A new Lowe set to enter 'Lyon's Den'

Saturday, September 27, 2003

When did Rob Lowe become such a goody-goody? The improbably pretty actor began his career as the bad boy of the Brat Pack. On "The West Wing," his character Sam Seaborn started on the wrong foot, sleeping with a pot-smoking hooker in the very first episode. But by the end of his tenure, Sam was seen singing with his old college choir, before leaving to run as a white knight in a hopeless House race, which he, of course, won.

Lowe returns to episodic TV, and to Washington, D.C., in "The Lyon's Den" (9 p.m., NBC, Sunday). And once again, he's a saint among sinners. The son of powerful Sen. Harlan M. Turner (Rip Torn), Jack Turner (Lowe) has managed to "work" at the corrupt but prestigious law firm of Lyon, LaCrosse and Levine without really getting his hands dirty.

The folks at NBC also decided that Saturday nights are just not that hospitable to original programming, and will air movies instead. Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr. star in "Jerry Maguire" (8 p.m., NBC), the 1996 sports comedy that introduced America to Renee Zellweger.