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ET_E_28_E28_LA_1_11-26-03_we_1_CMYK 2003:11:25:15:01:25 E28 WEDNESDAY,NOVEMBER26,2003 CALENDAR LOSANGELESTIMES TELEVISION & RADIO SERIES A whopper: Acast member is caught telling a shocking lie on “Survivor: Pearl Islands” (8 p.m. CBS). Toupee: An attorney who has hidden his baldness with a hairpiece for 13 years asks the Fab 5 to help him reveal his hairline to his family and friends on “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” (8 p.m. NBC). Do it yourself: The founders of Home Depot are featured on “Biography” (8 p.m. A&E). Turkey shoot: Stan (Norm Macdonald) takes up turkey hunting on “A Minute With Stan Hooper” (8:30 p.m. Fox). Lose weight fast: After losing 200 pounds, a man faces rigorous medical tests to see if he is a good candidate for a high-risk procedure designed to remove excess skin on “Extreme Makeover” (10 p.m. ABC). Miracle worker: The 4th-grade Thanksgiving play is in trouble and Stan, Kyle and Kenny go to great lengths to make their production, “Helen Keller: The Musical,” a hit. “South Park” (10 p.m. Comedy Central). SPECIALS Wedding plans: The happy couple (Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter) begin planning their wedding by meeting with event coordinator Mindy Weiss on “Trista and Ryan’s Wedding” (9 p.m. ABC). One ringy-dingy ... Lily Tomlin, best known for creating memorable characters — especially Ernestine, the nosy telephone operator, and Edith Ann, a young girl waxing philosophical in an oversized chair — is this year’s recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor featured on “On Stage at the Kennedy Center: The Mark Twain Prize 2003” (9 p.m. KCET). Battlestar redux: Fans of the ’70s series “Battlestar Galactica” won’t want to miss “Battlestar Galactica: The Lowdown” (10 p.m. Sci-Fi), a one-hour sneak peek at the Sci Fi channel’s miniseries that premieres in December. Today’s Highlights Fox ‘THAT ’70S SHOW’: Christina Moore, Wilmer Valderrama, center, and guest Dan Castellaneta star at 8 p.m. on Fox. The Early Show Ron Howard. 7 a.m. KCBS KTLA Morning News Missy Elliot; Joshua Malina. 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Alicia Keys. 7 a.m. KABC Live With Regis and Kelly Naomi Watts; Tori Amos. 9 a.m. KABC Good Day Live Fred Willard. 9 a.m. KTTV The View Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter; Enrique Iglesias. 10 a.m. KABC The Wayne Brady Show Wolfgang Puck; Dakota Fanning. 10 a.m. KCAL The Sharon Osbourne Show D.L. Hughley; DMX; Marsha Thomason. 11 a.m. KTLA The Ellen DeGeneres Show Bette Midler. 3 p.m. KNBC Oprah Winfrey Tom Cruise. 3 p.m. KABC Dr. Phil A21-year-old drug addict undergoes treatment. 4 p.m. KNBC Larry King Live Michael Jackson case. 6 and 9 p.m. CNN Charlie Rose Ron Howard. 11:30 p.m. KCET Late Show With David Letterman Mike Myers. 11:35 p.m. KCBS The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Madonna; Nelly Furtado. 11:35 p.m. KNBC The Late Late Show Mandy Moore; Jason Kidd. 12:35 a.m. KCBS Late Night Zach Braff; Billy Connolly; the Brian Setzer Orchestra. 12:35 a.m. KNBC Listings include talk shows that provide a guest list. Today’s Talk Shows TIPS FOR TODAY 2-3 p.m.—Talk of the City With Kitty Felde: “LAUSD Facilities” (2:05-2:20 p.m.); “Foxes on Catalina” (2:20-2:40 p.m.); actress-singer Rita Moreno (2:40-2:55 p.m.), KPCC-FM (89.3). 8-9 p.m.—The Twilight Zone :“Cavender Is Coming,” starring Andrea Evans; klutzy-but-lovable Agnes Grep is “rescued” from poverty by a guardian angel who needs to earn his wings, KSUR (1260). 8-10 p.m.—Evening Concert: Borodin (“Petite Suite,” Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra) (8:05-8:45 p.m.), KMZT-FM (105.1). CLASSICAL 10-11 a.m.—Morning Symphony, KCSN-FM (88.5). Noon-12:30 p.m.—Masterpiece of the Day: Dvorák (“Overture: My Home,” Czech Philharmonic Orchestra), KMZT- FM (105.1). 2-3 p.m.—Cost-Conscious Classix: Silver (“Concerto for Piano and Orchestra,” pianist Alexander Paley, the Lithuanian Symphony Orchestra), KCSN-FM (88.5). 7-8 p.m.—Symphony at 7: Beethoven (4th Symphony, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich), KMZT-FM (105.1). SPORTS Sports Reports— 15 and 45 minutes past the hour, KFWB (980), KNX (1070). 7:30-10 p.m.—Pro Basketball: Washington Wizards at Lakers, KLAC (570), KWKW (1330). Radio Prime-Time TV Rankings MUSIC BY Cy Coleman LYRICS BY Alan and Marilyn Bergman WRITTEN BY Larry Gelbart MUSICAL STAGING AND CHOREOGRAPHY BY Patricia Birch DIRECTED BY Gordon Davidson WORLD PREMIERE  Now-Jan 25,2004 PREVIEW TONIGHT AT 8 THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS(R) In DTS DIGITAL ◆ 11:00, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00, 11:00 TIMELINE(PG–13)On 2 Screens In DTS DIGITAL ◆ 11:05, 1:50, 5:00, 7:50, 11:10 TIMELINE(PG–13) In DTS DIGITAL ◆ 12:10, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50 LATE SHOW FRI. & SAT. 12:35 THE HAUNTED MANSION(PG)On 3 Screens In DTS DIGITAL 11:10, 1:40, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10 LATE SHOW FRI. & SAT. 11:40 THE HAUNTED MANSION(PG) In DTS DIGITAL 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10 THE HAUNTED MANSION(PG) In DTS DIGITAL 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:30, 11:00 THE MISSING(R)On 2 Screens In DTS DIGITAL ◆ 11:45, 2:50, 6:00, 9:00 LATE SHOW FRI. & SAT. 12:10 THE MISSING(R) In DTS DIGITAL ◆ 12:40, 4:05, 7:05, 10:20 BAD SANTA(R) In DTS DIGITAL ◆ 11:15, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:30 LATE SHOW FRI. & SAT. 12:00 DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT(PG)On 2 Screens In DTS DIGITAL 11:00, 1:10, 3:30, 5:50, 8:10, 10:40 DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT(PG) In DTS DIGITAL 11:40, 12:20, 2:00, 2:40, 4:30, 5:10, 7:10, 9:40 MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF ◆ THE WORLD(PG–13) In DTS DIGITAL 12:00, 3:10, 6:10, 9:20 LATE SHOW FRI. & SAT. 12:30 GOTHIKA(R)On 2 Screens In DTS DIGITAL ◆ 11:30, 2:10, 4:40, 7:20, 10:00 LATE SHOW FRI. & SAT. 12:35 Presented in MOPIX GOTHIKA(R) In DTS DIGITAL ◆ 12:50, 3:40, 6:20, 8:00, 8:50, 10:50 LATE SHOW FRI. & SAT. 11:30 THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS(R) In DTS DIGITAL ◆ 11:55, 3:05, 6:15, 9:15 LATE SHOW FRI. & SAT. 12:20 ELF(PG) In DTS DIGITAL 12:50, 2:45, 5:15, 7:40, 10:30 LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION(PG) In DTS DIGITAL 12:45, 3:15, 5:40 TUPAC RESURRECTION(R) In DTS DIGITAL ◆ 8:05, 10:45 LOVE ACTUALLY(R) In DTS DIGITAL ◆ 1:05, 4:05, 7:00, 10:15 SYLVIA(R) In DTS DIGITAL 11:15, 2:05, 4:50, 7:30, 10:15 BAD SANTA(R)On 3 Screens In DTS DIGITAL 11:00, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00 BAD SANTA(R) In DTS DIGITAL 11:45, 1:00, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 BAD SANTA(R) In Dolby Stereo 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30 LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION(PG) In Dolby Stereo 12:05, 2:20, 4:40, 7:05, 9:30 GOSPEL OF JOHN(PG–13)On 2 Screens In Dolby Stereo 11:30, 3:10, 7:10 SCHOOL OF ROCK(PG–13) In Dolby Stereo 12:45, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:45 THE HUMAN STAIN(R) In Dolby Stereo 11:10, 2:00, 5:00, 7:45, 10:40 INTOLERABLE CRUELTY(PG–13) In Dolby Stereo 12:15, 3:05, 5:35, 8:05, 10:35 RADIO(PG) In Dolby Stereo 11:25, 1:55, 4:20, 6:50, 9:25 KILL BILL VOLUME I(R) In Dolby Stereo 11:45, 3:00, 6:15, 9:30 MYSTIC RIVER(R) In Dolby Stereo 11:25, 2:45, 6:25, 9:35 DIE, MOMMIE, DIE!(R) In DTS DIGITAL 1:00, 4:05, 7:00, 10:00 SUNDANCE FILM SERIES TIMELINE(PG–13) In DTS DIGITAL 1:00, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD(PG–13)On 2 Screens In DTS DIGITAL 12:20, 3:40, 7:10, 10:20 MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD(PG–13) In DTS DIGITAL 6:10, 9:20 LOONEY TUNES: BACK IN ACTION(PG) In DTS DIGITAL 11:00, 1:30, 3:50 ELF(PG) In DTS DIGITAL 11:10, 2:00, 4:20, 6:50, 9:40 LOVE ACTUALLY(R) In DTS DIGITAL 12:00, 3:20, 7:00, 10:00 MYSTIC RIVER(R) In DTS DIGITAL 12:10, 6:40 THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS(R) In DTS DIGITAL 3:30, 10:10 Reel Moms every Tuesday 11:00am MAGDELINE SISTERS LOVE ACTUALLY(R)On 2 Screens In DTS DIGITAL 11:30, 2:45, 6:15, 9:30 LOVE ACTUALLY(R) In DTS DIGITAL 12:30, 3:45, 7:00, 10:15 MYSTIC RIVER(R) In DTS DIGITAL 12:45, 3:50, 7:15, 10:20 KILL BILL VOLUME I(R) In DTS DIGITAL 11:15, 1:40, 4:10, 6:40, 9:15 THE HAUNTED MANSION(PG)On 3 Screens In SDDS 11:30, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 THE HAUNTED MANSION(PG) In SDDS 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30 THE HAUNTED MANSION(PG) In SDDS 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05 THE MISSING(R) In SDDS 12:35, 3:35, 6:35, 9:35 TIMELINE(PG–13) In SDDS 11:05, 2:05, 5:05, 8:05, 10:50 BAD SANTA(R)On 2 Screens In DTS DIGITAL 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10 BAD SANTA(R) In SDDS 4:10, 6:40, 9:10 GOTHIKA(R)On 2 Screens In DTS DIGITAL 11:40, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40 GOTHIKA(R) In SDDS 12:40, 3:10, 5:40, 8:10, 10:40 MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD(PG–13) In SDDS 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05 ELF(PG) In SDDS 11:50, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:50 BROTHER BEAR(G) In SDDS 11:20, 1:50, 4:20, 7:00 THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS(R) In SDDS 12:55, 3:55, 6:55, 9:55 DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT(PG)On 2 Screens In SDDS 11:00, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00 DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT(PG) In SDDS 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00 TUPAC RESURRECTION(R) In DTS DIGITAL 5:20, 8:30 SCARY MOVIE 3(PG–13) In SDDS 9:35 SHOWTIMES FOR 11/26/03© COPYRIGHT 2003 THEMOSTPOWERFULLYHAUNTINGFILMOFTHEYEAR From Associated Press NEW YORK — Card playing —an activity that filled the evening hours before television was invented — has improbably become one of TV’s hottest programming trends. After less than a year, the World Poker Tour is already the Travel Channel’s most popular series ever, a status NBC Sports took note of recently in announcing it would air a poker game on Super Bowl Sunday. Bravo, probably the most trend-conscious cable channel, beat World Poker Tour operators to the punch by putting together the “Celebrity Poker Showdown.” The new series premieres Tuesday. “It’s surprisingly entertaining and exciting,” said Jeff Gaspin, Bravo’s chief executive. “I was really taken aback. As a spectator sport, you wouldn’t think that much of it. It’s really interesting.” Steve Lipscomb, chief executive of the World Poker Tour, started his company in October 2001 with the vision of creating a series of high-stakes games in casinos, much like the professional golf tour. Lipscomb, a lawyer turned television producer, thought it would make exciting television. However, even he admitted that most previous attempts to film card games were so boring they were nearly impossible to watch. Seeking investment possibilities, he was laughed out of television executive offices. “There was no interest at all,” he said. “Not only no interest, but there was absolute disbelief that it would ever be interesting. It was lower than bowling.” He found other investors, and decided to produce matches for television himself. Lipscomb spends $350,000 to $400,000 per episode. Instead of three or four cameras, he uses as many as 16, enabling viewers to see every player’s hands. “There’s never a moment when you’re not in the middle of the action,” Lipscomb said. “I believe it’s fascinating to watch someone in the middle of making amillion-dollar decision when you can see what he should or shouldn’t do.” Lipscomb persuaded the Travel Channel to take a chance on a 13-episode series, and it started in March. The tournaments routinely draw two to three times the audience of the channel’s typical prime-time fare. TV gambles on poker and wins big Here are the rankings for national prime-time network television last week (Nov. 17-23) 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 there are 272.04 million potential viewers in the U.S. ages2 and older. Viewership is listed in millions. Program Network View- ersProgram Network Viewers 1 CSICBS26.64 2 ERNBC23.41 3 FriendsNBC20.66 4 Friends (8:30 p.m.)NBC19.93 5 Survivor: Pearl IslandsCBS19.90 --------------------------------------------6 Everybody Loves Raymond CBS19.44 7 CSI: MiamiCBS18.87 8 The BachelorABC18.62 9 60 MinutesCBS17.96 10 Law & OrderNBC17.52 --------------------------------------------11 “Fallen Angel”CBS17.39 12 Will & GraceNBC16.38 13 Monday Night FootballABC16.06 14 Two and a Half MenCBS15.98 15 Without a TraceCBS15.74 --------------------------------------------16 Law & Order: Criminal Intent NBC14.21 17 Law & Order: SVUNBC13.94 18 Still StandingCBS13.60 19 The West WingNBC13.49 20 JAGCBS13.26 --------------------------------------------21 Navy NCISCBS13.21 22 NFL Monday ShowcaseABC13.20 23 ScrubsNBC12.83 24 My Wife and KidsABC12.57 25 Yes, DearCBS12.53 --------------------------------------------26 The Simpsons FOX12.17 27 The Simpsons (Sun., 8:30 p.m.) FOX12.11 28 Fear FactorNBC11.96 29 King of QueensCBS11.92 30 Without a TraceCBS11.80 --------------------------------------------31 “Peter Jennings Reporting” ABC11.70 32 FrasierNBC11.60 33 Dateline: NBC (Fri.)NBC11.23 34 Las VegasNBC11.19 35 BeckerCBS11.10 --------------------------------------------36 Joan of ArcadiaCBS11.01 37 8 Simple Rules ...ABC10.99 38 CSI: MiamiCBS10.75 39 20/20 (Fri.)ABC10.67 40 The DistrictCBS10.47 --------------------------------------------41 60 Minutes IICBS10.30 42 Malcolm in the MiddleFOX10.21 It’s All RelativeABC10.21 44 Dateline NBC (Sun.)NBC10.03 45 Third WatchNBC10.02 --------------------------------------------46 According to JimABC10.00 47 Average JoeNBC9.99 48 NYPD BlueABC9.88 49 That ’70s Show (Wed., 8:30 p.m.) FOX9.85 50 Law & Order (Sun.)NBC9.84 --------------------------------------------51 EdNBC9.52 52 Hope & FaithABC9.48 53 “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” CBS9.44 HackCBS9.44 55 “Bachelor: After Final Rose” ABC9.27 --------------------------------------------56 Less Than PerfectABC9.13 57 Whoopi!NBC9.05 58 O.C.FOX9.03 59 “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” ABC8.98 60 “Winnie Pooh Thanksgiving” ABC8.96 --------------------------------------------61 “Eloise at Christmastime” ABC8.89 I’m With HerABC8.89 63 American DreamsNBC8.75 Good Morning MiamiNBC8.75 65 AliasABC8.48 --------------------------------------------66 That ’70s Show (Wed., 8 p.m.) FOX8.47 67 24FOX8.35 68 Happy FamilyNBC8.34 69 Life With BonnieABC8.33 70 Law & Order: SVU (Sat.)NBC8.32 --------------------------------------------71 48 Hours InvestigatesCBS8.03 72 7th HeavenWB7.85 Cops (8:30 p.m.)FOX7.85 74 The PracticeABC7.72 75 The HandlerCBS7.70 --------------------------------------------76 George LopezABC7.49 77 America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC7.44 78 King of the Hill (7:30 p.m.) FOX7.39 79 10-8FOX7.26 80 America’s Most WantedFOX7.15 --------------------------------------------81 That ’70s Show (Tue.)FOX7.01 82 Joe Millionaire (9 p.m.)FOX6.88 83 The Simpsons (Tue.)FOX6.48 84 CopsFOX6.43 85 Married to the KellysABC6.42 --------------------------------------------86 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Sat.) NBC6.40 87 SmallvilleWB6.36 88 EverwoodWB6.32 89 Miss MatchNBC6.28 90 Arrested DevelopmentFOX6.26 --------------------------------------------91 CharmedWB6.03 92 “Britney Spears: In the Zone” ABC5.79 93 WWE Smackdown!UPN5.46 94 King of the Kill (7:20 p.m.) FOX5.39 95 Las Vegas (Sat.)NBC5.37 --------------------------------------------96 Gilmore GirlsWB5.07 97 All of UsUPN4.98 98 Joe Millionaire (8 p.m.)FOX4.88 99 “Dude Where’s My Car,”FOX4.86 100 Eve (Tue.)UPN4.76 --------------------------------------------101 GirlfriendsUPN4.76 EnterpriseUPN4.59 103 RebaWB4.55 104 Half and HalfUPN4.49 105 Eve (Mon.)UPN4.47 --------------------------------------------106 “Vibe Awards”UPN4.27 107 AngelWB3.96 108 One on OneUPN3.94 109 King of the Hill (7 p.m.)FOX3.89 110 The ParkersUPN3.83 --------------------------------------------111 Tru CallingFOX3.81 112 Rock Me BabyWB3.80 113 One Tree HillWB3.75 114 Steve Harvey’s Big TimeWB3.41 115 Smallville: BeginningsWB3.09 --------------------------------------------116 O.C. (Thu.)FOX2.88 117 Jamie KennedyWB2.78 118 TarzanWB2.77 119 Like FamilyWB2.76 120 Grounded For LifeWB2.60 Network averages Here is the number of viewers (in millions) that each network averaged per hour of prime time, for last week and for the season. Network Last Week Season to date CBS14.2413.52 -------------------------------------------- NBC11.6111.17 -------------------------------------------- ABC10.659.85 -------------------------------------------- FOX6.8010.56 -------------------------------------------- UPN4.383.63 -------------------------------------------- WB4.354.25 CBS may have won the November sweeps crown in total viewers, but NBC and ABC also had huge ratings to celebrate during the last full week of sweeps, according to national ratings from Nielsen Media Research, which were released Tuesday. An explosive episode of NBC’s “ER” was the second- highest rated series behind CBS’ unstoppable “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” while NBC’s “Friends” barely beat out CBS’ “Survivor: Pearl Islands.” Meanwhile, the series finale of ABC’s “The Bachelor” scored an impressive 18.6 million viewers, more than 3 million above the previous series’ finale. News specials and series also enjoyed success. Peter Jennings’ special looking back at the Kennedy assassination performed well, particularly against the competition of “CSI” and NBC’s comedies. And a special 90-minute edition of “60 Minutes,” which featured an extensive report on the pornography industry, landed the newsmagazine its best ratings since January 2002. CBS’ Sunday movie franchise’s winning streak continued with “Fallen Angel,” a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation starring Gary Sinise. The emotional drama attracted 17.3 million viewers. Other specials that scored lackluster ratings were CBS’ “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” and ABC’s Britney Spears special. Although Fox’s new drama “Tru Calling” continues to struggle, the network on Tuesday ordered seven additional episodes, assuring the series of a full season. —Greg Braxton NBC and ABC also did well in sweeps Every Thursday Calendar Weekend STAYING IN Ideas for entertaining at home and reviews of DVD releases.

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