PICK OF THE WEEK
IN SEARCH OF LAW AND ORDER: RECLAIMING AMERICA'S KIDS
Friday, April 10
9-10 p.m. (PBS)
In Search of Law and Order: Reclaiming America's Kids (PBS, 9-10 p.m.): "Anybody could shoot you; for the wrong look you could get shot. You could get shot for wearing Nike," says Jamie, a teenager in a gang outside of Boston. This three-part series, narrated by Andr Braugher (pictured, of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street") examines how three innovative communities - Boston, Fort Worth, Texas, and Richmond, Calif. - are trying to reduce youth violence. Boston's "Operation Nightlight," for instance, teams up parole officers and Boston cops to patrol city streets and share information about gangs. The series continues April 17 and 24. (TV-PG, L)
The Masters (CBS, 3:30-6 p.m.): Action continues on the fast and slippery greens of Augusta National. Sunday (4-7 p.m.) is the final day of this storied event. Until then, here's an interesting bit of trivia: Tournament organizers allow no more than four minutes of commercials per hour.
The Tiger Woods Story (Showtime, 8-9:30 p.m.): A more defining title for this biopic could be: "Bringing Up Tiger Woods: the Parents' Story." Ten points for Tiger Woods for a life that reads like a movie script. But LeVar Burton sugarcoats it as the movie vacillates between inspirational and corny.
Biography - Diana: the True Story (A&E, 8-10 p.m.): Even though there isn't really anything new in this biography on the late Diana, Princess of Wales, it's hard to pull yourself away from this riveting and insightful tale. This special features interviews with her close friends, who speak candidly for the first time. It also traces her life story through what dresses she wore, but it also shows us why she was called the "people's princess." (TV-G)
The Staircase (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): Set in the late 19th century, this story is about a Roman Catholic nun (Barbara Hershey) who tries to complete a chapel and discovers that there is no staircase to the choir loft. A mysterious stranger creates an engineering marvel - a circular staircase made without nails. The film demystifies the legendary story as it transcends the culture of a specific religion and asserts the importance of forgiveness over material gifts. (See story above.) (TV-G)
Love Boat: the Next Wave (UPN, 8-9 p.m.): The Love Boat sails back into prime time, but executive producer Aaron Spelling should have left this series at the dock. Robert Urich heads the cast on board the Sun Princess in this fluffy soap opera that features buff men and beautiful women looking for love. Also stars Doug Savant ("Melrose Place") and Joan Severance as the security chief. (TV-PG)
David Spade: Take the Hit (HBO, 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.): Comedian David Spade, of NBC's "Just Shoot Me," is so funny, so quick witted ... and yet so disappointingly flat in this one-hour HBO special. On "Saturday Night Live," he successfully poked fun at celebrities in his "Hollywood Minute," but here his humor feels forced and contrived when he makes fun of dating in high school and family life. Hopefully, this is just a warm-up for better things to come in future stand-up routines. Contains adult material. (TV-MA)