TV spotlight shines on trio of females

Saturday, November 8, 2003

Elizabeth Smart, Jessica Lynch and Britney Spears are the Powerpuff Girls of our fevered media moment. Just like the cartoon characters Buttercup, Bubbles and Blossom, they form a trio of female archetypes. There's the tough one, the pretty one and the smart one. And this week they're everywhere.

The TV movie "The Elizabeth Smart Story" (8 p.m. Sunday, CBS) offers little new information about the case, or about the lost months of Elizabeth's captivity. And it takes its sweet time going nowhere.

By the end of "The Elizabeth Smart Story," I thought I had been kidnapped. But you have the power to escape my sad fate by avoiding this ripped-from-the-headlines stinker.

For those who can't get enough of the Smart story, there's also the documentary quickie "Elizabeth Smart: The Long Way Home" (6 p.m. Sunday, A&E).

The Lynch story also unfolds in documentary fashion on "Saving Private Lynch" (9 p.m. today, A&E). And later this week, the real Miss Lynch appears with Diane Sawyer on a special "PrimeTime" (9 p.m. Tuesday, ABC).

Not since Madonna has a star with so little talent received so much hype. But not even the vulgar Material Girl played the kiddy porn angle as Spears has with provocative videos and lyrics like "I'm not that innocent." The former Mouseketeer sits down for an interview on "Dateline" (6 p.m. Sunday, NBC). "Behind the Music" (9 p.m. Sunday, VH1) looks back at Spears' career, and Diane Sawyer is scheduled to interview the pop tart Thursday night.