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Archive for Saturday, August 9, 2003

Ullman teases Tinseltown

August 9, 2003

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Premium cable's woman of a thousand faces spends a consistently amusing hour as veteran makeup artist Ruby Romaine in "Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales" (7 p.m. today). Presented in a series of often raunchy flashbacks, "Tales" recounts Ruby's brief flirtation with retirement and her painful attempts to rejoin the highly selective makeup artist's union. Along the way, we witness Ruby's gin-soaked retirement party, her dalliances with the union president, her battles with his ungrateful son and even glimpses back to old Hollywood, when Ruby helped an up-and-coming black actress "pass" as a blond bombshell.

  • Blood, water, teeth: If it's August, it's time for the Discovery Channel's "Shark Week," the annual festival of original programming dedicated to the ancient aquatic killing machines. The festivities kick off with "Anatomy of a Shark Bite" (8 p.m. Sunday, Discovery), examining a shark behaviorist's unfortunate run-in with a bull shark.

Tonight's other highlights

  • Scheduled on "48 Hours Investigates" (7 p.m., CBS): a New York Police Department hostage negotiator races to save a baby.
  • Freddie Prinze Jr. and Claire Forlani star in the 2000 romantic comedy "Boys and Girls" (7 p.m., ABC).
  • Jean Knight ("Mr. Big Stuff"), Booker T. & the MGs, Percy Sledge and other stars reunite for the "Soul Comes Home" (8:30 p.m., PBS) musical salute to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis, Tenn.
  • An FBI agent (Gloria Reuben) and her psychic sidekick (Caterina Scorsone) search for a missing police investigator on "1-800-Missing" (9 p.m., Lifetime).

Sunday's other highlights

  • Lou Gossett Jr. stars in the 2001 drama "For Love of Olivia" (8 p.m., CBS).
  • Rocco calls on a higher power on "The Restaurant" (9 p.m., NBC). He needs it.
  • Blue language and fond regards mingle on the "Roast of Denis Leary" (9 p.m., Comedy Central).

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