Archive for Thursday, August 9, 2007

Bounty Girls’ bond over captured crooks

August 9, 2007

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What if you combined "The View" with "COPS"? You'd get a gritty law-enforcement procedural interrupted by female bonding, endless arguments, a constant fight for status within the group and a focus on female intuition, with a particular obsession over the location of the nearest bathroom. All of these elements come together on "Bounty Girls Miami" (8 p.m., Court TV).

Jag is the Barbara Walters of the group. An 18-year veteran of the Sunshine Bail Bonds Agency, she has captured more than 7,000 fugitives. Jag is also a mom who has a testy relationship with her 20-year-old daughter, Amanda.

The attractive but no-nonsense Jade operates as Jag's driver and aide. Gloria is the computer whiz and the girliest girl on the team. Gloria gets on Jag's bad side when she helps fix a parking ticket for Amanda. Don't cross the alpha-female.

Clyde rounds out the cast. Service in the Army, Marines and Air Force has brought tone to her voluptuous figure. Jag uses Clyde's assets to attract the randy and rancid men crawling through the bail-bonds jungle.

If "Girls" had higher production values and a better sense of the ridiculous, it could become the "Charlie's Angels" for the 21st century. Alas, the "Girls" spend most of their time in tedious stakeouts. But this gives them plenty of time to bicker and argue, and it allows Jag to assert her mother-superior status.

While other bounty-hunting shows put the emphasis on macho attitude and excessive testosterone, "Girls" is all business and all-woman. And that's what makes it fun.

¢ Part reality show, part "Fame" and all inspiration, the Oscar-nominated documentary short "Rehearsing a Dream" (6 p.m., Cinemax) spends a week at the Miami conference of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. There, 160 high school students, considered the most gifted 17-year-old painters, dancers, actors, musicians, poets, filmmakers and photographers, gather to spend time with fellow nominees and receive inspiration from Mikhail Baryshnikov, choreographer Jacques D'Amboise and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

Vanessa Williams, who attended the conference in 1981, tells the kids what a turning point they have experienced. The week provides affirmation for talented kids not yet sure if the arts can be a realistic vocation. And it allows them to discover that they are not - in the words of many of the kids - "freaks" for devoting themselves to art and music instead of sports, dating and video games.

Tonight's other highlights

  • Earl hangs with an old victim (Christian Slater) turned tree-hugger on "My Name is Earl" (7 p.m., NBC).
  • The Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys clash in preseason NFL action (7 p.m., Fox).
  • Valentine's Day nausea on "30 Rock" (7:30 p.m., NBC).
  • Michael and Jan put their secret love behind them on "The Office" (8 p.m., NBC).
  • Matthew Perry plays a small-town teacher at a troubled New York City School in the 2006 drama "The Ron Clark Story" (8 p.m., TNT).
  • Designing with new accents on "Color Correction" (8:30 p.m., HGTV).
  • Rules broken on "Burn Notice" (9 p.m., USA).
  • Don adrift on "Mad Men" (9 p.m., AMC).
  • Jamiroquai, Damien Rice and the Goo-Goo Dolls perform on "Live From Abbey Road" (9 p.m., Sundance).

Cult choice

A Minneapolis rocker (Prince) battles for his beloved (Apollonia Kotero) and finds out what it sounds like when doves cry in the 1984 musical "Purple Rain" (8 p.m., VH1 Classic).

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