Archive for Thursday, April 21, 2005

NBA history makes History

April 21, 2005


While basketball fans look forward to the NBA playoffs, The History Channel will be glancing back with "NBA's Top 10 Greatest" (7 p.m., History), an hour-long special that spotlights the top 10 moments in professional basketball, as determined by the fans by voting on the league's Web site.

NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton is the host. He's joined by a panel of experts, sportswriters, and current and former players, including Walt Frazier, George Gervin and Dave Cowens.

In addition to the league's "Greatest Moments," they'll discuss such "greatests" as: coaching performance, NBA Finals moment, move, duel, upset, champion team, new star, dunk, duo and shot.

The soon-to-be concluded television season will be remembered as the year that viewers rediscovered the networks. With the possible exception of The WB, every network had one or several shows that audiences embraced.

But amidst the popping of champagne corks, you can still hear an undercurrent of nervous grumbling from the producers of situation comedies.

The John Stamos comedy "Jake in Progress" appeared to have a lot going for it. Many, including this critic, felt that "Jake" could capture the same "Sex & the City" audience that had flocked to "Desperate Housewives." But the ratings never materialized, and tonight its season concludes with back-to-back episodes (7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., ABC).

Tonight's other highlights

  • Tribe members, merged at last, tangle on "Survivor" (7 p.m., CBS).
  • Sandy concocts a plan to help Atwood on "The O.C." (7 p.m., Fox).
  • A new cleaning product on "The Apprentice" (8 p.m., NBC).
  • A mother who gave up everything for her disabled child has her moment on "Extreme Makeover" (8 p.m., ABC).

Late night

Drew Barrymore and Charles Barkley appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno hosts Sen. Bob Dole, Karolina Kurkova and Tori Amos on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).

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