Film institute proffers favorite movie soundtrack

John Travolta hosts "AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Songs" (7 p.m., CBS), the American Film Institute's countdown of the best 100 songs used in American movies.

Members of the AFI jury were asked to choose only songs with lyrics, so tonight's list will exclude the "love themes" from "Dr. Zhivago," "The Godfather" and "Romeo and Juliet," to name three hugely popular movie songs.

Here are my predictions: Look for entirely too many yucky power ballads. Whitney Houston's adaptation of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" is a lock, as is the dreadful "Danger Zone" from "Top Gun." Brace yourself for "The Wind Beneath My Wings." And expect some cartoon-inspired Phil Collins/Elton John/Randy Newman fluff to chart.

My prediction for the top five, in no particular order: "As Time Goes By" from "Casablanca"; the themes to "The Way We Were" and "Singin' in the Rain"; "Moon River" from "Breakfast at Tiffany's"; and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz."

  • Twelve spoiled women brave the great outdoors to win the calloused hand of a rugged Australian adventurer (Vadim Dale) in the new "reality" comedy series "Outback Jack" (8 p.m., TBS).
  • Residents react with outrage when more than 1,000 illegal immigrants move to their a small Long Island, N.Y., town in the documentary "Farmingville" on "P.O.V." (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings).

Tonight's other highlights

  • George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic guest star on "Bernie Mac" (7 p.m., Fox).
  • Luke finally makes his move on "Gilmore Girls" (7 p.m., WB).
  • Snooty neighbors want to evict two hip-hop stereotypes on "Method & Red" (7:30 p.m., Fox).
  • Two men stand accused of killing their neighbor on "The Jury" (8 p.m., Fox).
  • A child's murder is linked to a tropical cult on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (9 p.m., NBC).
  • A news crew follows New York police on their appointed rounds on the seven-part documentary series "NYPD 24/7" (9 p.m., ABC).

Late night

Kevin Kline and Nicole Richie appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno hosts Tobey Maguire, Rocky LaPorte and Maroon 5 on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC) ... Rachel McAdams and Travis Tritt appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:05 p.m., ABC).


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