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Posted on: Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Tube Notes

By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service

MUST SEE: "Jazz," 9 p.m., PBS. "Jazz is art," an exasperated Duke Ellington once said. "Swing is business." Others weren’t complaining though. As this zestful chapter shows, the swing-music explosion brought fresh employment to jazz musicians and others in the midst of the Depression. People screamed for bandleaders in the way they later would for rock ’n’ roll stars.

"The West Wing," 8 p.m., NBC. Here is a rerun of the sort of episode that makes this show so special. The president, a liberal Democrat, has just hired a young woman who’s an outspoken Republican conservative. Now she arrives to be one of the White House lawyers. This hour has surprises and delights.

"Temptation Island," 8 p.m., Fox. It’s the second week of the attempt to break up four committed couples.

"Breakdown," 8 p.m., CBS. Traveling across country, a yuppie couple descends into a nightmare. She (Kathleen Quinlan) disappears; he (Kurt Russell) begins dealing with crooks to find her. The late J.T. Walsh ("Slingblade") provides an especially nasty villain in a fairly interesting 1997 drama.

"Once and Again," 9 p.m., ABC. This is the episode bumped last month by a presidential news report. Lily’s having trouble with a consultant at work and with her daughters’ fights at home.

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