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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, November 12, 2001

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By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE "Absolutely Fabulous," 7 p.m., Comedy Central. Decadence has never been quite so much fun. After a 5-year break, Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley return to the characters they've mastered. They reprise their characters Edina and Patsy, grasping for a glitzy life. Those five years are crucial. Patsy is now youth-obsessed; she's taken face-freezing injections, with disastrous (and hilarious) results. Saunders — who also produces and writes "AbFab" — and Lumley are terrific.

TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE 2 "American Roots Music," 10 p.m., PBS. The third part of this four-week series captures three giant changes in the 1940s, '50s and '60s. Bluesmen moved North and went electric. This hour views the masters Muddy Waters and B.B. King; it hears their admirers (Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards) and the next generation (Keb' Mo', Koko Taylor).

"The Weakest Link," 7 p.m., NBC. Lots of WWF wrestlers try to answer questions.

"The Hughleys," 8 p.m., UPN (seen on KFVE). Remember Teck, the free-spirited (and sometimes naked) guy in "Real World: Hawaii"? Tonight, he talks Darryl into a time-share scheme.

"Ally McBeal," 8 p.m., Fox. John returns from vacation with a new look.

"Everybody Loves Raymond," 8 p.m., CBS. Ray commits a major mistake. He makes fun of his son's work on the basketball team.

"Masterpiece Theatre: The Cazalets," 9 p.m., PBS. The second-to-last episode of this well-crafted mini-series continues to find the brothers and their families in agony. Rupert is missing in World War II action; his young second wife, Zoe, tries to help a soldier whose face has been disfigured. Edward continues to philander, a fact that his daughter knows. Hugh's wife, Sybil, continues to get grim medical news.

"She's All That" (1999), 9 p.m., USA Network. The story is predictable enough with a popular high school guy (Freddie Prinze Jr.) transforming a wallflower (Rachael Leigh Cook) into a stunner. Still, it's well-done and Cook is superb.

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Tonight on News 8

Get the latest news at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. from Howard Dashefsky and Jodi Leong, plus up-to-the-minute weather from Sharie Shima.

• At 5, 6 and 10: Diane Ako reports on the business of marriage in "Road to the Altar."