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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, November 2, 2001

Tube Notes

By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service

TONIGHT"S MUST-SEE: "Reba" (WB, seen on KFVE) or "Tremors" (1990, USA Network); both 7 p.m. Reba McEntire probably should have been content as a country-music star. Now she"s also become a solid actress. Her acting career actually began with "Tremors," a sleeper film that drew praise for its director (Ron Underwood) and stars. Kevin Bacon leads the fight against giant worm-creatures; Fred Ward, Finn Carter and McEntire are in support. Eleven years later, McEntire landed the ideal TV series. "Reba" wasn"t written for her " the title came later " but she fits it. We get a wildly dysfunctional family with McEntire, her Oklahoma common sense intact, as the only sane element. Tonight, the focus is on her daughter"s husband, who"s the star of the high school football team. After being named player of the week, he"s bathed in attention.

"Dark Angel," 7 p.m., FOX. You didn"t think TV would drop Halloween so quickly, did you" Tonight the holiday provides a chance for creatures to roam Seattle.

"The Ellen Show," 7 p.m., CBS. Tom Poston guests as the latest guy to date Ellen"s clueless mom.

"The Weakest Link," 7 p.m., Pax TV. Here"s a rerun of the hour that included all the surviving "Brady Bunch" people. Many are quite bright, but during one round they managed not to bank any money.

"Michael Jordan: An American Hero" (1999), 6 p.m., Fox Family Channel. With Jordan back on the basketball court it"s time to rerun this film. It"s a standard, respectful biography.

"That"s Life," 8 p.m., CBS. Like "Dark Angel" this offers a belated episode set on Halloween night: Paulie"s secret bride is missing.

"Coed Call Girl" (1996). 9 p.m., Lifetime. The world quickly ignored this CBS movie about a naive student (Tori Spelling ) joining an escort service.

"Coupling," 8 p.m., BBC America (additional Oceanic Digital). Here"s another naughty but hilarious episode of this "Friends"-style comedy. One character needs a fake wife; another arrives at a date"s apartment with nothing under her coat " then finds that he"s throwing a party.

"Once and Again," 9 p.m., ABC. Lily (Sela Ward) suddenly gets a chance to be on the radio.

"Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," 9 p.m., NBC. David Keith guest stars as a tough detective obsessed with a serial rapist-killer.