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Kingsley, Bening star in ‘Mrs. Harris’

February 25, 2006

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Nothing sells newspapers like a juicy murder story, particularly one with "high society" overtones. "Mrs. Harris" (7 p.m. today, HBO) recalls the story of Jean Harris (Annette Bening), a prim Philadelphia prep-school head mistress who in 1980 murdered her longtime lover, Herman "Hy" Tarnower, a famous physician and the author of the best-selling book "The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet."

Ben Kingsley makes the most of a meaty role. Tarnower emerges here as a brash and insecure control freak, a big-game hunting serial womanizer who seems to genuinely love Harris but can't settle down.

¢ In the mid-1980s, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels was half of a Run-DMC team that made rap music the soundtrack of the younger generation. But recently, while writing his memoirs, McDaniels learned that he had been adopted. Rather than writing the story of his life, he had to return to his hidden past and find his birth parents, a process he documents in "DMC: My Adoption Journey" (8 p.m. today, VH1).

¢ The XX Winter Olympic Games (6 p.m. Sunday, NBC) stage closing ceremonies in Turin, Italy. After the disco-debacle of the Opening Ceremonies, I shudder to think of tonight's spectacle. And if they insist on the greatest hits of the Ford-Carter era, I hope they have the musical presence of mind to play the theme to "Carwash."

Today's highlights

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

¢ Scheduled on "48 Hours Mystery" (9 p.m., CBS): A baby is kidnapped.

¢ Cedric the Entertainer hosts "Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza" (9 p.m., Comedy Central) featuring the 2005 best-actor Oscar winner as well as emerging standup acts. "Laffapalooza" repeats Sunday night at the same time.

Sunday's highlights

¢ Scheduled on "60 Minutes" (6 p.m., CBS): Stem-cell research; murder in Afghanistan; an oil-from-coal venture.

¢ A winner emerges on a two-hour edition of "Dancing with the Stars" (7 p.m., ABC). One thing is certain: This time it won't be John O'Hurley.

¢ Harsh words between Meredith and George on "Grey's Anatomy" (9 p.m., ABC).

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