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SHOWS WORTH NOTING FOR FEB. 10-16

By M.S. Mason / February 9, 2001



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These Old Broads (ABC, 9-11 p.m.): Carrie Fisher wrote this frothy comedy about three eccentric, aging singers played by her mother, Debbie Reynolds, as well as Joan Collins and Shirley MacLaine, who reunite to do a television special. There are plenty of Hollywood in-jokes, though the sometimes crude, sometimes silly story is not much of a compliment to old Hollywood.

American Experience: Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind (PBS, check local listings): In 1914 Jamaican-born Marcus Garvey first read Booker T. Washington's "Up From Slavery," and it changed his life. He, in turn, changed history. He realized that the second-class citizenship that faced him was a global problem. He began the Universal Negro Improvement Association, which fostered black pride and empowerment. His story is complex, and he created an army of enemies. But as this engaging documentary points out, Garvey helped give thousands a sense of pride.

A Mother's Fight for Justice (Lifetime, 9-10 p.m.): When a teenager is seriously injured by a drunk driver, the hospital protects the drunk. The injured boy's mother (Meredith Baxter) decides to seek justice for her son. A tear-jerker, but the portrayal of the injured boy as marvelously good is worth watching.

Secrets of the Pharaohs (Three-part series on PBS, continuing Tuesdays, 8-9 p.m.): In part one, "Tut's Family Curse," DNA testing provides new clues to the famous 18th Dynasty, of which King Tut was the last of his line. A number of documentaries about mummies have been made in the past few years; this one centers on the culture and is absorbing.

Frontline: Hackers (PBS, 10-11 p.m.): Some of the scariest crime out there isn't on the streets, it's on the Net - techno-nerds who "hack" into protected sites and wreak havoc. This excellent documentary outlines the scope of the problem.

Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies (TCM, 8-9 p.m.): The most celebrated of American films, "Citizen Kane," was based on a terrible lie - that Marion Davies (the model for Susan Alexander in the film) was a talentless gold digger. Davies actually was a talented comedienne and actress, and this biography tries to set the record straight.

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