Tuning in: On TV this week.
Living with Fran (The WB, 8:30-9 p.m.): Fran Drescher (best known as "The Nanny" following her long-running sitcom) is back. This time she plays a middle-aged divorcée who falls for the hunky contractor who is remodeling her house. The joke is that Riley (Ryan McPartlin) is only 25 - her son Josh's age. Meanwhile, Josh has just returned home after dropping out of medical school. Episode Two airs at 9:30 p.m.Skip to next paragraph
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Terror at Home: Domestic Violence in America (Lifetime, 11 p.m.): This timely film zeroes in on the lives of six domestic-abuse victims as they face their tormentors in court, talk to police and social workers, and/or hide in safe-houses. Perhaps most strange for those who are just learning about the issue is the guilt these women feel for "failing" their mates.
Meteors: Fire in the Sky (The History Channel, 8 p.m.): Enormous asteroids bashed into the Earth long ago, causing widespread destruction. In fact, rocks in space careen toward Earth every day at incredible speeds, burning up as they enter the atmosphere. While we watch fiery meteors blaze through the sky, scientists explain the history, character, and causes of these "aliens from outer space."
Revelations (NBC, 9 p.m.): Life on Earth has become so savage that the metaphors of the book of Revelation in the Bible are coming true - as the filmmakers interpret the Apocalypse, that is. It's up to a physicist and a nun to avert Armageddon. What is deeply disturbing about this inventive, grisly series is just how socially resonant its theme has become. Why is Satan so much more powerful than God in the movies? What is really motivating this storytelling?