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Don’t miss final Trista-Ryan wedding circus

December 10, 2003

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ABC has done a workmanlike job of squeezing four additional hours of programming out of the Trista and Ryan affair. They promise that after tonight's two-hour special, "Trista and Ryan's Wedding" (8 p.m., ABC), the torture will end.

Emotions ran high at last week's racy bachelor and bachelorette parties. But who knew that the groom would be the one to throw the hissy fit, walk off in a huff and freak out about the off-color entertainment?

While the Bard of the Rockies was getting all misty, Trista was lapping up shots off guys' navels and playing with underpants. Can this former professional Miami Heat dancer really find happiness with Colorado's biggest crybaby?

The documentary "Rebels of Oakland: The A's, the Raiders, the '70s" (8 p.m., HBO) celebrates the city and the era that produced two of sports history's most colorful dynasties. Owned by Midwestern huckster Charlie O. Finley, the baseball A's were known as much for loud uniforms as their bargain-basement payroll. The football Raiders, on the other hand, resembled the cast of "The Dirty Dozen" and reveled in their reputation as a "criminal element" in the NFL.

"The Great Gardner Art Heist" (9 p.m., Court TV) recalls one of the most brazen museum robberies in history. The still unsolved burglary involved works by artists like Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas and Manet, which were valued at roughly $300 million.

Tonight's other highlights

  • Scheduled on "60 Minutes II" (7 p.m., CBS): Employees charge that working conditions at IBM caused cancer and birth defects.
  • Carol's dad (Dan Lauria) is miffed that he wasn't consulted before Ed asked for his daughter's hand on "Ed" (7 p.m., NBC).
  • Ryan Seacrest is host of the 14th Annual Billboard Music Awards (7 p.m., Fox).
  • First lady Laura Bush offers a tour of the Blue Room, the State Dining Room and the East Room of the White House on "The White House Christmas 2003" (7 p.m., HGTV). Mrs. Bush and her team of decorators also discuss their choices for this year's holiday themes for the season.
  • On back-to-back episodes of "Law & Order" (NBC), infection fears (8 p.m.), a woman's car crushes her faithless hubby (9 p.m.).
  • Scheduled on "48 Hours Investigates" (9 p.m., CBS): three returning soldiers recall their duty in Iraq.
  • Conductor Pierre Boulez leads an evening of Mozart, Bartok and Debussy on "Great Performances" (9 p.m., PBS).

Late night

Amanda Peet and Barry Sonnenfeld appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Diane Keaton and Tom Jones on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).

Jude Law, Tara Reid and Michelle Branch are scheduled on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Colin Firth and Gloria Estefan are on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (11:37 p.m., CBS).

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