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On the Air

Rattaya Nimibutr

School has started, and you know your eyes are still stuck on the tube. Don't worry, you're not the only one who didn't swear off television once the first week of the semester began. 

Chances are that the person next to you probably did the same thing, seeing as how you both scheduled your classes around Jerry Springer and that annoying Roseanne show. 

So here's your somewhat accurate and somewhat informational listing of what's in and what's out about the shows on television. Oh, and I'm anti-Dawson's Creek and anti-Charmed, so don't expect any brownie points for them.

VH1 on a roll

VH1 will be airing the U2 at Red Rocks concert from their 1983 gig at the Colorado Amphitheater tonight at 11 p.m. This basically looks like another attempt to kiss up to U2 fans. 

However, the network will redeem itself by ordering Video Timeline to premiere on Feb. 3 with video clips and interview segments of various musical artists. Influenced by Behind the Music and Pop-Up Video, the show will air Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m.

Video Timeline will feature talents such as Bruce Springsteen, the Bee Gees and Sheryl Crow. Since there has been a growing response to shows dealing with the background of musicians, Video Timeline is set to be the official "they're-not-really-who-they-are" poke at these artists.

No Basinger? No problem

Speaking of spin-offs from a successful production, HBO will be airing a drama series based on the Academy award-winning movie L.A. Confidential

The series will feature the same title, but Kim Basinger, who was awarded the Oscar for best supporting actress in the film, will not be included in the show. Curtis Hunter, the director of the original film, will also be left out in the production of the series.

Nevertheless, the HBO product already looks promising. The series, set in the late 1950s, will feature detectives solving crimes in the city of Los Angeles, obviously.

L.A. Confidential (the series) will also feature some old and new characters created by James Ellroy. Also, instead of starting where the film version left off, the series will be set eight years beforehand.

Awards time

This Sunday, NBC will be airing the 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards at 7 p.m. With all the buzz surrounding Gods & Monsters and Tom Hanks' work from last summer's war epic Saving Private Ryan, the awards will be just like the other glamorous events that disappoint half the population of Hollywood.

Jack Nicholson, on the other hand, will be given the Cecil B. DeMille award for his performances in such films as The Shining, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and the kiss-up flick As Good As It Gets.

Another Friends? Why?

Friends is a feel-good show and all, but if the WB is coming out with carbon copy Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane (say that five more times), the network must be running out of ideas. The show premiered last Sunday on the WB and will continue to air in the 9 p.m. time slot on Sundays.

Courtesy of Touchstone Television

(From left) David Moscow, Azura Skye, Selma Blair and Michael Rosenbaum star in the new sitcom Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane.

So these mid-20s crazed pop-culture-esque friends will be running around town saying their lines like it's obviously been rehearsed 20 times while, in essence, just asking the audience to give them a chance. Hey, it might be a cute show and all, but anymore of these Friends-like shows is going to get annoying.

Quote trivia

Guess the movie where this quote comes from. It's that simple, people. Hint: an actress from this movie also stars in Dangerous Beauty with Fred Ward.

"There's a difference between us. You think the people of this land exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom. And I go to make sure that they have it."

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