Here's kudos to the comics

Today's TV

April 25, 2001

The 15th annual "American Comedy Awards," taped Sunday in Hollywood, includes presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to George Carlin. Carlin has appeared on "The Tonight Show" more than 130 times, and his 12th HBO special is scheduled for November.

Airs tonight at 8 on Comedy Central.

At a glance

"Contact" (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) - Jodie Foster stars in this well-regarded 1997 movie about a message from outer space. CBS.

"The Old Settler" (8 p.m.-9:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) - An uneasy truce between sisters (played by real-life sisters Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen) unravels with the arrival of a mysterious young boarder (Bumper Robinson). This drama, set in Harlem during World War II and directed by Allen, launches a new "PBS Hollywood Presents" series. PBS.

"The West Wing" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) - Oliver Platt begins a stint playing White House counsel. He and the president discuss whether the cover-up of the chief executive's multiple sclerosis is illegal. NBC.

"Boot Camp" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) - The eight remaining recruits must deactivate mines. Plus, this week we learn why it's not a good idea to yell back at the drill instructors. Fox.

"Once and Again" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) - It's finally time for the Manning and Sammler households to merge, but Lily's troubled houseguest makes things more complicated. ABC.

"My Wife and Kids" (8 p.m.-8:30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) - In the series pilot, Michael (Damon Wayans) is upset because his wife wants to go back to work. Followed by another episode, in which Claire experiences her first crush. ABC.

"Grounded for Life" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) - Walt decides a BB gun is the best birthday gift for his grandson, but his son disagrees. Fox.

Cable

"True Life" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., MTV) - This episode profiles Dale Earnhardt Jr., son of the late NASCAR legend, and includes clips of him as a 15-year-old talking adoringly about his father.

"American Justice" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., A&E) - Peter Reilly was convicted in 1973 of killing his mother but later claimed Connecticut police forced him to confess. This episode shows how the support of friends, family and celebrities (including playwright Arthur Miller) culminated in a surprising reversal in court.

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