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-LOS ANGELES TIMES WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 1999 F9 I I TODAY ON TV P " : CHANNELS LnAngaW 8Q KOCE (PBS) SO OraagtCourtr EB KVEA (Tele.) 23 ! a KCBSIC8SI02 63 KD0C(lod )56 tClKNBCINKIM S3 KLCSIEdu.) 17 lBKTLA(WB05 ESKRCAlnd.)20 J O KABC IABCI 07 Pata Sprint O KCAL lnd. 09 3 KMBNBC04 BO KTTVFoxi1 MKESQiA6q7.25 JEKCETIPBSI28 ?!"'d'' B3KPXNPA)0 30 "UHHJiZ4 J H3KMEX(Uni.)14 VwiMraCawrty Q3lCTBNlnd.)40 iSKA0YUPN)16 CMServtcet ME 39 Ef 63 SCI-R 87 AMC 35 ESPN 34 SHOW 41 err 57 espm 84 tbs 43 BRVO 54 FAM 47 TCM 88 CNBC 31 FSW27 TIC 51 I COM 79 FX 89 TMC 58 .TSPN29 HBO 33 TNN 49 XMAX45 HIST 30 TNT 52 i CNN 42 LIFE 46 USA 44 DSC 37 MTV 48 VH1 62 DISN 53 NICK 38 WGN 55 !Use numbers after call letters to set VCR Plus. Where there are two num- bers, repeat the procedure. , ffl) in the grid, denotes a repeat pro-J gram. J ',' Movie Ratings 5w A CLASSIC w FIRST RATE FLAWED: HAS MOMENTS ' DESPERATION TIME if if TALK SHOW GUESTS Who's on today's talk shows? See our new listing on page F10. 9:00 a.m. 9M KCBS Martha Stewart 42269 J 1 1 KEVT Regis 81 Kathie Lee 39795 ID KNBC 36 KMIRLetta(TV14) 3337 O KTIA Sally Jessy Raphael (TV14) JCampus safety. 86627 a KABC42 KESQ Regis & Kathie Ue71795 111 KCAL S3 KAOYTheNewlywed .Game CD KTTV I Love Lucy D9 KCOPNewsRadio(TVPG 03 KSCIICanDolt! m KWHY Business News 341 KVCR Sesame Street 35511 BD KCET Barney & Friends (TVY) 94153 EE KTBN Dr. Cherry E0 KHSC Marilyn Miglin BD KOCE Instructional TV S3 KVEA Ely Ella 44269 E3 KDOC Life in the Word ED KLCS TEAMS Turn On to Geometry EB KRCA Pobre Diabla A&E Simon & Simon CNBC Power Lunch 46191 CNN Newsday COM v "Head Office" '86 2hr 2728559 DSC Assignment Discovery (TVGI DISN Sing Me a Story: With Belle (TVY) E! F.Y.EI (TVPGI ESPN SportsCenter ESPN2 Cory Everson's Gotta Sweat FAMMorkandMindy(TVG) FSW The Method FSW2 Fox Sports News FX Picket Fences (TVPGI UFE Next Door (TVGI 423288 MTV MTV Ultra Sound NICK Kipper 249288 SCI-FI The Twilight Zone (TVPGI TBS Matlock TCM v "Thrill of a Romance" '45 1hr45 7161530 TLC Bingo & Molly (TVY) TNN America's Country Hits (TVGI TNT Reasonable Doubts (TVPG-LV) USA The Jeff Foxworthy Show (TVPGI VH1 Back to Back Videos (TVPGI WGN Matlock 9:30 a.m. Q KCAL Real TV (TVPGI GO KTTV I Love Lucy 03 KCOP Martin m KWHY Business News BD KCET The Puzzle Place (TVY) 38085 Ed KTBN Dean and Mary Brown S3 KLCS 3-2-1 Classroom Contact (9451 BS KADY The Dating Game BRVO v "Hamlet" '69 2hr30 279801 CM AX w "Breakdown" '97 1 hr33 3475004 CNN Burden of Proof 592882 DISN Winnie the Pooh (TVY) El Mysteries & Scandals (TVPGI ESPN2BodyShaping FAM Knock Knock Show (TVY) 138608 FSW2 Funk AerobicsBody Conditioning LIFE New Attitudes 134882 MTV Music Videos (TVPGI NICK Blue's Clues SCI-FI Beyond Reality (TVPG) SHOW w "Hell in the Pacific" ' 1hr44 50442356 (9:351 TLC Sally's Lighthouse (TVY) TNN Woman's Day With Phyllis George (TVGI 659337 USA Something So Right (TVPG) 10:00 a.m. H KCBS The Price Is Right (TVG) a KNBC 36 KMIRRoseanne Show 48882 B KTLA Sally Jessy Raphael (TV14Paternity questions. 48202 tt KABC IX! KEYT42 KESQ The View 99530 B KCAL Maury (TVG) 20424 ED KTTV Andy Griffith 03 KCOP $5 KAOY Judge Joe Brown ES KWHY Business News '24! KVCR Creative Living S3 KCET Sesame Street 22085 EEI KMEX Maite (TVGI ED KTBN Behind the Scenes : John Avanzini: Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (10:15) W KVEA Con Todo el Alma 82443 . S3 KLCS Challenge of the Unknown 133 KRCAv"UnaGringuitaen Mexico" '51 2hr 74849 AMC v "Never Steal Anything Small" '59 1hr45 58695714(10:15) A&E Law & Order (TVPGI CNN CNN Today DSC Home Matters (TVGI DISN Bear in the Big Blue House (TVY) El Freddie Prinze: Story (TVPG-V) ESPN Racehorse Digest ESPN2 NBA 2Night FAM The 700 Club FSW2 Fitting It In FX Beverly Hills, 90210 (TVPG) HIST Blood and Iron (TVG) LIFE Party of Five (TVPG-L) NICK Little Bear 114153 SCI-FI Time Trax(TV14-V) TBS Hunter TLC The Big Garage (TVY) TMCi""MyGirl'"911hr42 66608530(10:15) TNN Crook & Chase (TVG) 543337 TNT In the Heat of the Night (TVPG-V) USA The Naked Truth (TVPG) VH1 Women First (TVPG) WGN News 10:30 a.m. CD KTTV Andy Griffith 03 KCOP Judge Joe Brown S3 KWHY Business News ; Health News (10:50) 1241 KVCR Sew Creative With Donna Wilder EE KTBN Casey Treat E3 KDOC Froozles (TVG) 58691 7 EE) KLCS The Art Maker; Tracks: Impressions of America (10:45) DISN Out of the Box (TVY) ESPN Auto Racing- CART Firestone Firehawk 500. 719004 ESPN2 NBA Finals Films HBO Trojan War" '97 1hr30 451337 NICK Franklin 238172 TLC Jay Jay the Jet Plane (TVY) USA Boston Common (TVPG-D) VH1 Pop-Up Video (TVPGI 11:00 a.m. B KCBS The Young and the Restless ITV141 73578 KM KNBC News a KTLA Judge Mills Lane U KABC I if KEYT Port Charles (TVPGI 97086 El KCAL Jerry Springer 40288 CD KTTV Grace Under Fire CB KCOP Jenny Jones (TVPGI 36907 EQ KWHY Business News; California Stocks (11:201 4J KVCR Martha's Sewing Room S3 KCET The Big Comfy Couch 18172 ED KMEX Ensename a Querer 361 KMIR The People's Court D KTBN James Robison 1421 KESQ Howie Mandel 19511 3 KHSC Totally Technibond EB KVEA Perro Amor 78530 S3 KDOC Southland Today (TVGI S3 KLCS Using Maps. Globes. Graphs, Tables, Charts and Diagrams ; Taxes in U.S. History (11:15) A&E Northern Exposure (TVPG) CMAX " "When Time Ran Out" '80 1hr49 84698714(11:05) CNBC Street Signs COM Saturday Night Live (TV1 4) DSC Lynette Jennings Design (TVGI DISN Madeline (TVY) E! World's Best Casinos (TVGI ESPN2 High School Basketball-Magic's Roundball Classic. 7142066 FAM All New Captain Kangaroo (TVY) 195202 FX Beverly Hills, 90210 (TVPG) HIST 20th Century With Mike Wallace (TVPG) LIFE Chicago Hope (TV14-V) MTV Rocks Off (TVPG) NICK Gullah Gullah Island 363207 SO-H Sightings (TVG) SHOW kv "Lone Wolf McQuade" '83 1hr47 7260443(11:15) TBS aw "Support Your Local Sheriff!" '69 2hr05 40438675 TCM v "Yolanda and the Thief" '45 1hr48 1166820 TLC Pappyland (TVY) Please tee TV LOG F10 : Prime-Time TV Rankings Networks' Juggling Act Doesn't Impress Viewers Viewers generally voted thumbs down as the major networks juggled their lineups last week, based on results issued Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. NBC's Thursday lineup generated ho-hum tune-in by that night's lofty standards, as "Will & Grace" replaced "Jesse" in the coveted slot between "Friends" and "Frasier." A new sitcom, "Everything's Relative," delivered mediocre results last Tuesday but still topped ABC's critically lauded competitor, "Sports Night." Fox's newest animated hope, "Family Guy," showed promise by building on "The Simpsons' " audience Sunday, though not as much as National Nielsen Vlewershlp "Futurama" had done. After the benefit of two Sunday airings, that animated entry watched its audience drop 47 with the move to Tuesdays, as Fox's "all 'toon" block failed to draw out many viewers. ABC also shuffled its Friday schedule, only to see "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" conjure up its lowest rating ever for an original episode, as did last week's "NYPD Blue." The premiere of "Titanic" on HBO dislodged wrestling from the top cable ranking; by contrast, Comedy Central's "South Park" may be sinking, as that animated comedy's season premiere fell nearly 40 versus a year ago. BRIAN LOWRY Here are the rankings for national prime-time network television last week (April 5-11) as compiled by Nielsen Media Research. They are based on the average number of people who watched a program from start to finish. Nielsen estimates that there are 256.6 million potential U.S. viewers age 2 and older. Viewership is listed here in millions. Nat- viaw- Program worit are ' 1. ER NBC 2640 2. Friends NBC 21.88 u 3. Frasier NBC 21.70 4. 60 Minutes CBS 19.80 5. Touched by an Angel CBS 19.53 6. Will & Grace NBC 19.08 1 7. Just Shoot Me NBC 18.51 - 8. The X-Files FOX 17.65 9. Every. Loves Raymond CBS 16.65 '; 10. Family Guy FOX 14.50 '' U. Ally McBeal FOX 14.25 I 12. The Simpsons FOX 14.13 J 13. The Drew Carey Show ABC 14.10 14. "Blue Moon" CBS 14.09 15. Becker CBS 13.84 16. Just Shoot Me NBC 13.58 17. NYPD Blue ABC 13.58 18. 2020 (Wed.) ABC 13.30 19. Providence NBC 13.17 20. 2020 (Fh.) ABC 12.89 I 21. Law 4 Order NBC 12.50 " 22. The Norm Show ABC 12.31 23. 48 Hours CBS 11.97 24. JA8 C8S 11.68 25. King ol Queens CBS 11.61 26. Spin City ABC 11.60 27. Home Improvement ABC 11.52 28. World's Sewst Commercials FOX 11.46 29. "WyattEarp"Ft 1 NBC 11.45 . 30. Dateline NBC (Fit.) NBC 11.37 31. 48 Hours CBS 11.29 32. Dateline NBC (Wed.) NBC 11.23 33. 2020 (Mon.) ABC 11.09 t, 34. Cosby CBS 11.07 i 35. Turte) CBS 10.89 " 36. TheHughleys ABC 10.74 37. Promised land CBS 10.67 38. EveryUiing's Relative NBC 10.61 t 39. The Pretender NBC 10.55 "Some. Borrowed, Some. Blue" C8S 10.55 " 41. Its like you know. . . ABC 10 48 42. Nastl Bridges CBS 10.47 43. 60 Minutes II CBS 10.33 " 44. DhermaiGreg ABC 10.28 I 45. 2020 (Sun.) ABC 10.21 Dateline NBC (Trie.) NBC 10.21 47. Homicide: Ufe on the Street NBC 1016 48. Dateline NBC (Mon.) NBC 10.11 49. Sports Night ABC 10.08 50. Unsolved Mysteries CBS 10.04 51. Sons 01 Thunder CBS 9.91 52. Body Human 2000 CBS 9.78 ,' 53. "Ice Wars: Four the World" CBS 9.74 n 54. Two Buys, Cirl & Ptaa Place ABC 9.73 55. 3rd Rock From the Sun (Tue.) NBC 9.68 56. Kids Say the Damdest Things CBS 9.61 57. Frasier (8 p.m.) NBC 9.46 58. Candid Camera CBS 9.43 59. Law S Order (Mon.) NBC 9.36 u 60. Dateline NBC (Sun.) NBC 8.89 Futurama FOX 8.89 62. Brothers Keeper ABC 885 "Harriet the Spy" ABC 8.85 ; 64. "The Century" Ft 4 (Mon.) ABC 8.81 65. The Practice ABC 8.68 66. World's Most Amailng Videos NBC 8.63 67. The Fox Files FOX 8.58 ' j in i i 1 I l I Nat- View-Program work are 114. Between Brothers UPN 2.24 115. The Jamie Foxx Show WB 2.22 116. The Sentinel UPN 2.01 117. Family Rules UPN 1.97 118. Smart Guy (Thur.) WB 1.91 Malcolm S Eddie UPN 1.91 120. America's Greatest Pets II UPN 1.88 121. America's Greatest Pets UPN 1.74 122. love Boat: The Next Wave UPN 1.59 Cable Top 10 Here are Nielsen's top 10 cable programs in prime time last week, also ranked by total viewers (in millions). SETH MacFARLANEFox Stewie Griffin of "Family Guy" Program are 100. 101. 102. 103. 104. 105. 106. 107. 108. 109. 110. 111. 112. 113. Beverly Hills, 90210 Every. Loves Raymond (Wed.) Prorlkir PJs Cops (8:30 p.m.) Boy Meets World Payne Family Guy (Tue.) America's Most Wanted World's Funniest! Melrose Place Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Wortd's Wildest Police videos Carolina in the City Cops King o( the Hill Suddenly Susan "The Century" PL 5 (Tue.) FOX CBS NBC FOX FOX ABC CBS FOX FOX FOX FOX ABC FOX NBC FOX FOX NBC ABC America's Funniest Home Videos ABC Millennium Guinness World Records 7th Heaven "Tigers ol Kahna" Charmed 'The Century" Ft 6 (Sat.) The Big Moment Smart Guy Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane Sister, Sister Unhappily Ever After Star Trek: Voyager Buffy the Vampire Slayer 7th Heaven Beginnings Rescue 77 Dilbert Dawson's Creek The Steve Harvey Show Moesha Moesha (8:30 p.m.) Moesha (9 p.m.) ForYourLove . Felicity Redhanded 7 Days Moesha (8 p.m.) Moesha (9:30 p.m.) FOX FOX WB NBC WB ABC ABC WB WB WB WB UPN WB WB WB UPN WB WB UPN UPN UPN WB WB UPN UPN UPN UPN 856 8.54 8.50 837 835 8.31 8.26 8.17 812 7.94 7.90 7,89 7.80 7.16 7.10 7.08 6.87 683 667 6.45 633 6.12 583 5.68 566 469 395 368 3.60 356 3.50 349 3.47 3.46 3.09 2.93 285 2.65 2.62 260 2.50 2.49 2.45 2.43 2.38 2.33 Propane wore en 1. "Titanic" HBO 8.56 2. Wrestling (Mon., 10 p.m.) USA 7.01 3. Wrestling (Mon., 9 p.m.) USA 6.19 4. Wrestling (Sun., 7 p.m.) USA 5.19 9. Wrestling (Mon, 10 p.m.) TNT 4.99 6. Wrestling (Mon., 9 p.m.) TNT 4.61 7. Wrestling (Mon., 8 p.m.) TNT 4.50 8. "36 Hours to Die" TNT 3.74 9. South Park COMC 3.41 10. Walker. Texas Ranger USA 3.40 Network Averages Here Is the number of viewers that each network averaged per hour of prime time, for last week and for the season. Last Season met todats CBS 11.92 million 13.13 NBC 11.63 12.69 FOX 9.56 10.91 ABC 9.29 12.05 WB 3.62 4.54 UPN 2.35 2.75 Southland Viewing Here are Nielsen's Top 10 prime-time programs in the Los Angeles area during the same week. The rankings are based on the number of households watching. Sta- Howe. Program Hon holds 1. Friends KN8C 980.804 2. Frasier' KNBC 847,292 3. ER KNBC 826,751 4. 60 Minutes KCBS 806.211 6. The X-Files KTTV 795,941 6. Will Grace KNBC 765,130 7. Ally McBeal KTTV 744,590 Just Shoot Me KNBC 744,590 9. The Simpsons KTTV 636,752 10. Family Guy KTTV 621,347 RADIO OPENINGS .Tips for Today w 10 p.m. -midnight Chicago Symphony: JZdenek Macal conducts Mahler (songs from "Des Knaben Wunderham," 'mezzo-soprano Petra Lang, baritone .Simon Keenlyside), Mendelssohn (4th Symphony), KKGO-FM (105.1). 10-11 p.m. Arti In Review: Serbian J actress-director Zelka Gortinskl; cabaret Singer Karen Fineman, KPFK-FM (90.7). 10:30- 11p.m., 2:30-3 a.m.-The Six t Shooter: A young man thinks his mother is Imarrying way too soon after his father's death, KNX(1070). Drama-Comedy-Family 10-10:30 p.m., 2-2:30 a.m. Escape: A woman's mother mysteriously disappears on an expedition, KNX (1070), PopRock Vince Gill (Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos, 1562) 916-8500). Last year's album "The Key" took one of country music's most admired figures to a new creative level. 8 p.m. Honky Toast (Viper Room, 8852 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310 358-1880). The New York rockers cast themselves in the tradition of the New York Dolls, ACDC and the Ramones. Also: Shhh! 9 p.m. Also Friday at the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, (949) 496-8927, 8 p.m. Music Pacific Symphony (Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 7141 755-5799). Guest conductor Maximiano Valdes leads Wagner's Prelude to "Die Meistersinger," Beethoven's Triple Concerto (with the Eroica Trio as soloists) and the Symphony No. 7 by Dvordk. 8 p.m. Also, Thursday at 8 p.m. 'Midway Search Discovers Powerful Emotions Television Review By ERNESTO LECHNER SPECIAL TO THE TIMES Hidden within National Geographies "The Battle for Midway," which premieres tonight on TBS, is an unexpected antiwar message delivered in such a subtle and poetic way that some of its images linger in your mind long after you've finished watching it. The main attraction of the 90-minute special is meant to be following renowned deep-sea explorer Robert Ballard (the same obsessive fellow who in 1985 discovered the remains of the Titanic) looking for the vestiges of the American and Japanese ships sunk during the Battle of Midway. A brutal incident, the June 1942 naval confrontation saw young American and Japanese soldiers fighting viciously for control of the Pacific Ocean. Eventually, the Japanese were defeated, after causing significant damage to the U.S. side. Using the traditional device of parallel action, the special tells two stories. A tense account of the battle is enriched with unbelievable 16-millimeter footage shot by none other than director John Ford, who was on one of the ships and almost killed by enemy fire. The footage from Ford, who went on to make such classic films as "The Quiet Man" and "The Grapes of Wrath,' is intercut with the mostly monotonous story of the modem-day quest for the battle's remains. Ballard and crew spend much of their screen time searching the waters fruitlessly. As expected, they eventually discover the remains of the U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown. We then get to see some exceptional shots of the gloomy vessel resting in the eerie calmness of the sea floor. Fortunately, Ballard was wise enough to Sail in good company. Along for the search are two Japanese and two American veterans, who fought the Battle of Midway. Their presence turns this otherwise ordinary quest into a poignant affair. Interestingly, the old fighters don't seize the opportunity to make any ponderous statements about war and patriotism. Instead, they gaze at the waters with a melancholy look, interacting with each other with a politeness and respect that are almost moving. When Ballard apologizes profusely for not being able to find any traces of a ship yet, one of the Japanese veterans gives us a precious Zen moment amid the fervor of the search: "I am very happy to be here right now," he says, before throwing to the sea a bouquet of flowers he has brought especially from Japan for the soldiers who died. The discovery of Yorktown brings the veterans to tears as they remember the horrors of the battle, the fire and the loss of so many young lives. The profound sadness drawn on their old, wrinkled faces is as eloquent an expression as any of the high price of war. "The Battle for Midway" airs tonight at 5:05 p.m. and 8:05 p.m. on TBS. Crime Continued from Fl enough to introduce a queue of characters with a reason to want her dead. They include her law colleagues, her married politician lover and a clever, boyishly evil, working-class thug named Gary Ashe (Ricci Harnett). He's an accused murderer whom Venetia successfully defends but whose involvement with her 18-year-old daughter, Octavia (Flora Montgomery), she intends to stop. Unfortunately, Venetia gets stopped first. The means of her demise is deliciously exotic, and the TV story's oaken barristers' milieu wiggy wonderful. Yet the book is much better, deeper and inkier than Michael Russell's adaptation, which softens the mother-daughter relationship, saps Venetia of the icy ruthlessness she needs to earn such universal hatred, and poorly sets up James' explosive conclusion. Yet compared with "Diagnosis Murder" on CBS well, don't ask. U.S. television has been no slouch in copdom this decade, creating a golden age of crime series with the likes of ABC's "NYPD Blue" and NBC's "Law & Order" and "Homicide: Life on the Street." Although mysterious on some levels, however, these are not classic puzzlers. When it comes to pure whodunits on TV, Americans generally are chumps, the Brits champs. The British crowd is not always top drawer, one relative "Mystery!" clunker being the shallow "Cadfael," even that fine actor Derek Jacobi being unable to find much spark in the 12th century yenta of a detective created by Ellis Peters. Plus the production values don't add up to much more than a few robes and sandals. In addition to Dalgliesh, however, the A-list includes: My favorite, the memorably flawed Det. Chief Inspector Jane Tennison of "Prime Suspect," created by Lynda La Plarite, with Helen Mirren just a stunner as a tenaciously ambitious, highly able but self-destructive cop battling as many personal demons as criminals. At their complex best, "Prime Suspect" and Mirren's Tennison surpassed everything on the TV planet. Ranking second for me, "Inspector Morse," which continues to be available in reruns on PBS and on cable's A&E network (tonight and Thursday night, for example). But it may have bid goodbye in first-run with a recent "Mystery!" two-parter in which John Thaw's hard-drinking, cerebral Oxford chief inspector solved from his hospital bed an 1859 crime for which two innocent men were hanged. Even that didn't make him smile. So morose and cranky that he makes Dalgliesh seem almost giddy by comparison, Morse will be greatly missed if reports are true about writer Colin Dexter deciding to permanently retire him. "Miss Marple," with the late Joan Hixon so subtly effective at locking like a laser on murderers as Agatha Christie's dowdy villager who wears her detective's mantle as comfortably as she does sensible shoes. Miss Marple: "I may be what is termed a spinster, but I know the difference between horseplay and murder." "Hercule Poirot," Christie's most famous sleuth, a self-described "bloody little Belgian," played to prissy perfection by David Suchet. Poirot is vain and conceited, but deservedly so. "Sherlock Holmes." Just as Hixon was the best Miss Marple and Suchet the best Poirot, so was the late Jeremy Brett the most complete Holmes (apologies to Basil Rathbone), projecting the troubled soul along with the remarkable crime-solving skills and mastery of the arcane that Arthur Conan Doyle gave his Victorian sleuth for all seasons. "Lord Peter Wimsey." I feel warmly toward Wimsey, the monocled 1920s dandy created by Dorothy L. Sayers, because watching him on TV first turned me on to British detectives. Not the most recent Wimsey of 1987, played by Edward Petherbridge, but Ian Car-michael's Wimsey of 1973-74 on "Masterpiece Theatre." What a deceptive package, his pretense of effete snobbery disguising a sharp, analytical mind that overmatched every criminal he came up against. "Cracker," whose protagonist created by Jimmy McGovern and robustly played by Robbie Coltrane is a Manchester forensic psychologist with extraordinary crime-solving skills. And oh, yes he is also an alcoholic, gambling-addicted, angst-ridden, thick-bellied slob of a philanderer, who is somehow enormously likable. Go figure. ABC apparently couldn't. Its own Americanized version of "Cracker" had a short run last season before falling prey to low ratings and bad execution. The Brits just do it better on TV. On the other hand, we'll always have Raymond Chandler and Dashiel Hammett. "Mystery!" begins its three-part run Thursday at 9 p.m. on KCET. The network has rated it TV-PG-V (may be unsuitable for young children, with a special advisory for violence). UNIVERSITY VILLAGE 3, Bargain Matinees S4.S0 1 DTS Digital Keanu Reeves: "The Matrix" UNIVERSITY VILLAGE 3, 3323 Hoover at Jefferson 2 0TS Digital "Mod Squad": 3 "Foolish" UNIVERSITY VILLAGE 3-213748-6321 Fri. & Sat. Mid: "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" LOS FELIZ 1,1822 N. Vermont-323-664-2169 6TrkDTS"Go" LOS FELIZ 2, 1822 N Vermont-664-2169 DTS "EDTV7 sep. 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TUST1N "Never Been Kissed": "The Out Ot Towners Capt aooWeln0y)(-71t'SM-re5OI1atut' mwmm EAGLE ROCK PLAZA 4 - 2700 W. Colorado 81. Dolby "A Bug's Life"; "Blast From The Past" EAGLE ROCK PLAZA 4 - 323044-9559 DolbyfMy Favorite Martian"; "The Other Sister" EAGLE ROCK PLAZA 4 - 2700 W. Colorado Bl. Dolby "Cruel Intentions"; "The Corruptor'(R) EAGLE ROCK PLAZA 4 - 323044-9559 Dolby "October Sky"; "She's All That" THE NEW EAGLE, 4884 Eagle Rock Bl -323-478-7302 October iky ; A Bug s Lite HIGHLAND 1 , 5604 N. Figueroa-256-6383 "Forces 01 Nature"(PG-13) HIGHLAND 2. 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Colorado Blvd.-626792-3540 Dolby Central Station BARST0W STATION CINEMA 1-619256-FILM Never Been Kissed (PG-13) BARST0W STATION CINEMA 2-619256-FILM "The Matrix"(R) BARST0W STATION CINEMA 3-619256-FILM Go"(R) BARST0W STATION CINEMA 4-619256-FILM "10 Things I Hate About You"(PG-13) BARST0W STATION CINEMA 5-6197256-FILM Forces Ot Nature" BARST0W STATION CINEMA 6-619256-FILM 'Doug's 1st Movie"(G); "Shakespeare In Love"(R) CAROUSEL 1- 909381-4461 "A Bug s Life (PG); Wing Commander CAROUSEL 2, 155 Carousel Mall 8mm"; "The Corruptor CAROUSEL 3, Bargain Prices "She's All That". "The Other Sister" CAROUSEL 4, Bargain Prices Blast From The Past ; My Favorite Martian STERLING CINEMA t, 2373 N. Sterling Ave. 6 Trk OTS "Analyze This"(R) STERLING CINEMA 2-909425-8868 "Dolby SR "The Out Of Towners" STERLING CINEMA 3, Free Parking Dolby SR "Foolish" STERLING CINEMA 4, 2373 N Sterling Ave. Dolby SR "Doug's first Movie'fsep "The Mod Squad' STERLING CINEMA 5-909425-8888 Dolby SR "Forces Of Nature" STERLING CINEMA 6. Free Parking Dolby SR "Go" RIALT0 CINEMA 8. 290 W. BASELINE "The King & l"(G) RIALT0 CINEMA 8,909820-3200 "Forces Of Nature" RIALT0 CINEMA 8. 290 W. BASELINE "Baby Geniuses' RIAIT0 CINEMA 8. 909820-3200 "Wing Commander"(PG-13) RIALT0 CINEMA 8. 290 W. BASELINE "The Corruptor"(R) RIALT0 CINEMA 8. 909820-3200 "The Rage: Carrie 2" RIALT0 CINEMA 8, 290 W. BASELINE "Cruel lntentions"(fl) RIALT0 CINEMA 8, 909820-3200 "Analyze This "(PG) VILLAGE, CRESTLINE-909338-7355 "EDTV" BIANCHI PARAMOUNT 7, 7770 Rosecrans "The Matrix" BIANCHI PARAMOUNT 7, 562630-SHOW "10 Things I Hate About You" BIANCHI PARAMOUNT 7, 7770 Rosecrans "Foolish" BIANCHI PARAMOUNT 7. 562630-SHOW "Baby Geniuses" BIANCHI PARAMOUNT 7 "Twin Dragon" BIANCHI PARAMOUNT 7, 562630-SHOW "Never Been Kissed" BIANCHI PARAMOUNT 7, 7770 Rosecrans "The Rage: Carrie 27 sep. "ED TV" RUSTIC I0YLLWILO 909659-2747 "Analyze This" AMERICANA 5, Van Nuys at Parthenia Dolby "The Deep End Ot The Ocean" AMERICANA 5, 818893-6441 Dolby "The Thin Red Line" AMERICANA 5. Panorama City Dolby "8mm"; "The Corruptor AMERICANA 5. Van Nuys at Parthenia Dolby"My Favorite Martian"; 'Wing Commander" AMERICANA 5, 818893-6441 Dolby "Mighty Joe Young"; "She's AH That" FIVE STAR 1, 10155 Reseda - 993-0211 Dolby SR "October Sky ; "The Other Sister FIVE STAR 2. Northrldae umrjysri iMnsuiion ; LOMWszsrrpwg was FIVE STAR 3. Northridge uoioy buz ine last uays ; uoos 4 Monsters FIVE STAR 4, 10155 Reseda - 993-021 1 Dolby SR Tango , Elizabeth FIVE STAR 5, 10155 Reseda - 993-021 1 Dolby SR "Lite Is Beautiful" CINEMACAL CARRIAGE SQUARE -101 W. Gcnzales Tlsfrrafflfwr; Deep End Of The Ocean ; "llessage In A SalBe" CINEMACAL CARRIAGE SQUARE -101 W. Gonzales Payback (R); bmm (R) CINEMACAL CARRIAGE SQUARE -805485-8727 "The Rage: Came 2 ; The Corrupter (R) CINEMACAL CARRIAGE SQUARE -805485-6727 You ve Got Mail (PG); "Stepmom"(PG-13) CINEMACAL CARRIAGE SQUARE -101 W. Gonzales -Blast from me Past (PG-13): "Patch Adams (PG-13) PASE0 CAMARILLO.390 N. Lantana-805383-2267 Shakespeare In Love (R); Lock, Slock 1 2 Smoking Barrets' PASE0 CAMARILLO, 390 N. Larrana-805383-2267 Lite is Beautiful (n) PASE0 CAMARILLO, 390 N. Lantana-(3l383-2267 Cookies Fortune FILLMORE, Towne, 338 CentraJ-524-3456 "Forces Of Nature" 0XNARD, Esplanade 1 -805485-0201 ' Call Theatre For Program 0XNARD, Esplanade 2, $3 Thurs.-Tues. Call Theatre For Program 0XNARD, Esplanade 3, $2 Wednesday Call Theatre For Program SANTA PAULA 7. 550 W. Main--805933-67fl7 Never Been Kissed (PG-13) SANTA PAULA 7. All Seats $3.50 before 6 pm "Lite Is Beautilul"(R) SANTA PAULA 7, Program Info, 8057933-6707 inerviamx SANTA PAULA 7, 550 W. Main, Opposite Vons -10 imngs I Hate About You (PG-13) SANTA PAULA Z, All Seats $3.50 before 6pm "The 0ut0!Towners"(PG-13) SANTA PAULA 7.550 W Main-805-933-6707 "Forces Of Nature"(PG-13) SANTA PAULA 7. 550 W. Main-805933-6707 True Crime (R) REGENT WESTIAKE 1 , 81 87889-2388 "Gods And Monsters" REGENTWESTLAKE 2. 4711 lakeviewCyn.Rd Lire is beautrrui (ni-i J): tuzaoem REGENTWESTLAKE 3, 818889-2388 "Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels' VAN BUREN. Arlmgton-90968-2360 "True Crime"; "The Matrix" VAN BUREN. Arimoton-909688-2360 "Never Been Kissad'(PG-t3); 'Simply Irresistible' VAN BUREN, Arlington-909688-2360 '10 Things I Hale About You" I

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