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Posted on: Thursday, January 25, 2001

Tube Notes

By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service

MUST-SEEs: "The Weber Show" (7:30 p.m.) and "Just Shoot Me" (8:30 p.m.), NBC. This is a night when most NBC shows air reruns while reloading. They want new episodes ready for next week, when CBS’ "Survivor" invades Thursdays, but these two shows provide new episodes. "The Weber Show" will be off the air during February as it undergoes a makeover. First, here is an episode centering on Jack’s lesbian friend, played by the talented Paula Marshall. Tonight, he feels she might be attracted to him after all. Then "Just Shoot Me" starts a two-parter. Elliott’s proposal to Maya brings aftershocks.

"The Net," 7 p.m. Fox. Sandra Bullock is terrific as a shy computer whiz who’s chased by bad guys. With their cyber-skills, they wipe out her bank records and her identity; they also make her a wanted criminal. This 1995 film has too many convenient twists. Until then, however, it’s thoroughly involving.

"Mad City," 7 p.m., CBS. Director Constantin Costa-Gavras’ 1997 thriller stars John Travolta as a former museum guard who uses a gun to try to get his job back. Dustin Hoffman plays the TV newsman who wants to exploit him.

"Mystery," 8 p.m., PBS. The first half of this two-parter was intense and disturbing. After the courts released a man convicted of murder, the gory killings resumed. Yet, detective David Creegan (Robson Green) was convinced the man was innocent. Stick around for tonight’s finale. This is an intelligent tale — the kind where things add up neatly.

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