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Posted on: Friday, January 5, 2001

Tube Notes

By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service

"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?," 7 p.m., ABC. ABC has developed a foolproof system for boosting a night’s ratings: It throws out something and replaces it with the intriguing "Millionaire." In this case, the Tuesday edition of "Millionaire" moves to Fridays. That shuffles "Two Guys and a Girl" and "Norm." It’s an easy solution with some flaws: Situation comedies are often the backbone of successful networks. Lately, ABC has shrunk from 12 sitcoms to six. After spending a decade creating family Fridays, ABC switched this season to adult comedies. Just three months later, one comedy ("The Trouble With Normal") has been canceled and another ("Madigan Men") has been shelved.

"Providence," 7 p.m., NBC. Syd realizes that her late mother had a dark secret.

"The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne," 8 p.m., Sci Fi Channel. Here’s the channel’s second series premiere tonight. This one comes complete with time travel.

"Freakylinks," 8 p.m., Fox. After hanging in limbo, this show is back. Ethan Embry plays Derek, who operates a Web site that probes weird things. Tonight, Amelinda Smith, Embry’s wife in real life, plays someone who may have been dating Derek’s late brother, Adam.

"Two Guys and a Girl," 8 p.m., ABC. Johnny and Sharon’s home burns down.

"Norm," 8:30 p.m., ABC. Norm gets some psychological help.

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