Thursday, January 29, 2004
Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss ("The Goodbye Girl") narrates "Marvin Anderson's Nightmare: Stories from the Innocence Project" (9 p.m., Court TV). DNA evidence has been used to free more than 140 wrongly convicted prisoners. The Innocence Project, a charity legal-assistance organization based at the Benjamin N. Cardozo school of law in New York City, has provided direct representation or critical assistance in more than two-thirds of those cases.
Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, lawyers renowned for their work in using DNA evidence, founded the organization in 1992. (Viewers may recall Scheck from his participation on the so-called "dream team" employed in O.J. Simpson's defense.) As "Nightmare" relates, Virginia resident Marvin Anderson was convicted of robbery, abduction and rape in 1982. He spent 15 years in prison before Innocence Project lawyers, using DNA evidence, cleared his name.
Another program in which guilt and innocence are not easily discerned is "Chasing the Sleeper Cell," a repeat "Frontline" (8 p.m., PBS). It casts some doubt on the significance of the capture of "the Lackawanna six," a band of alleged terrorists with ties to Osama bin Laden residing in a Buffalo, N.Y., suburb.
Tonight's other highlights
- A fallen firefighter's fate is caught up with two other victims on "Tru Calling" (7 p.m., Fox).
- Terrorists on the run undergo an extreme makeover on "Threat Matrix" (7 p.m., ABC).
- A drug dealer (Johnny Depp) uses his connections to amass power in "Blow" (8 p.m., USA).
- Trump's team gives the Protege team a dressing down on "The Apprentice" (8 p.m., NBC).
- Michael Caine and Brendan Fraser co-star in the 2002 adaptation of Graham Greene's novel "The Quiet American" (8 p.m., Starz).
Jennifer Aniston appears on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Bernie Mac on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).