Fox's `Pulse' to compete with `Wide Angle' at PBS

Today's TV

July 11, 2002

Seeking to capitalize on the popularity of its news channel, Fox launches The Pulse, a magazine show with host Shepard Smith. Bill O'Reilly and Geraldo Rivera, no strangers to controversy, will be among the contributors.

The program airs at 9 on WBFF (Channel 45).

Scheduled opposite The Pulse in some cities, including Baltimore, the new PBS series Wide Angle may offer a contrasting approach to the news. It promises "in-depth reports from acclaimed documentary filmmakers," with each program devoted to a single topic. The hosts are James P. Rubin and Daljit Dhaliwal.

The program airs at 9 on MPT (Channels 22 and 67).

At a glance

Star Trek: First Contact (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) - The crew of the starship Enterprise takes on the galaxy's most powerful and dangerous enemy - the Borg and their sinister Queen - in order to save the future of mankind. ABC.

Jamie Kennedy Experiment (8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) - Among other stunts in these two repeat episodes, Kennedy is on the loose again as he fools a man into thinking his job delivering pizza is actually a front for a mob ring, hires a group of people to pose as his friends for his own birthday party and poses as a confused judge who throws the book at the wrong people. WB.

Primetime Thursday (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) - A veritable song-writing machine, Diane Warren keeps churning out the hits, including 90 Top 10 songs to date. But she tells Cynthia McFadden that despite her talent for writing powerful and moving love songs, she has never been in love herself. ABC.

ER (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) - Viewers were given a chance last month to vote online for their top five favorite episodes of ER. Tonight, they begin airing, starting with No. 5. The remaining four will air each Thursday until Aug. 8. NBC.

Cable

Biography (8 p.m.-9 p.m., A&E) - Tonight's episode tells the heartbreaking story of Hollywood's golden girl of the 1960s, Sandra Dee. She played sexy roles by age 14 and won stardom in Gidget, but she was sexually abused by her stepfather, became a teen-age alcoholic and ended up divorced, reclusive, and washed up at age 26.

End of Extinction (10 p.m.-11 p.m., TLC) - In a sci-fi film, this would be a sure sign of trouble: Scientists in Australia are trying to bring the extinct Tasmanian tiger back to life through cloning. (The last one died in captivity is 1936.)

Compiled from wire reports by Sarah Kickler Kelber

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