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The Daily


Going nowhere fast

Jewel, William Shatner and Krista Allen (yes, the obscure actress has been bumped up to "celebrity superstar" status for the purpose of this show) learn the ropes from professional drivers, then go head-to-head on the track. Sadly, these folks prove to be no more exciting at 130 miles per hour than they are standing still. >More
 Animals say the darnedest things

Creature Comforts (Monday, 7 p.m., CBS) is the brainchild of Aardman Animations, creators of the droll Wallace & Gromit series. It takes interviews with ordinary Americans and puts them in the mouths of animals, animated with Aardman's classic stop-motion technique. >More
 'It's gonna mean killing Indians'

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (Sunday, 8 p.m., HBO) dramatizes Dee Brown's nonfiction book about the tragic collision of white and Native American culture as the U.S. expanded westward in the late 19th century. >More
 The voice of choice

This season has had a lot of silly distractions. Antonella Barba turned out to be a pornographic model, and Sanjaya Malakar made the top 10 despite a complete lack of talent. Elvis was resurrected to sing with Celine Dion, then sent back to turn over in his grave. But the season has also featured a singer who makes you want to scream with joy. >More
 The popular vote

It's the most popular show on television. In fact, it's the most popular show in television history, routinely crushing whatever the other networks put in its path. The Olympics? No contest. Among mega-sporting events, only the Super Bowl attracts more viewers, but the Super Bowl's never gone head to head with American Idol, Fox's biweekly, sometimes triweekly, juggernaut. >More
 Tricks and treats

In the early going, Survivor's current season left me cold, with unpleasant contestants in unpleasant situations. Then I became fascinated by Yau-Man's shameless tactics. Brazen? He peeked into a tribe member's bag for the immunity idol - while she was still wearing it on her shoulder! >More
 Laughter and tears

A clip show like Saturday Night Live in the '90s (Sunday, 8 p.m., NBC) is the cheapest way for NBC to fill a couple of prime-time hours. But for viewers, those hours couldn't be any better spent. >More
 'Watching someone feel'

So here I am, jaded pop-culture writer ready to comment on the next piece of product from the Hollywood assembly line. I begin watching Brando (Tuesday & Wednesday, 7 p.m., TCM), and suddenly my hard shell melts away. Even snippets of Marlon Brando's performances rub my nerves raw. He's the rare actor who shows what it really means to be human. >More
 Love and cruelty

It's sadistic stuff, and the victims' anxiety and annoyance don't make for a very enjoyable hour. You find yourself wondering why Jonnie and Derek would revel in cruelty on a day that's supposed to be about love. It'll be interesting to see which ends faster, this series or their marriage. >More
 Car trouble

Most bad TV series are just boring. Others have so much ambition ' misplaced ambition, but ambition just the same ' that they earn a grudging respect. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Drive (Sunday, 7 p.m., Fox). >More
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