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Archive for Thursday, March 31, 2005

Another chance to find ‘Calling’

March 31, 2005

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Proof that spring is the season of rebirth and renewal arrives with the return of "Tru Calling" (7 p.m., Fox). For those who need their memory jogged, "Calling" stars Eliza Dushku as Tru, a morgue assistant with the magical ability to relive the preceding 24-hour period. This enables her to address problems in her personal and family life and to save the lives of some of the folks she meets on a mortuary slab. Jason Priestly co-stars as Jack, her fellow coroner.

"Calling" returns with a two-hour episode, pre-empting "The OC" for the evening.

  • The documentary "Left of the Dial" (7 p.m., HBO) chronicles the chaos behind the scenes of the launch of Air America, the liberal-tilting network meant to bring some balance to AM talk radio.

While "Dial" is clearly sympathetic to Air America's mission, it hardly shows the network's talent in a flattering light.

Standup comic and morning host Marc Maron works through a series of personal anxieties he probably prefers were not captured on film. Randi Rhodes, a popular Florida DJ and Air America star, feels slighted by the press attention lavished on Al Franken and Janeane Garofalo, who have never hosted a radio show.

Despite this trial by fire, Air America has survived for a year, and has thrived in some markets and can now be heard in more than 50 cities and on satellite radio.

Tonight's other highlights

  • Another elimination on "Survivor" (7 p.m., CBS).
  • A motorcycle cop (Mel Gibson) avenges his family's murder in the 1979 punk apocalypse thriller "Mad Max" (7 p.m., AMC).
  • A suicide may be linked to a mass murder on "CSI" (8 p.m., CBS).
  • Domino theories on "The Apprentice" (8 p.m., NBC).
  • A choir member vanishes on "Without a Trace" (9 p.m., CBS).
  • Carter's desperate moment on "ER" (9 p.m., NBC).
  • Scheduled on "Primetime" (9 p.m., ABC): A pharmaceutical bazaar just south of the border; alleged police racism in Milwaukee; a woman's Peeping Tom nightmare.rr

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