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Home’ warms holiday hearts

December 21, 2005

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Now in its seventh year, the holiday special "A Home for the Holidays" (7 p.m., CBS) presents true stories of foster children who have shared joy with their new adoptive families. In addition to these profiles, "Home" offers musical entertainment from Yolanda Adams, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Goo Goo Dolls and Kelly Rowland. Actors Jamie Lee Curtis, Daryl Hannah, George Lopez, Virginia Madsen and Victoria Rowell play host to and narrate the inspirational vignettes. Rowell ("The Young and the Restless") was raised in foster care.

¢ The documentary "Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That" (7 p.m., TCM) recalls the frequently overlooked director of B-movie Westerns. Early on in "Man," directors Clint Eastwood and Quentin Tarantino sit side by side to extol the virtues of such films as "The Tall T" (1957) as both timeless and cool.

Boetticher's life - including a childhood spent in the saddle and the boxing ring, and early stints as a would-be bullfighter - reads like a late Victorian adventure novel. His story inspired the 1951 film "Bullfighter and the Lady," now considered the best matador movie ever made.

Boetticher enjoyed a long professional collaboration with John Wayne. "Seven Men From Now" was the first film made for Wayne's production company. Filmmaker Paul Schrader calls that 1956 effort "the quintessential Western."

While many of his films remain obscure to all but fans of the Western genre, "Man" shows how Boetticher championed the careers of many actors who would become stars of screen and television, including Lee Marvin, Robert Stack, James Arness and Sidney Poitier. Directed by Bruce Ricker ("Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows"), "Man" is narrated by Ed Harris and includes interviews with Tarantino, Eastwood, Schrader, Taylor Hackford ("Ray"), Peter Bogdanovich ("The Last Picture Show") and Robert Towne ("Chinatown").

Tonight's other highlights

¢ Howie Mandel is host on "Deal or No Deal" (7 p.m., NBC).

¢ A sleepy town in a bomber's crosshairs on "Criminal Minds" (8 p.m., CBS).

¢ A winner emerges and the agony concludes on "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart" (8 p.m., NBC).

¢ A plastic surgeon loses face on "CSI: NY" (9 p.m., CBS).

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