Archive for Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Movie-star wannabes get a life on AMC

June 30, 2004

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You've heard of Civil War re-enactors. But are you ready for movie re-enactors? The new series "Into Character" (9 p.m., AMC) gives obsessive film buffs the chance to live out scenes from their favorite movies. And if you think that's sad in a "get-a-life" kind of way, don't dare watch tonight's installment, in which two underemployed slackers spend two weeks of intensive training to "become" characters from "The Blues Brothers." Let's see, that makes them fake versions of fake versions of real blues musicians.

For fun, I'd really like to see "Into Character" tackle "Valley of the Dolls" (7 p.m., Fox Movie Channel), the 1967 adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's trashy novel about New York actresses (Patty Duke, Sharon Tate and Barbara Parkins) who turn to booze and dope after their Hollywood dreams go sour.

  • Speaking of people turning themselves into fake characters, Rachel Leigh Cook ("She's All That"), Tara Reid ("American Pie") and Rosario Dawson ("Men in Black II") star in the 2001 adaptation of the early-'70s Saturday-morning cartoon series "Josie and the Pussycats" (7 p.m., WB).

Tonight's other highlights

  • Scheduled on "60 Minutes II" (7 p.m., CBS): an interview with Dennis Hopper; a mysterious inheritance transforms two brothers; wounded veterans of the Iraq war.
  • A winner walks away with nearly $3 million on "World Poker Tour Championship" (8 p.m., Travel).
  • Separation makes some hearts grow fonder on "Ultimate Love Test" (9 p.m., ABC).

Late night

Ethan Hawke and Jon Heder appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Fantasia Barrino on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC) ... Marlon and Shawn Wayans appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:05 p.m., ABC).

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