Archive for Friday, November 12, 2004

Spike: Sports stars have feelings, too

November 12, 2004


Even quarterbacks get the blues. That is the moral of the first "Untold" (8 p.m., Spike) story, a new documentary series dedicated to the complicated and at times surprisingly difficult personal lives of sports stars. The premiere "Untold" profiles Pittsburgh Steelers QB Terry Bradshaw, the Hall of Fame leader of one of the NFL's greatest dynasties. Bradshaw and the Steelers played in four Super Bowls from 1975 to 1980.

"Untold" contrasts Bradshaw's unabashed success with first-person interviews in which Bradshaw describes years of debilitating depression, a disease that led him to reclusive behavior that alienated him from his teammates, fans and several wives.

Future profiles will include Darryl Strawberry, Bo Jackson, Isiah Thomas and Laird Hamilton.

  • Russ Tamblyn returns to "Joan of Arcadia" (7 p.m., CBS) as a manifestation of God in the shape of a local dog walker. Tamblyn is the father of series star Amber Tamblyn, as well as an actor with one of the more varied resumes in Hollywood.
  • Scheduled on "Dateline" (7 p.m., NBC): a murder in Las Vegas. After a woman called 911 to complain that her husband was about to kill her, police operators heard four shots. When cops arrived, the husband was dead. "Dateline" examines the case from all angles to determine if the woman killed in self-defense or committed premeditated murder.

Tonight's other highlights

  • An escaped con's body is hidden beneath a bus on "CSI" (9 p.m., CBS). It looks like "Dr. Vegas" won't be making any house calls for a long, long time.
  • A mysterious case of seemingly contagious anemia on "Medical Investigation" (9 p.m., NBC).
  • Scheduled on "20/20" (10 p.m., ABC): an interview with Fantasia Barrino, the most recent winner of "American Idol."

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