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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Tube Notes

By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service

Tonight's Must-See

"Independent Lens: Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton," 10 p.m., PBS. Born in Mississippi as the grandson of slaves, the late jazz bassist Milt Hinton thrived in Chicago and New York. Hinton, who died in 2000, also captured history on film. Over most of his 90 years, he photographed 60,000 images of a great era. This film uses his photos, music and (from old interviews) memories, plus comments from others. It's a great ride.

"Nashville Star," 10 p.m., USA Network. Last week's episode ousted Jenny Farrell, leaving only one woman alongside four men. Fortunately, she's a strong contender. Erika Jo Heriges' "You're No Good" ranked alongside Jason Meadows' "Down on the Farm" as last week's powerhouse performances. The others — Jody Evans, Justin David, Jayron Weaver — had mixed outings. Tonight, one person goes and singer Jamie O'Neal performs.

Of Note

"American Idol," 7 p.m., Fox. Last week, the contestants struggled with Broadway tunes. Many admitted they'd never heard of the songs they were singing. This week, with eight contestants left, they may get an easier category.

"Gilmore Girls," 7 p.m., WB. This reruns the episode in which Emily and Richard renew their vows. Granddaughter Rory gets frisky; her dad gets drunk. It is, as usual, an interesting hour.

"The Shield," 7 p.m., FX. Shane gets in trouble with Antwon (a riveting Anthony Anderson) when Antwon's drug business is threatened. Meanwhile, Claudette and Dutch probe the shooting death of an elderly woman.

"House," 8 p.m., Fox. Joe Morton plays a prominent and ambitious politician who is stunned to discover he has AIDS.

"The Office," 8:30 p.m., NBC. With morale sinking, Michael holds an office birthday party — despite the fact that there are no birthdays in the near future.