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Oprah Winfrey host to music legends

May 15, 2006

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A humble daytime talk-show host shares home movies of a little social gathering called "Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball" (7 p.m., ABC).

Some time ago, Winfrey threw a weekend-long party honoring 25 women from the fields of art, entertainment and civil rights. The assembled greats included Maya Angelou, Ruby Dee, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Della Reese, Diana Ross, Alice Walker and Dionne Warwick. The festivities culminate with a Sunday brunch, complete with gospel-music entertainment.

The big celebration began with a Friday lunch, introducing the 25 legends to an equal number of younger talent, including Ashanti, Alicia Keys, Brandy and more. The event was catered by cable-TV fixture Colin Cowie and took place at Winfrey's Montecito home.

¢ Michael, Lincoln and their followers continue their great escape, even as the warden calls out the dogs on the season finale of "Prison Break" (7 p.m., Fox). Coupled with "24" (8 p.m., Fox), this series has helped create a fast-paced night of nail-biting action.

These two shows also exude the brand of conspiracy-soaked paranoia that worked so well for "The X-Files." Both "Prison Break" and "24" depict our national leaders as mere puppets dancing on the strings held by our "real" rulers - shadowy agents beholden to oil barons.

¢ What if John Cusack's character from "Say Anything" never put down that boom box and never went away? I have a feeling he'd end up on the derivative sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" (7:30 p.m., CBS), ending its first season tonight.

Still smitten with Robin, Ted declares his love in an over-the-top manner. And when that doesn't work, he learns and performs an Indian rain dance to keep Robin in town. Don't ask. The best thing that can be said for "Mother" is it gives Neil Patrick Harris ("Doogie Howser, M.D.") a chance to act like a yuppie cad. And even that gets old very fast.

Tonight's other highlights

¢ The search for Denny's new heart continues on the two-hour conclusion of the season finale of "Grey's Anatomy" (8 p.m., ABC).

¢ "American Experience" (8 p.m., PBS) repeats the 2004 documentary "The Golden Gate Bridge."

¢ A gang puts a price on Horatio's head on "CSI: Miami" (9 p.m., CBS).

¢ The final five design a display for a mega-chain store on "The Apprentice" (9 p.m., NBC).

¢ The new series "Hot Zips" (9 p.m., HGTV) celebrates trendy and emerging neighborhoods from San Antonio to Philadelphia.

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