UPN's new bachelor father Taye Diggs knows best

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Proof that some ideas never die and some romantic conventions can be improved upon is found in the new series "Kevin Hill" (8 p.m., UPN). Taye Diggs stars in the title role as a brash and handsome young lawyer who changes female lovers as often as some of us change socks. Yes, he's a player. But that all changes when his troubled cousin dies and leaves Kevin, his only relative, with a 10-month-old bundle of joy named Sarah.

Now it would be easy to dismiss "Kevin" out of hand as unoriginal. Ever since John Forsythe starred in "Bachelor Father" there have been roughly 1 billion TV shows about grown single adults who become instant parents.

But "Kevin Hill" rises above its contrivances to comment, in ways subtle and not so subtle, on contemporary gender roles. When his hotshot partners feel threatened by Kevin's new priorities and try to lighten his workload, he quits and joins an all-female legal team helmed by Jessie Grey (Michael Michele, "ER"), a professional single mom who tailors her hours to her family's needs.

¢ Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman host "MythBusters" (8 p.m., Discovery), an entertainingly geeky series that literally "explodes" myths and popular assumptions. With decades of movie special effects and prop-building experience between them, the dynamic duo displays an infectious love of science, can-do spirit and a boyish enthusiasm for blowing things up.

Tonight's other highlights

¢ Scheduled on "60 Minutes II" (7 p.m., CBS): a married couple who both suffer from autism; an interview with Dale Earnhardt Jr.

¢ A radio signal buoys hopes on "Lost" (7 p.m., ABC).

¢ Fourteen become a baker's dozen on "America's Next Top Model" (7 p.m., UPN).

¢ Restaurant management on "The Apprentice" (8 p.m., NBC), airing one night early due to the presidential debates.

¢ A gang member's murder on "Law & Order" (9 p.m., NBC).

¢ Toe-tag tales in the Naked City on "CSI: New York" (9 p.m., CBS).