Thursday, Oct. 21
8 p.m. on NBC
"Friends" was a tough act to follow, and it's no surprise that Matt LeBlanc's spinoff series hasn't been quite its equal in pleasing the critics or attracting viewers. But it's still a success - NBC moved quickly to guarantee a full season.
8 p.m. on PBS
"Time to Choose"
Jim Lehrer anchors a pre-election special focusing on how people in 17 communities (taped at town-hall meetings) feel about campaign issues, especially the war on terrorism and economic policy.
8 p.m. on TCM
Night of the teachers
Three films centered on teachers provide a chance to learn how Hollywood's view may have changed over the years. (Never mind why they aren't being shown in chronological order.) One thing they have in common is memorable performances. The lineup: Robert Donat in "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (1939) at 8 p.m.; Robin Williams in "Dead Poets Society" (1989) at 10 p.m.; and John Houseman in "The Paper Chase" (1973) at 12:15 a.m. Donat and Houseman won Oscars; Williams was nominated.