April 28, 2005
Thursday, April 28 8 p.m. on TCM "The Front" Woody Allen in his prime (1976) - and in a movie he didn't write or direct. For extra cash, his character lends his name to blacklisted writers during the anticommunist hysteria of the 1950s. Director Martin Ritt, screenwriter Walter Bernstein, and costar Zero Mostel were among those blacklisted in real life. 9 p.m. on the WB "Mobile Home Disaster" We've seen plenty of home-makeovers in fancy neighborhoods.
April 7, 2005
Thursday, April 7 4 p.m. on USA Masters golf A favorite sign of spring and golf's first major tournament of the year, the Masters begins in Augusta, Ga., with Phil Mickelson as defending champion. As usual, coverage will continue on USA Friday and switch to CBS during the weekend, starting at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. 8 p.m. on TCM Bogart marathon You can watch all night long, or, since they're not saving the best for last, just catch "Casablanca" at 8 and wonder why you're still not tired of it.
March 10, 2005
Thursday, March 10 8 p.m. on TCM "American Graffiti" Ron Howard's "Happy Days" character had its roots in this 1973 movie, when he was still billed as "Ronny" and director George Lucas was still not entirely rich and famous. From today's perspective, all that nostalgia for the 1950s seems to have come when the decade was barely over. 9:30 p.m. on HBO "Dope Sick Love" This new documentary follows the "extreme existence" of two drug-addicted couples who live on the streets of New York.
February 10, 2005
Thursday, Feb. 10 10:15 p.m. on TCM "Philadelphia" TCM's annual "31 Days of Oscar" continues with this 1993 movie that brought Tom Hanks his first best-actor award; Bruce Springsteen won for best original song, "Streets of Philadelphia. "
January 21, 2005
Friday, Jan. 21 7 p.m. on TCM Rod Steiger night A documentary about the actor will be followed by three notable performances by Steiger: "The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell" (1955) at 8 p.m., "The Pawnbroker" (1965) at 10 p.m., and "Cry Terror" (1958) at midnight. Steiger died in 2002 at age 77. 10 p.m. on USA "Monk" New episodes of Tony Shalhoub as the obsessive-compulsive detective resume tonight. USA brags that "Monk" is one of basic cable's biggest success stories, but we're starting to worry about overexposure - all those marathons (and all of prime time tonight)
November 12, 2004
Friday, Nov. 12 8 p.m. on CBS "Joan of Arcadia" Stunt casting is standard during "sweeps," but here's an example that we actually like. Russ Tamblyn, father of series star Amber Tamblyn, returns as the dog-walker who's just one of the many forms in which God talks to her. 8 p.m. on TCM Remembering Grace Kelly Three memorable films from the movie star who became a princess: "High Noon" (1952, with Gary Cooper), "Rear Window" (1954, with James Stewart)
October 21, 2004
Thursday, Oct. 21 8 p.m. on NBC "Joey" "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.
October 1, 2004
Friday, Oct. 1, 2004 9 p.m. on TNT "From the Earth to the Moon" In this 1998 miniseries, a dramatization of the Apollo space program, the Apollo 7 astronauts are played by Frederic Lane, John Mese and Mark Harmon. 10 p.m. on TCM "Casablanca" If you have to be in on a Friday night, why not spend it at Rick's? This cinematic classic is set in wartime Morocco, where nightclub owner Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) has to deal with a few skeletons in his closet, including a beautiful one named Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman)
August 25, 2004
Wednesday, Aug. 25 6 a.m. on TCM "Summer Under the Stars" Women are well represented in this monthlong festival, and today it's Shirley MacLaine's turn in the spotlight. The first film, "Two Loves," may be nobody's favorite, but things improve at 8 a.m. with "Some Came Running" (1959, with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin). And worth catching at 8 p.m. is MacLaine's 1955 debut in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Trouble With Harry," also starring Edmund Gwenn and John Forsythe.
August 20, 2004
Friday, Aug. 20 8 p.m. on TCM "Murder by Death" Peter Sellers, featured all day as part of "Summer Under the Stars," stars with Peter Falk in this 1976 spoof of fictional detectives written by Neil Simon. With Maggie Smith and Truman Capote. 9 p.m. on ABC "Hope & Faith" In an encore from the May "sweeps," Robert Wagner, Tony Curtis and Jenny McCarthy all guest-star in the same episode. The story involves an attempt to cheer up Hope and Faith's dad (Wagner)