Wherefore ... Romeo? Why, on HBO and ABC

Today's TV

April 14, 2001

Fans of "Romeo & Juliet" will have to choose between two modern adaptations tonight.

On ABC, Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes star in "William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet" (8 p.m.-11 p.m.), a 1996 movie of the story that has come to symbolize young love thwarted by old intolerance. In "Romeo Must Die," Jet Li and R&B star Aaliyah are lovers trying to carry on amid all kinds of gang/martial arts turmoil on the mean streets of Oakland, Calif. Airs at 8 p.m. on HBO.

At a glance

"College lacrosse" (8 p.m.-10:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) - It's a local match: Johns Hopkins at University of Maryland. ABC.

"Kate Brasher" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) - Kate makes the mistake of mixing business with her personal life when she allows a teen runaway to become part of her family. Meanwhile, Abbie defends an overweight woman who was denied fair consideration for employment because of her weight. CBS.

Cable

"The Apostle Paul: The Man Who Turned the World Upside Down" (8 p.m.-9:30 p.m., History Channel) - Christianity owes much to the conversion of Paul of Tarsus, an event presented in the Bible as a miracle. This program tells how "the course of the Western world" was changed along with the life of one man. Followed by "The Twelve Apostles: History's Great Revolutionaries."

"Love & Basketball" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., Starz) - The two don't always go together smoothly in this story of childhood sweethearts who are followed into young adulthood. Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps star in the popular film, which was released last year.

"Stunt School" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., TLC) - There's a place in Australia where you can learn how to perform stunts for movies and TV shows. The three-week curriculum includes important skills such as jumping from buildings and fighting under water.

"The Untouchables" (10:30 p.m.-1 a.m., TNT) - This film pits Chicago crime kingpin Al Capone against mild-mannered Eliot Ness, a Treasury agent assigned to smash Capone's bootleg empire. Ness recruits wily street cop James Malone, after which more recruits are added to form "the untouchables," lawmen who cannot be bought or corrupted.

Compiled from wire reports by Sarah Kickler Kelber

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