Kidnapped in Tibet on "Veritas: The Quest" (7 p.m., ABC).

Ray can't take criticism on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (8 p.m., CBS) ... Kidnapping and car crashes on "Third Watch" (8 p.m., NBC) ... Stranded in a haunted house on "Miracles" (9 p.m., ABC).

Late night

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lyle Lovett are on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno hosts Robin Williams, Selma Blair and 30 Seconds to Mars on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).

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