Archive for Monday, October 28, 2002

VH1 mixes music with design

October 28, 2002

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When in doubt, imitate. The new series "Rock the House" (9 p.m., VH1) borrows liberally from two cable-TV decorating favorites, "Cribs" and "Trading Spaces." Every week on "Rock the House," an unsuspecting music fan will get to meet his or her favorite rock stars. And they aren't just dropping by to sign autographs they're coming to redecorate! Fans will get their favorite rooms made over by acts including Ice-T, Tommy Lee, Paula Abdul, The Goo Goo Dolls, Snoop Dogg and Weird Al Yankovic. "Rock the House" is hosted by Lisa Snowdon from BBC's "Top of the Pops."

I don't think I would appreciate having my room redecorated by Weird Al. Who says rock stars make good decorators? Or, more to the point, why would good decorators make good rock stars? Could this unholy alliance between music and "good taste" be the real reason for the decline and fall of rock 'n' roll? It was bad enough when VH1 teamed up guitar gods and fashion designers. Now they're forcing them to go shopping for wallpaper. I guess I am showing my age, but some of the finest musicians of my generation had better things to do than random acts of freelance interior decoration. They were too busy fighting off groupies and trashing motel rooms. But those were simpler times.

Turning a best-selling novel into a movie can be a difficult business. For every "Gone with the Wind" or "Godfather," there are a dozen "Valley of the Dolls" movies that make you regret that Hollywood types even learned to read. The new series "Page to Screen" (7 p.m., Bravo) examines this arduous process, beginning with "The Silence of the Lambs," director Jonathan Demme's 1991 adaptation of the creepy novel by Thomas Harris. "Page" presents original interviews with stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, as well as screenwriters Ted Tally, Scott Glenn, Anthony Heald and Kasi Lemmons. Future installments will examine "Jaws," "Lord of the Rings," "L.A. Confidential," "The English Patient," "Get Shorty," "Cider House Rules" and "Primary Colors."

Chuckie discovers that putting on a costume can be a truly transformational experience on "The Rugrats Halloween Special: Curse of the Werewuff" (7 p.m., Nickelodeon). Armed with his "inner werewuff," he battles the bullying Angelica at a haunted house. While it's probably never smart to knock the "Rugrats," I found this installment too filled with precious baby talk for my taste.

Tonight's other highlights

The Eagles host the Giants on "Monday Night Football" (8 p.m., ABC).

Roy Scheider ("Jaws") returns as Russian gangster Chevchenko on a two-hour episode of "Third Watch" (8 p.m., NBC).

Dr. Brown attempts a tricky operation on Amy's comatose boyfriend on "Everwood" (8 p.m., WB).

"Fire on the Mountain" (8 p.m., History) looks back at the 1994 conflagration on Colorado's Storm King Mountain that claimed the lives of 14 firefighters.

Series notes

Doug resents Carrie's work buddy on "King of Queens" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Investigating the riot on "Boston Public" (7 p.m., Fox) ... Drew's big secret on "The Drew Carey Show" (7 p.m., ABC) ... Fierce competition on "The Parkers" (7 p.m., UPN) ... CeCe Winans guest stars on "7th Heaven" (7 p.m., WB).

Vacation woes on "Yes, Dear" (7:30 p.m., CBS) ... Credit card madness on "One on One" (7:30 p.m. UPN).

Competitive counseling on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (8 p.m., CBS) ... Lynne gets sued on "Girl's Club" (8 p.m., Fox) ... William falls for a snob on "Girlfriends" (8 p.m., UPN) ... Dad's award ceremony goes badly on "Half and Half" (8:30 p.m., UPN) ... Bill and Judy try to make it up to Tina on "Still Standing" (8:30 p.m., CBS).

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