Rivalry on runway: the Miss USA contest

Today's TV

April 12, 2004

Suzie Castillo will crown her successor at the conclusion of NBC's Miss USA 2004 pageant tonight (9 p.m.-11 p.m. WBAL, Channel 11). Access Hollywood regulars Nancy O'Dell and Billy Bush will emcee the 53rd annual pageant from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

At a glance

7th Heaven (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) - Annie's (Catherine Hicks) half-sister Lilly (guest star Michelle Phillips) shows up on her doorstep to discuss an important family matter. Meanwhile, Ruthie (Mackenzie Rosman) and Peter (Scotty Leavenworth) get in trouble over a school project, and Roxanne (Rachel Blanchard) turns to Chandler (Jeremy London) when faced with a moral dilemma. WB.

Air Force One (8 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) - As president of the United States, Harrison Ford battles Russian terrorists when they hijack his plane and take his wife and daughter (Wendy Crewson, Liesel Matthews) hostage. Gary Oldman is the chief villain and Glenn Close plays the vice president in this 1997 thriller. ABC.

CSI: Miami (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) - After a man known for torturing Cuban refugees turns up dead, Horatio and his team begin investigating loved ones of the murdered man's victims. But twists develop that suggest the killer isn't one of the likely suspects. CBS.

American Experience (9 p.m.- 10:30 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) - A new 90-minute episode recalls the life and struggles of Emma Goldman, the radical Russian emigre who spoke out fearlessly on government, big business and international relations. (By the way, Maureen Stapleton won an Oscar for playing Goldman in the 1981 movie Reds.) PBS.


Biography (8 p.m.-9 p.m., A&E) - Friends and colleagues remember the life and tragic death of Phil Hartman. After Hartman's stint on Saturday Night Live, the actor-comedian continued to entertain in television and movies such as Houseguest and Greedy. In 1998, he was shot and killed by his wife, who then committed suicide.

100 Greatest Stand-Ups (9 p.m.-10 p.m., Comedy Central) - Many famous comics started their bright careers in the movies or on TV by performing stand-up. In the first of a five-part series that recognizes 20 comics each episode, this show names some of show-biz history's top stand-up comics. A medley of performance clips and commentaries shows why these 100 succeeded.

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