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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, April 1, 2006

Tube Notes

By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service

Liza Minnelli, at 26, shined in the 1972 TV music special "Liza with a 'Z'." Newly remastered, it'll look better than ever tonight.

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"NCAA Basketball Tournament: Final Four," 1 p.m., CBS. This is the best or worst NCAA tournament in history, depending on whether you like underdogs. The original favorites all four of them have been eliminated. One of the finalists, George Mason University, is a school most fans had never heard of. Now Louisiana State plays UCLA and George Mason plays Florida. The winners collide Monday for the college championship.

"Liza With a 'Z,' " 6 p.m., Showtime. For a brief, giddy moment, TV knew how to make a great music special. In 1972, there was this moment of perfection. Liza Minnelli starred, Bob Fosse directed and choreographed, Fred Ebb wrote the script and extra lyrics. These were great talents at their peak. Newly remastered, "Liza" looks and sounds perfect. Forget any current images of Minnelli. Here she was at 26, an immense talent in good hands.


"Kids' Choice Awards," 6 p.m., Nickelodeon. The awards are silly but fun. Jack Black hosts.

"The Ring" (2002), 7 p.m., ABC. Teens spread word that there's a videotape that causes its viewers to die. Now a reporter (Naomi Watts) seeks the truth after the death of her niece. This box-office smash was based on a Japanese remake.

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," 8 p.m., NBC. An abandoned baby leads to a wealthy coed who says she was raped and didn't know she was pregnant. Things get more complicated when a previous case is discovered.

"Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl," 8 p.m., HBO. The history we learned is filled with myth and mistake, actor-comedian Robert Wuhl says. This isn't stand-up comedy, but one of the best classes you'll attend.

"Saturday Night Live," 10:30 p.m., NBC. Scarlett Johansson hosts. Music by Death Cab for Cutie.


Get the latest news and weather at 6 and 10 from KHNL News 8's Diane Ako and Paul Drewes, plus sports with Reid Shimizu.