Archive for Thursday, January 3, 2002

A&E offers football alternatives

January 3, 2002

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Fed up with football? Sick of "Survivor"? Don't care who fathered Rachel's baby?

Here's a programming alternative. Every Thursday night, A&E will repeat made-for-television dramas from its film library, including the Agatha Christie mystery "Murder in Mesopotamia," the 2000 adaptation of "The Great Gatsby," the acclaimed "Horatio Hornblower" and the recent World War I drama "The Lost Battalion," starring Rick Schroder.

The movie series debuts with the lovely 2001 drama "Victoria & Albert" (8 p.m.). Victoria Hamilton's portrayal of the princess and queen as a shy, young woman is remarkable. Jonathan Firth stars as the German-born Prince Albert who only woos the British princess at the behest of his wise adviser Baron Stockmar (David Suchet). Diana Rigg, Jonathan Pryce, Peter Ustinov and the late Nigel Hawthorne round out a wonderful cast. "Victoria & Albert" concludes next week.

The strange connections among rap, racism and police corruption emerge on a strong repeat episode of "Frontline" (9 p.m., PBS). "Frontline" correspondent and New Yorker writer Peter J. Boyer examines the declining reputation of the Los Angeles police department and reveals a surprising connection to the mob-infiltrated world of rap music.

Tonight's other highlights

Elimination continues on "Survivor: Africa" (7 p.m., CBS).

Robin Williams and Sally Field star in the 1993 comedy "Mrs. Doubtfire" (7 p.m., Fox).

Timothy Dalton takes his turn as James Bond in the 1989 adventure "License to Kill" (7 p.m., TBS).

A serial killer leaves a trail of clues just to taunt Grissom on a repeat "CSI" (8 p.m., CBS).

George Clooney took his turn behind the cowl in the 1997 comic book adaptation "Batman & Robin" (8 p.m., TNT). Chris O'Donnell co-stars.

Jessica Lange stars in the 1992 television adaptation of "O Pioneers" (8 p.m., TNN) based on a novel by Willa Cather.

After an operative is killed in Cairo, the CIA picks up evidence of an impending attack on "The Agency" (9 p.m., CBS).

Carter returns from drug rehabilitation on a repeat "ER" (9 p.m., NBC).

Series notes

"Schwartz" and "Popstars 2" are new ... Ross offers video proof on "Friends" (7 p.m., NBC) ... Wrestling on "WWF Smackdown" (7 p.m., UPN) ... The fabricated band puts on its first concert on "Popstars 2" (7 p.m., WB) ... David's cousin leaves Schwartz tongue-tied on "Inside Schwartz" (7:30 p.m., NBC).

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