Archive for Monday, February 13, 2006

Pooches show off stuff in dog show

February 13, 2006


Luged out? Can't tell a triple axel from Jeanne Tripplehorn? Overwhelmed by medals and moguls? Does the sight of a cross-country ski race make you feel guilty about that Nordic Track machine that's been sitting in your laundry room since 1998?

Perhaps you need a break from the Winter Olympics. Trade in some alpine skiing for strutting Affenpinschers, frisky corgis, Siberian huskies and standard schnauzers.

Yes, we're talking about the 130th "Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show" (7 p.m., USA, concludes Tuesday). This is the 23rd consecutive year that USA has carried Westminster, the second-oldest, still-running sporting event in the United States. Only the Kentucky Derby is more venerable.

¢ What is this thing called love? Poets from Catullus to Cole Porter have been trying to define, describe and celebrate it. But that was so pre-21st century. To some, l'amour boils down to a formula, an Erlenmeyer flask full of pheromones or the spark resulting from a crossed connection in a jangled ganglion. In this spirit, the series "Naked Science" (8 p.m., National Geographic) reduces the pursuit of love to a show called "What's Sexy?"

"Sexy" talks to neurologists and researchers who think they're pretty close to figuring out the physical and chemical reactions that we call love. Says one: "The part of the brain that becomes active when you look at a photograph of your lover, it's exactly the same region of the brain that becomes active when you feel the rush of cocaine."

Tonight's other highlights

¢ "Winter Olympics" (7 p.m., NBC) coverage features figure skating, snowboarding, speed skating.

¢ Three left on "Skating with Celebrities" (7 p.m., Fox).

¢ A crucial questions remains on "24" (8 p.m., Fox). What's worse: a nerve-gas attack or the return of Kim?

¢ Roses and poses on "The Bachelor: Paris" (8 p.m., ABC).

¢ "American Experience" (8 p.m., PBS) repeats the 2004 documentary "Reconstruction: The Second Civil War."

¢ Charisma Carpenter ("Buffy The Vampire Slayer") stars in the 2006 drama "Flirting With Danger" (8 p.m., Lifetime).

¢ Desperate housewives fall under suspicion when a handsome pool boy's lifeless body surfaces on "CSI: Miami" (9 p.m., CBS).

Cult choice

A writer (Stanley Tucci) interviews a homeless man (Ian Holm) claiming to be working on a literary masterpiece in the 2000 drama "Joe Gould's Secret" (5:30 p.m., IFC). The supporting cast includes Patricia Clarkson, Hope Davis, Steve Martin and Susan Sarandon.


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