Tuesday, September 14, 2004
"Rated R: Republicans in Hollywood" (9 p.m., AMC) examines a self-described minority. We meet a number of personalities, including Drew Carey, Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), Ben Stein, director John Milius ("Red Dawn"), screenwriter Lionel Chetwynd ("Ike") and others who discuss swimming against the liberal mainstream in the fantasy capital.
"Rated R" also spends time on Arnold Schwarzenegger's successful gubernatorial campaign. Filmmaker Jesse Moss wonders if The Terminator's victory will make it more comfortable for Hollywood Republicans.
For all of its talk about right vs. left, the film's focus on the Schwarzenegger race only reinforces the notion that in contemporary politics (and pop culture), celebrity trumps ideology any day of the week.
Tonight's other highlights
- A video voyeur looms large on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (9 p.m., NBC).
- Deliberations conclude on the series finale of "In the Jury Room" (9 p.m., ABC).
- The New York Yankees' appearance in the 2001 World Series is recalled in the documentary "Nine Innings from Ground Zero" (9 p.m., HBO).
- "Seconds from Disaster" (9 p.m., National Geographic) examines the airliner that crashed into the Pentagon on 9-11.
Pamela Anderson and Al Franken appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno hosts Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany and Tears for Fears on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC) ... Bernie Mac, Cheryl Hines and Jill Scott appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:05 p.m., ABC).