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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Tube Notes

By Mike Hughes
Gannett News Service


"Funniest Commercials of the Year," 7 p.m., TBS. Some of these show up on mainstream TV: We see Ellen DeGeneres at a workplace for animals including Shelley the tortoise, who is supposed to dash out for coffee; we see a hapless chap who is working with chimps. Others are more obscure, including a witty rap tune done by country-club rich kids. There are moments here that are wittier than most programs.


"Bones," 7 and 8 p.m., Fox. In the first rerun, the wife of a key witness has been killed and their son has been kidnapped; Brennan races to find him before the trial. In the second, Booth and Brennan find a world of underground homeless shelters.

"The George Lopez Show," 7 p.m., ABC. ABC throws in four straight comedy reruns. The opener begins with George claiming he does more work than his wife. In the second and third (with Ming-Na as guest star), he tries to go to college in an effort to encourage his son. In the fourth, he takes his wife's job as wedding planner. That's a mistake because the bride (Eva Longoria of "Desperate Housewives") is demanding.

"Friday Night Lights," 7 p.m., NBC. These three tough reruns were set up by recent episodes: Riggins had a big game, suddenly getting interest from college scouts; his teammate Smash had an off game and is desperate. Meanwhile, Riggins has had sex with the girlfriend of the team's semi-paralyzed quarterback. And Matt, the new quarterback, quietly longs to date the coach's daughter. All of that overflows in some angry and agonizing moments.

"King of Queens," 7 p.m., CBS. At a work retreat, Carrie and other women plan to skip out and go to the spa. That becomes complicated in this rerun when Doug shows up trying to be romantic.

"Two and a Half Men," 7:30 p.m., CBS. Here's the rerun of a funny episode in which a girl invites Jake to a party. He's soon getting advice from his misguided uncle.

"When Parents Are Deployed," 9 p.m., PBS. This documentary looks at the continued departures and reunions in military families. It's quite dry, but includes some warm moments involving real-life families and involving Elmo (the Muppet) and his dad.

"CSI: NY," 9 p.m., CBS. A female roller-derby star has been killed during a game.