'Century City' looks ahead to brave new world

Combine the slick future of "Minority Report" with the legal soap opera of "L.A. Law," and you've got something vaguely resembling the new drama "Century City" (8 p.m., CBS). Set in the year 2030, the lawyers of "City" wrestle with the legal, moral and ethical implications of a brave new world wrought by technology. Developments in cloning and genetic engineering that we only dream of today become the stuff of complicated lawsuits for the firm of Crane, Constable, McNeil and Montero in a slick, high-tech, multicultural future.

While "Century" includes enough gadgets and technological wonders to excite sci-fi buffs, the drama is really about ideas and the struggle to define right and wrong in a world radically altered by the ruthlessly practical application of science.

  • Nominated for an Academy Award, the documentary "Balseros" (5 p.m., Cinemax) follows seven Cuban immigrants as they try to adjust to American society after fleeing Castro's regime in a homemade raft.

Tonight's other highlights

  • Hot-tub hanky-panky on "America's Next Top Model" (8 p.m., UPN).
  • A crusader who claims to "reform" gay men is found murdered on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (9 p.m., NBC).
  • Patty Duke guest stars on "Judging Amy" (9 p.m., CBS).
  • Gang wars on "NYPD Blue" (9 p.m., ABC).

Late night

Kate Winslet appears on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Angelina Jolie, Kevin Smith and Twist on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).

Edie Falco and the Allman Brothers Band are booked on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Frankie Muniz appears on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (11:37 p.m., CBS).


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