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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, October 28, 2002

Tube Notes

By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service

Tonight's Must-See

"Fire on the Mountain," 7 and 11 p.m., History Channel. Back in 1949, a Montana brush fire killed 12 airborne firefighters and a wilderness guard. In the next 45 years, this documentary says, no smoke jumpers were killed. Then 14 died in a 1994 Colorado inferno. That stirred John Maclean into action. His father, Norman Maclean spent his final 14 years researching the Montana blaze and writing the book "A River Runs Through It." Now came a similar fire and result. John Maclean was stunned when an official report implied that the firefighters were at fault. His "Fire on the Mountain" book blamed officials for waiting too long to fight the fire and failing to tell the smokejumpers a windstorm was coming. Beyond the finger pointing, this is a compelling film. The use of re-enactments is distracting, but we get a powerful view of people under pressure.

Of Note

"Boston Public," 7 p.m., Fox. Last week's season opener included a student protest. Now come the aftershocks.

"Everybody Loves Raymond," 8 p.m., CBS. After their friends go to a marriage counselor, Debra wants to do the same with Ray.

"Girls Club," 8 p.m., Fox. In the premiere, Jeannie (Kathleen Robertson) wasn't sure if one of her bosses was hitting on her. Tonight, that gets more complicated. Meanwhile, Sarah (Chyler Leigh) needs help from an alcoholic politician (Stacy Keach). The result is uneven but has some good moments.

"Third Watch," 8 p.m., NBC. Roy Scheider plays a Russian gangster who turns violent. That finally forces Sully to confront his wife, Tatiana, about her dark secrets.

"Scaredy Camp," 8:30 p.m., Nickelodeon. In Sunday's premiere, six young campers were told a spooky legend then began searching for clues.

"CSI: Miami," 9 p.m., CBS. The murder of a young girl is investigated.