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Musicians turn ‘Fantasy’ into reality

February 22, 2006

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Some go to summer camp for the fresh air. But where do air guitarists go? Why, to "Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp" (8 p.m., TLC), of course. Musicians with varying degrees of talent get to practice under the tutelage of Jon Anderson, Dickey Betts, Colin Hay, Nils Lofgren, Bret Michaels, Jane Wiedlin and others. After a "battle of the bands" summer-camp experience, they get to perform live onstage at the House of Blues with Roger Daltrey as their front man.

Why does this sound like a "Simpsons" episode? Because it was a "Simpsons" episode, with Homer and the gang jamming with the Rolling Stones.

¢ And when life, or rather, television, doesn't emulate "The Simpsons," it imitates "Freaky Friday." The new series "Try My Life" (7 p.m., Style) invites a parent and his or her teen to trade places for a couple of days to see what makes the other tick.

The first installment has a tough-talking pest-control contractor living in the soccer shoes of his spoiled teen daughter. She learns a little about hard work when she breaks a nail or two while spraying insecticide in the crawl spaces of suburban homes. While well intentioned, "Try My Life" is nothing you haven't seen three or four times already. Besides, whenever I'm faced with a wretchedly self-absorbed teen, my impulse is to change the channel as quickly as possible.

Tonight's other highlights

¢ "Punk: Attitude" (6:15 p.m., Independent Film Channel) looks at the music and cultural influence of bands such as the Ramones, The Clash, Sex Pistols and Black Flag.

¢ Coverage of the XX Winter Olympic Games (7 p.m., NBC) continues.

¢ Let's hear it from the boys on a two-hour "American Idol" (7 p.m., Fox).

¢ Jack Black and Colin Hanks star in the 2002 comedy "Orange County" (7 p.m., WB).

¢ Violent delusions on "Criminal Minds" (8 p.m., CBS).

¢ "Lost" (8 p.m., ABC) returns to its beginnings with a repeat of the 2004 two-hour pilot episode. With a budget of $12 million, this was a huge risk for ABC. Looks like it paid off.

¢ Still recovering from 2004's Hurricane Ivan, an Alabama zoo braces for Katrina on "The Little Zoo That Could" (8 p.m., Animal Planet).

¢ Death checks into the doll hospital on "CSI: NY" (9 p.m., CBS).

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