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Archive for Thursday, May 13, 2004

Season offers one more dose of ‘Survivor’

May 13, 2004

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Amber alert! Last Sunday, Jeff Probst stole a page from the "American Idol" playbook and asked viewers to choose an "all-star." The winner receives a $1 million prize on "Survivor" (7 p.m., CBS). If Rupert doesn't win, there's no justice.

One week after the much-hyped last episode of "Friends," the end also comes for "Frasier" (8 p.m., NBC). A lonely planet of witty, sophisticated comedy in a sitcom universe increasingly obsessed with the vulgar, "Frasier" will be missed. It will even be missed by fans like myself, who fell out of the habit of watching it for the last three years or so. I still think "Frasier" should have ended on a high note when Niles ran off with Daphne. But there was something comforting in knowing that a show so smart and humane could still find an audience.

"Frasier: Analyzing the Laughter" (7 p.m., NBC), a retrospective filled with clips and interviews, will precede the "Frasier" finale.

Tonight's other highlights

  • The 15 most amazing captures on "Cops: Caught Red-Handed" (7 p.m., Fox).
  • Kirsten Dunst stars in the romance "Crazy/Beautiful" (7 p.m., WB).
  • MTV reels off five consecutive episodes of "Making the Band II" (7 p.m., MTV).
  • The San Antonio Spurs host the Los Angeles Lakers in game five of the NBA Western Conference semifinals (7 p.m., ABC).
  • Catherine's father becomes a murder suspect on "CSI" (8 p.m., CBS).
  • A teen believes she was kidnapped as a child on "Without a Trace" (9 p.m., CBS).
  • Kovac's act of compassion takes a deadly turn on the season finale of "ER" (9 p.m., NBC).
  • The documentary "Poker Kings" (9 p.m., A&E) follows five players on the high-stakes circuit.

Late night

Hugh Jackman appears on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno welcomes Billy Crystal, Roy Jones Jr. and Cirque de Soleil on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).

Jimmy Fallon and Jamie Cullum chat on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Michael Stipe and Patti LaBelle are booked on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (11:37 p.m., CBS).

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