Friday, May 16, 2003
Wayne Brady is host of the Daytime Emmy Awards (7 p.m., ABC), live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Stars of daytime talk shows, soaps, game shows, home improvement and decorating shows, cartoons and kiddie fare will give and receive statuettes.
Daytime stars -- including Eric Roberts, Sharon Osbourne, Dr. Phil, Donny Osmond, the New York Yankees and the hosts of "The View" -- are scheduled to be on hand. Brady, who has also been host for the Miss America Pageant, has his own daytime syndicated talk show, which is up for four Daytime Emmys.
- The opening credits for the made-for-cable comedy "Recipe for Disaster" (7 p.m., PAX) unfold in cartoon fashion, and a theme song underscores some of the plot points of the coming film. Unfortunately, the credits are the highlight of this "Disaster." No wonder the movie's stars, John Larroquette and Lesley Ann Warren, spend so much time off screen.
In its desperate attempt to wrangle humor out of tired and predictable slapstick bits, "Disaster" recycles an astounding number of trite cliches and stereotypes. A heavily accented guy named Luigi shows up in the first five minutes, never to be seen again. There's also an arrogant, beret-wearing French chef; a mean-spirited food critic; a fey, ascot-wearing guy; and a Latin hunk whose every move is accompanied by the sound of gypsy guitars. And "Disaster" trades in that most common TV stereotype, the bratty, self-involved, cell-phone addicted American teenager.
- Godfrey ("Zoolander") is host of "The Celebrity Look-Alike Show" (7 p.m., WB), showcasing nonfamous folk who resemble and can imitate the notable quirks of Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and others.
Finalists will be chosen by a studio audience to take their mimicry to the streets in an effort to bamboozle the public.
- Fans of Robin Williams' quicksilver mind should not miss his appearance on "Parkinson" (7 p.m., BBC America). Britain's premiere talk-show host Michael Parkinson is at a loss for words as Williams riffs and rambles about such diverse topics as airport security, the pope, San Francisco, Williams' film "One Hour Photo," body piercing, cocaine and a sex scandal involving former British Prime Minister John Major. Williams remains seated, but hardly silent, as Parkinson's second guest -- author, actor and director Stephen Fry -- discusses his documentary about the endangered Peruvian spectacled bear.
Tonight's other highlights
- Fred MacMurray defies gravity in the 1961 comedy "The Absent-Minded Professor" (6 p.m., Hallmark). It's followed by the 1963 sequel, "Son of Flubber" (8 p.m.).
- Scheduled on "Dateline" (7 p.m., NBC): Cuban castaways.
- Jim Carrey and Renee Zellweger star in the 2001 comedy "Me, Myself and Irene" (7 p.m., Fox).
- Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt star in the 1994 adaptation of Ann Rice's novel "Interview with the Vampire" (7 p.m., UPN).
- On back-to-back episodes of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC), a comatose woman becomes pregnant (8 p.m.), a teen vanishes after speaking with Benson (9 p.m.). The second episode is the season finale.
- Jerry Seinfeld appears on "On the Record with Bob Costas" (10:30 p.m., HBO).
Arsenio Hall is host of "Star Search" (7 p.m., CBS) ... On back-to-back episodes of "CSI" (CBS), a hockey homicide (8 p.m.), an alleged killer is caught burying a body (9 p.m.) ... "Reba" stars Christopher Rich and Melissa Peterman are hosts for "The WB's Most Outrageous Outtakes" (8 p.m., WB).