Poor homeowner fails to unplug `Cable Guy'

Today's TV

September 23, 2004

You can't help but feel sorry for Steven Kovacs (Matthew Broderick), the unfortunate architect who becomes the target of The Cable Guy (10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., TBS). The cable guy (Jim Carrey) does Kovacs a favor, giving him free premium cable. In return, he asks only that Kovacs hang out with him. Some "only." At first, the cable guy is just overbearing, calling all the time, giving his new friend presents, showing up uninvited. But then he becomes dangerously "helpful," helping Kovacs win back his girlfriend by beating up her date. And when Kovacs finally tells him he doesn't want him for a friend, he becomes downright dangerous.

- Chris Kaltenbach

At a glance

Will & Grace (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) - Although Jack (Sean Hayes) took off as a backup dancer with pop star Jennifer Lopez in last season's finale, he now reappears in the show's season premiere as part of singer Janet Jackson's tour. Elsewhere, Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing) try to get back to business as usual and mend Grace's broken heart. NBC.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) - A rapist strikes again, and the investigators narrow their suspects to a set of siblings. Several have alibis, but one's gone missing. CBS.

WWE Smackdown (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WUTB, Channel 24) - The fifth-anniversary brawl for it all offers Hulk Hogan, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Mick Foley and even old Vince McMahon mixing it up. UPN.

The Living Edens (9 p.m.-10 p.m., MPT, Channels 22, 67) - Rising from the dusty plains of southern India is Anamalai, or "The Elephant Mountain." Considered the living incarnation of the Hindu god Ganesh, the Asian elephant is revered in India as the lord of protection. This film follows a baby elephant through its first year. PBS.

Cable

Dreamcatcher (10 p.m.-midnight, Cinemax) - Four boyhood pals meet up at mid- life-crisis time in a cabin in the Maine woods (this is a Stephen King story, after all). When a force of unimaginable evil intrudes, their personal problems suddenly become very secondary issues. They must quit whining and save the world.

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