Archive for Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Series turns miracles into tedium

July 20, 2005


Want more proof that "reality" television reduces the amazing to the mundane? Watch "Criss Angel Mindfreak" (9 p.m., A&E;). In back-to-back episodes, the illusionist levitates himself and then sends a perfect stranger floating into the air. In the second installment, he turns himself into a human candle. Slow and repetitive, "Mindfreak" turns these seemingly miraculous stunts into tedium. And the heavy-metal music and theatrics of "Mindfreak" left me with a headache.

¢ The two-hour premiere of "So You Think You Can Dance?" (7 p.m., Fox) showcases 50 amateur dancers vying to work with some of world's top choreographers. Produced by the creators of "American Idol." But can any of them dance like Evander Holyfield?

Tonight's other highlights

¢ "American Masters" (7 p.m., PBS) profiles Bob Newhart.

¢ An escape plot on "Brat Camp" (8 p.m., ABC).

¢ On back-to-back episodes of "Law & Order" (NBC), a con's finale (8 p.m.), curtains for a loose lawyer (9 p.m.).

¢ A sleepwalker stumbles into trouble on "CSI: NY" (9 p.m., CBS).

¢ Sawyer withholds medicine on "Lost" (10 p.m., ABC).

Series notes

Tommy Hilfiger is host to "The Cut" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Old clips on "The Most Outrageous Moments on Live TV" (7 p.m., NBC) ... Four unruly kids on "Supernanny" (7 p.m., ABC) ... On back-to-back episodes of "Eve" (UPN), getting even (7 p.m.), intimidation (7:30 p.m.) ... A late bachelor party on "One Tree Hill" (7 p.m., WB).

Tending bar on "King of Queens" (8:30 p.m., CBS) ... A teacher wronged on "Veronica Mars" (8 p.m., UPN) ... Lana's assault on "Smallville" (8 p.m., WB) ... Auditions and elimination on "Rockstar: INXS" (8 p.m., CBS).

Late night

Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jimmie Walker and Lyle Lovett appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno host to Kyra Sedgwick and D.L. Hughley on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC) ... Perry Farrell and G-Love appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:05 p.m., ABC).


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