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Astrology plays part in home design

July 1, 2006

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How do you reinvent the makeover show after all these years? Try mixing interior design with astrology. "What's Your Sign? Design" (8 p.m. today, HGTV) teams a "professional" astrologer with an interior designer. The so-called soothsayer does a chart for each participant, and the designer attempts to match their furniture, possessions and color palette with their rising signs and other factors.

I don't set much store in astrology. Is that because I'm a skeptic or because I'm a Virgo? Let me consult my charts. While other signs are described as fiery, passionate and unpredictable, Virgos are usually labeled as picky fussbudgets and impossible perfectionists. We're cosmic bores. If I designed my life around my birth sign, I'd end up living in a filing cabinet.

Fortunately, "What's Your Sign? Design" has a cheeky sense of humor. The first episode "stars" two guys who have been living together for nine years in a tiny dive in Long Island City, N.Y. One fellow, a silly Scorpio, appears to think he lives in Pee Wee's Playhouse and has filled the place with hamster cages and fish tanks. His roommate, a pushover Pisces, goes with the flow but wants a more grown-up place to hang his hat. Will the horoscope and the color wheel join forces to help these two guys live in harmony? Will the hamsters and the goldfish get their charts done? You'll just have to tune in to find out.

Today's highlights

¢ NASCAR action (6:30 p.m., Fox).

¢ Scheduled on "48 Hours Mystery" (7 p.m., CBS): A reporter's knowledge may have cost him his life.

¢ Scheduled on "Dateline" (7 p.m., NBC): a second look at child-abuse allegations.

¢ A lonely surfer girl befriends an alien critter in the 2002 animated musical "Lilo & Stitch" (7 p.m., ABC).

¢ Robert Duvall, Morgan Freeman and Tea Leoni star in 1998 drama "Deep Impact" (8 p.m., CBS), the feel-bad movie of the decade.

¢ Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant star in the 2001 comedy "Bridget Jones's Diary" (8 p.m., NBC), a modern take on "Pride and Prejudice."

¢ "Greatest Southern Rock Songs" (8 p.m., CMT) counts down 20 classics, including "Sweet Home Alabama" and "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." Will "Tallahassee Lassie" make the cut?

¢ Four consecutive repeats of "Chappelle's Show" (9 p.m., Comedy Centra) air every night at this time through July 4.

Sunday's highlights

¢ Scheduled on "60 Minutes" (6 p.m., CBS): Elian Gonzalez; storming an Iraqi town; Neil Armstrong.

¢ Scheduled on "Dateline" (6 p.m., NBC): A 13-year-old copes with an accelerated-aging disease.

¢ Cuba Gooding Jr. stars in the 2000 drama "Men of Honor" (6:30 p.m., Fox).

¢ A single mother of seven gets her reward on "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" (7 p.m., ABC).

¢ Kate Hudson stars in the 2003 romantic comedy "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" (8 p.m., CBS).

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