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ET_E_12_E12_LA_1_12-03-03_we_1_CMYK 2003:12:02:15:02:28 E12 WEDNESDAY,DECEMBER3,2003 CALENDAR LOSANGELESTIMES TELEVISION & RADIO Santa Monica Civic Auditorium 1855 Main Street ◆ Santa Monica, CA 90401 Admission $6.00 - 16 & under FREE with adult FRI: 12pm - 7pm ◆ SAT: 10am - 6pm ◆ SUN: 11am - 5pm 2003 Annual Winter California Regional Show December 5, 6, 7 OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR 3 DAYS ONLY Click on FREE JEWELRY CLEANING The SHOWPLACE-MARKETPLACE World of Gems,Beads &Jewelry SM World’s Largest Jewelry Bazaar ◆ Beads ◆ Watches ◆ Opals ◆ Rings ◆ Settings ◆ Diamonds ◆ Necklaces ◆ Gold ◆ Pearls ◆ Earrings ◆ Silver ◆ Crystals the lowest possible prices! CLIP THIS AD TO RECEIVE A FREE PEARL JEWELRY GIFT! (One gift package with each $6.00 paid admission and this ad. This ad MUST be redeemed at the time of ticket purchase.) SPECIAL COLLECTION: “Fabulous Jewelry of the Stars” Marilyn Monroe, Cher, Ingrid Bergman, Elvis, Nicholas Cage and more! SM UCLA Central Ticketing office (310) 825-2101 TicketMaster ticket orders (213) 365-3500 Infor mation and tickets and Special Guests* director Anthony Minghella, writer Charles Frazier and Members of the Cast of ‘Cold Mountain’ Monday, December 8, 2003 7:00 pm Royce Hall at UCLA Featuring performances by * : STING ALISON KRAUSS JACK WHITE *scheduled to appear Music produced by T Bone Burnett In Cooperation with UCLA Performing Arts on Campus COLD MOUNTAIN COLD MOUNTAIN COLD MOUNTAIN The Words and Music of tors. In part, that’s because the error originated with one of the story’s principals, Santa Barbara County Dist. Atty. Tom Sneddon. In a nationally televised news conference Nov. 19, he recalled the 1993 situation in which the alleged victim declined to cooperate with prosecutors after Jackson paid him a settlement that amounted to tens of mil- lionsof dollars. “The law in California at that time provided that a child victim could not be forced to testify in a child molest proceeding without their permission and consent and cooperation,” Sneddon said. “As result of [that] Michael Jackson case, the Legislature changed that law, and that is no longer the law in California.” Within hours, cable news producers from coast to coast were beating the telephonic bushes for “legal experts” to explain this new law, which — oh, delicious causality — had been passed because of Jackson’s earlier conduct in a similar case. Here, somebody might have paused to apply what could be called the old how-would-that- really-work test. Imagine for one second the fate of an elected district attorney who compelled a child victim to recount the details of his sexual abuse by threatening to have the tyke jailed for contempt of court.... The operative words here are “elected” and “child victim.” Any prosecutor who did such a thing would be out of office quicker than you can say Gray Davis. In fact, they’d probably be lucky to fend off involuntary commitment to a home for the criminally thick-witted. But common sense notwithstanding, it is a now wearisomely unremarkable fact that there was no shortage of talking heads with law schools in their pasts willing to appear on camera that night to dance evasively around the nonexistent law. What was remarkable is that they did so in the face of an Associated Press story filed later that very day, setting the record straight. In that piece, AP special correspondent Linda Deutsch and her colleague Tim Molloy noted that Sneddon’s description of the law had “baffled legal experts.” In an follow-up interview shortly after his press conference, Sneddon told Deutsch and Molloy he was referring to another law. That statute regulates only civil settlements, forbidding payments to an alleged victim more than one year after the settlement is reached. In other words, no long-term hush money. “Sneddon said he was aware that children cannot be forced to testify,” according to the AP story, “and that reporters and other attorneys had misinterpreted his remarks at the news conference.” The next morning, however, there was NBC’s “Today” show host, Katie Couric, interviewing attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., who represented Jackson in the negotiations that lead to the 1993 settlement: Couric: “Well, now a new law states that a minor can be called as a witness by the D.A. without consent. So, it’s slightly ironic that this change in law that resulted from this previous case may be the thing that actually gets, possibly, gets Michael Jackson in the end.” Cochran: “I think the law was changed after that....And now they can call witnesses and compel their testimony.” Oh no they can’t, a slightly exasperated Jeffery Toobin, CNN’s legal affairs analyst, told colleague Miles O’Brien later that same day, as they covered Jackson’s surrender to authorities. O’Brien: “As a parent, I can’t imagine anybody trying to compel an 11-year-old testify in court. I’m sure a lot of people would have problems with that.” Toobin: “No, it can’t be done under California law. In fact, the law is broader than that. You can’t even compel an adult victim of a sexual assault to testify. That statement by the district attorney is simply wrong. There can be no compulsion.” Less than a week later, attorney Daniel Petrocelli was on Fox News’ highly rated “Hannity & Colmes”still vainly trying to set the record straight. Sneddon, Petrocelli said, “referred to a change of law which would permit him to compel the boy to testify, but that is not the law. In California, the victim of a sexual assault, including this young boy, cannot be compelled to testify against his will.” All this expert opinion to the contrary, the paraphrased assertion that Santa Barbara authorities can force the alleged victim to testify, should that become necessary, continues to ricochet undeterred though various parts of the American, British and Canadian press. As late as Monday, a New York Times story on the posture of the Jackson case by Dean E. Murphy was forced to note that though “Sneddon suggested differently at a news conference ... legal scholars say California law does not allow prosecutors to compel a victim of sexual abuse to testify about it.” Santa Clara University law professor Gerald F. Uelmen is the bar’s go-to scholar on issues of California law. “This law I keep hearing about in the media doesn’t exist,” he said. “The Santa Barbara D.A. misspoke and completely blew it. Whatever he claims now, he said there was such a law and he was dead wrong. He was right that, since 1993, there have been a lot of changes in the California statutes that make it easier to prosecute child abuse cases. But there is no statute that allows anybody to compel any victim of abuse to testify. “What’s a lot more interesting is how the media picks up these things and then feeds off each other’s misinformation so that it becomes impossible to put one of these pseudo-facts to rest.” An error that’s compounded daily [ Rutten, from Page E1 ] SERIES Don’t fear the waiter: Kelso and Eric apply for the same waiter job on “That ’70s Show” (8 p.m. Fox). Cow girls: On their second day in Altus, Ark., Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie get a job at a dairy farm on “The Simple Life” (8:30 p.m. Fox). Unintended consequences: After an anti-smoking song-and-dance group performs, Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny take up the nasty habit on “South Park” (10 p.m. Comedy Central). SPECIALS Adopted by fairies: Taken from a story by “Wizard of Oz” author L. Frank Baum, the 1985 holiday treat “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” (7 p.m. Family) — done in stop-motion puppet animation — offers an unusual portrayal of Santa Claus asan orphan raised by fairies. Bad luck streak: “Anatomy of a Scene: The Cooler” (10:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. Sundance) examines decisions made by filmmaker Wayne Kramer, co-writer Frank Hannah and othersin making the 2003 movie “The Cooler,” starring William H. Macy, Maria Bello and Alec Baldwin. It came from the ’50s: Filmmakers John Carpenter, Roger CormanandLee Grant and critic Molly Haskell examine films from the “Ozzie and Harriet” decade in “Hidden Values: Movies of the ’50s” (4 p.m. TCM). New York Christmas: The 71st annual tree-lighting ceremony, “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” (8 p.m. NBC), includes performances by Harry Connick Jr., Ashanti, Enrique Iglesias, Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard and the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Al Roker and Ann Curry host the broadcast. MOVIES Thanks: Acouple receive a visit from a mysterious young woman in the 2000 import “Merci Pour le Chocolat” (7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sundance). V for victory: An all-star cast drives “The Longest Day ” (8 p.m. AMC), the 1962 epic war movie film about D-day. Some pig: James Cromwell stars as an Australian farmer who adopts a piglet that becomes a champion herder of sheep in 1995’s “Babe” (8 p.m. Family). Stella! Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh in the 1951 adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” (9:30 p.m. TCM). Master and commander: Horatio (Ioan Gruffudd) sailsin search of a missing ship in the 2003 TV movie “Horatio Hornblower: Duty” (10 p.m. A&E), based on C.S. Forester’s sea tales set during the Napoleonic Wars. SPORTS NBA basketball: The Lakers visit the San Antonio Spurs (5:30 p.m. KCAL) and the Clippers play host to the Cleveland Cavaliers (7:30 p.m. FSN2) College basketball: Nevada Las Vegas visits USC (7:30 p.m. FSN). Today’s Highlights J. Lubin HOLIDAY ROMANCE: Mischa Barton and Benjamin McKenzie in a scene from tonight’s “The O.C.” (9 p.m. Fox). Here are the rankings for national prime-time network television last week (Nov. 24-30) 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. age 2 and older. Viewership is listed in millions. Program Network View- ersProgram Network Viewers 1 Survivor: Pearl IslandsCBS20.06 2 CSI: MiamiCBS19.72 3 Everybody Loves Raymond CBS19.14 4 60 MinutesCBS19.13 5 Two and a Half MenCBS17.14 --------------------------------------------6 CSICBS16.60 7 Cold CaseCBS16.46 8 “Finding John Christmas” CBS16.19 9 Monday Night FootballABC15.90 10 Fear FactorNBC14.99 --------------------------------------------King of QueensCBS14.99 12 Law & OrderNBC14.74 13 CSI (10 p.m.)CBS14.56 14 Without a TraceCBS13.40 15 Law & Order: SVUNBC13.13 --------------------------------------------16 Still StandingCBS12.87 17 Navy NCISCBS12.71 18 Law & Order (9 p.m.)`NBC12.34 19 Cold Case (8 p.m.)CBS12.32 20 NFL Monday ShowcaseABC12.13 --------------------------------------------21 Trista and Ryan’s Wedding ABC12.12 22 According to JimABC11.86 23 BeckerCBS11.82 24 Law & Order: Criminal Intent NBC11.74 25 The SimpsonsFOX11.70 --------------------------------------------26 8 Simple Rules ...ABC11.65 27 Judging AmyCBS11.62 28 Yes, DearCBS11.58 29 “Family Man”NBC11.34 30 Extreme MakeoverABC11.17 --------------------------------------------31 The GuardianCBS10.87 32 American Idol, ChristmasFOX10.86 33 The PracticeABC10.82 34 20/20ABC10.60 35 Friends (9 p.m.)NBC10.41 --------------------------------------------36 Bernie Mac ShowFOX10.37 37 Less Than PerfectABC10.24 38 NYPD BlueABC10.17 39 “Frosty the Snowman”CBS10.07 40 Average JoeNBC10.01 --------------------------------------------41 “Frosty Returns”CBS9.91 42 24FOX9.75 43 Dateline NBC (Sun.)NBC9.70 44 FriendsNBC9.58 45 American DreamsNBC9.55 --------------------------------------------46 I’m With HerABC9.30 47 My Wife and KidsABC 9.24 48 Malcolm in the MiddleFOX9.18 49 AliasABC9.16 50 “Shania Twain: Up Close”NBC8.98 --------------------------------------------51 Funniest Home VideosABC8.68 52 George Lopez ShowABC8.58 53 It’s All RelativeABC8.53 54 Joan of ArcadiaCBS8.27 55 48 Hours InvestigatesCBS8.05 --------------------------------------------Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (Tue.) NBC8.05 57 10-8ABC7.78 58 Joe MillionaireFOX7.60 59 7th HeavenWB7.54 60 Married to the KellysABC7.38 --------------------------------------------61 Hope and FaithABC7.36 62 The O.C.FOX7.02 63 Lyons DenNBC7.00 64 King of the HillFOX6.97 65 Third WatchNBC6.92 --------------------------------------------66 “Ice Wars X”CBS6.88 67 Primetime MondayABC6.85 68 “Harry Connick Jr. Christmas” NBC6.82 69 That ’70s ShowFOX6.78 70 Arrested DevelopmentFOX6.76 --------------------------------------------71 Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (Wed.) NBC6.60 72 “Dr. Dolittle 2”FOX6.47 73 King of the Hill FOX6.43 74 Dateline NBC (Fri.)NBC6.12 75 Life With BonnieABC6.03 --------------------------------------------76 “Big Daddy”FOX5.98 77 The HandlerCBS5.93 78 Primetime ThursdayABC5.89 79 EverwoodWB5.87 80 Football: Notre Dame at Stanford ABC5.73 --------------------------------------------81 “Austin Powers: Spy Who Shagged Me” FOX5.54 82 WWE Smackdown!UPN5.12 83 My Wife and Kids (Thu.)ABC5.01 84 Minute With Stan HooperFOX4.73 85 EveUPN4.68 --------------------------------------------86 According to Jim (Thu.)ABC4.67 87 GirlfriendsUPN4.63 88 George Lopez Show (Thu.) ABC4.58 89 Half and HalfUPN 4.53 90 Hope & Faith (Thu.)ABC4.24 --------------------------------------------91 King of the Hill (7 p.m.)FOX4.20 92 The ParkersUPN4.02 93 “Never Been Kissed”WB3.92 94 CharmedWB3.74 95 “Justin Timberlake: Memphis” NBC3.73 --------------------------------------------96 All of UsUPN3.72 97 EnterpriseUPN3.71 98 RebaWB3.58 99 One on OneUPN3.42 100 Rock Me BabyUPN3.02 --------------------------------------------101 Stone Cold TruthUPN2.94 102 “Josie and the Pussycats” WB2.92 103 Half and Half (Sun.)UPN2.76 104 “Christina Aguilera”WB2.73 105 What I Like About YouWB2.68 --------------------------------------------106 Smallville: The BeginningWB2.55 107 Grounded for LifeWB2.45 108 Steve Harvey ShowWB2.35 109 What I Like About You (9:30 p.m.) WB2.26 110 “3 Strikes”UPN2.19 --------------------------------------------111 Jamie Kennedy (9 p.m.)WB1.83 112 Jamie Kennedy (9:30 p.m.) WB1.76 113 Jamie Kennedy (8:30 p.m.) WB1.63 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 CBS13.2713.49 -------------------------------------------- NBC9.8411.04 -------------------------------------------- ABC8.999.76 -------------------------------------------- FOX7.3010.26 -------------------------------------------- UPN3.673.64 -------------------------------------------- WB3.504.17 Prime-Time TV Rankings CBS had more than a November sweeps victory to be thankful for during the long Thanksgiving weekend. The network last week scored nine of the top 10 highest- rated shows, according to Nielsen Media Research data released Tuesday. The near-sweep by CBS was highlighted by the showing of a special Wednesday installment of “Survivor: Pearl Islands,” which topped the ratings for the first time in total viewers with more than 20 million. The episode was moved from its usual Thursday time slot to avoid airing on Thanksgiving evening. In fact, part of CBS’ dominance can be attributed to the fact that NBC’s “Must See TV” lineup Thursday was significantly weakened by Thanksgiving. A Harry Connick Jr. Christmas special that replaced the reliable “ER” drew lackluster ratings, attracting about 6.8 million viewers, a fraction of what “ER” usually attracts. The only non-CBS series to break into the top 10 in total viewers were ABC’s “Monday Night Football” match between the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 9), and NBC’s “Fear Factor,” which tied with CBS’ “King of Queens” for the No. 10 spot. “Two and a Half Men” continues to be a major player on CBS’ Monday comedy slate, and the network also has a clear new dramatic hit with “Cold Case.” Two episodes of the series ranked in the top 20. In other network news, Fox’s “The Bernie Mac Show” made a solid return to the Fox lineup in its new Sunday time slot following the still-formidable “The Simpsons.” And while ratings for the first part of ABC’s unscripted “Trista and Ryan’s Wedding” were unimpressive, they are likely to build leading up to the actual ceremony. —Greg Braxton CBS had a full plate of high ratings TIPS FOR TODAY 8-9 p.m.— The Twilight Zone: “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street,” the residents of a quiet street suspect an alien invasion is imminent and that one of their own is a monster leading the attack, KSUR (1260). 8-10 p.m.—Chicago Symphony Retrospective: Prokofiev (“Classical Symphony No. 1); Berg (Violin Concerto), Corigliano (“Capane di Ravello”); Tchaikovsky (5th Symphony), KMZT-FM (105.1). DRAMA, COMEDY, FAMILY 6-9 a.m.—Don Crabtree, KDIS (1110). 9-11 a.m.—Playhouse Disney, KDIS (1110). 11 a.m.-1 p.m.—B.B. Good, live from Walt Disney World Resort, KDIS (1110). 1-5 p.m.—Squeege, KDIS (1110). 5-10 p.m.—David Jordan, KDIS (1110). 10 p.m.-3 a.m.—Sheryl Brooks, KDIS (1110). CLASSICAL 6-10 a.m.—Mornings With Rich Capparela, KMZT-FM (105.1). 10-11 a.m.—Morning Symphony: Beethoven (4th Symphony, Christof von Doh- nanyi conducts the Cleveland Orchestra), KCSN-FM (88.5). 2-3 p.m.—Cost-Conscious Classix: Giordano (“Andrea Chenier,” highlights; Beniamino Gigli, Maria Caniglia, Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milano), KCSN-FM (88.5). 7-8 p.m.—Music From CS Northridge, KCSN-FM (88.5). 7-8 p.m.—Symphony at 7, KMZT-FM (105.1). 7 p.m.-midnight—Jim Svejda, KUSC- FM (91.5). 8-10 p.m.—Evening Concert, KMZT- FM (105.1). 8 p.m.-midnight—Opera House, KCSN-FM (88.5). POP, COUNTRY, FOLK, JAZZ 9 a.m.-noon—Morning Becomes Eclectic, KCRW-FM (89.9). 10 a.m.-noon—Global Village ,KPFK- FM (90.7). 1-4 p.m.—Gary Owens, KLAC (570). Radio girlfriend’s friend; a woman gets involved with her boyfriend’s brother. 10 a.m. KTLA The View Martin Sheen; Diane Keaton. 10 a.m. KABC The Wayne Brady Show Robert Downey Jr.; Linda Blair; Peter Frampton. 10 a.m. KCAL Maury Outrageous guests: A woman desperately seeks the father of her baby; a man learns his children may not be his; a woman marries a 14-year-old boy. Noon KTLA Montel Williams Lovers are reunited after their families forbade it. 1 p.m. KCOP Ellen DeGeneres Courtney Thorne-Smith; Mark Feuerstein; Bethany Hamilton, the 13-year-old surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack. 3 p.m. KNBC Oprah Medical mistakes. 3 p.m. KABC Dr. Phil Parents-to-be. 4 p.m. KNBC The Early Show Tom Cruise; long-term care insurance. 7 a.m. KCBS Today Diane Keaton; Harry Connick Jr.7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News Flu season; Tori Amos. 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter; the Rockettes. 7 a.m. KABC Living It Up! With Ali & Jack William H. Macy; Kenny Loggins. 9 a.m. KCBS Live With Regis and Kelly NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon; Don Johnson; LeAnn Rimes. 9 a.m. KABC John Walsh Parents discuss kids’ headline- making behavior. (N) 10 a.m. KNBC Jerry Springer Awoman invites another woman to join her and her husband, then regrets it; a man starts sleeping with his Larry King Scott Peterson case. 6 p.m. CNN Charlie Rose Former New York Times managing editor Arthur Gelb; philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy. 11:30 p.m. KCET Late Show With David Letterman Keanu Reeves. 11:35 p.m. KCBS The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Elijah Wood; Jennifer Tilly; Counting Crows. 11:35 p.m. KNBC Jimmy Kimmel Live Lenny Clarke; Mekhi Phifer; Moby. 12:05 a.m. KABC The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn Kiefer Sutherland; Eve; LeAnn Rimes. 12:35 a.m. KCBS Late Night With Conan O’Brien Jon Lovitz; Wilmer Valderrama; Jet. 12:35 a.m. KNBC Listings include talk shows that provide a guest list. Today’s Talk Shows

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