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Bravo goes retro on Ron Howard

January 7, 2006

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Why wait a week for the Golden Globes? A constellation of Hollywood royalty gathers for the "Moving Image Salutes Ron Howard" (8 p.m., today, Bravo). Howard introduced himself to many TV viewers as Opie Taylor, the 4-year-old son of a widowed Southern sheriff in the classic "The Andy Griffith Show." Teen roles in "American Graffiti" and "Happy Days" gave way to Howard's impressive directing career behind the camera.

He began with small comedies like "Grand Theft Auto" (1977), then took a chance on a TV actor named Tom Hanks in the 1984 comedy "Splash" and earned near-universal acclaim (but no best-directing Oscar) for 1995's "Apollo 13."

Howard teams up with Hanks yet again in the forthcoming adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code." Scenes from "Code" will be seen during "Salute," along with jokes and words of praise from Carrey, Hanks, Edie Falco, Paul Giamatti, Howard's long-time producing partner Brian Grazer, Goldie Hawn and others.

Today's highlights

¢ A minister's family life provides grist for a lavish soap opera on "The Book of Daniel" (7 p.m., NBC).

¢ Wild card contenders tangle in NFL playoff action (7 p.m., ABC).

¢ Queen Latifah appears on "Emeril Live" (7 p.m., Food).

¢ Scheduled on "48 Hours Mystery" (9 p.m., CBS): A young girl's murder haunts a small town.

Sunday's highlights

¢ Scheduled on "60 Minutes" (6 p.m., CBS): NYC police accused of being mob hit men; Howard Stringer of Sony; Olympic skier Bode Miller.

¢ Scheduled on "Dateline" (6 p.m., NBC): an interview with Sharon Rocha, Laci Peterson's mother.

¢ A high school nightmare set to a Springsteen score on "Cold Case" (7 p.m., CBS).

¢ Leo (the late John Spencer) fumbles during the vice presidential debates on "The West Wing" (7 p.m., NBC).

¢ From fear to paternity on "The Simpsons" (7 p.m., Fox).

¢ Lynette's green-eyed monster on "Desperate Housewives" (8 p.m., ABC).

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