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Home show heavy on glitz factor

August 29, 2006

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"Million Dollar Listing" (8 p.m., Bravo) follows 10 agents as they try to sell in Southern California's pricey real-estate market. The business pages tell us that the housing market is slowing down, but that doesn't seem to matter in the rarefied air of Malibu and Hollywood.

This being Bravo, emphasis is placed on celebrity, glitz and the fabulous factor.

You won't learn much about selling your house from this, but that doesn't mean it's not entertaining. The first episode features Madison, a 24-year-old rookie who tries to get an exclusive on an enormous Malibu spread that suffered from atrocious renovation problems. Madison looks too young to handle seven-figure sales, and one assumes he was included here as eye candy. Shannon McLeod tries to sell her ex-fiancee a $2.3 million Hollywood pad. During the course of the marketing campaign, she seems to be more interested in her ex than she lets on. She also encounters some quirky neighbors and a potential buyer who gets on the wrong side of her client.

Over the weeks, eight more agents will be featured, as well as eccentric Hollywood types who wonder why the stripper pole in their posh pad may turn off potential buyers. Look for lots of champagne, attitude, German cars and product placements.

¢ We've seen them dance, we've seen them skate, now on "Celebrity Duets" (7 p.m., Fox), we get to see boldface names past and present strut their vocal stuff with the help of famous singers.

Nonmusical performers will be teamed with remarkable talents, including Clint Black, Michael Bolton and Patti LaBelle, in hopes of creating memorable harmonies. Over the weeks, we will watch the gifted and not-so-gifted as they train and perform popular duets in front of a panel of judges, a studio audience and TV viewers. Will this showcase create the John O'Hurley of song? You'll just have to tune in to find out. Wayne Brady hosts.

¢ Tonight's notable documentaries include:

"After Katrina" (7 p.m., Discovery Times) looks at efforts public and private to cope with the destruction of New Orleans.

"Saving Jazz" (8 p.m., Sundance) focuses on the personal tragedy of photographer and jazz archivist Herman Leonard, who lost thousands of photos when his New Orleans home and studio were flooded last August.

"The Final Report: Osama's Escape" (9 p.m., National Geographic) looks at efforts to capture bin Laden in Afghanistan.

Tonight's other highlights

¢ On back-to-back episodes of "Veronica Mars" (UPN), a stalker revealed (7 p.m.), a canine hit-and-run turns ugly (8 p.m.).

¢ A machete attack on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (8 p.m., NBC).

¢ A foreign student vanishes on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (9 p.m., NBC).

¢ "Primetime" (9 p.m., ABC) looks at "Outsiders," Americans with unusual professions, beliefs and lifestyles.

¢ "P.O.V." (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings) presents "Waging a Living," a look at poverty among the fully employed.

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