- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 20, 2005

Mindless ‘Mind’

With the usual women in peril boilerplate that’s become standard fare for movies on cable’s Lifetime, the most interesting thing about the tepid “Mind Over Murder” (airing at 9 tonight on the “network for women”) may have happened to the film’s star, Tori Spelling, off the set.

According to published reports, the former “Beverly Hills 90210” actress reportedly fell for her co-star, Dean McDermott, during the film’s production in Canada last August (Miss Spelling and her husband Charlie Shanian separated that month after 15 months of marriage, and a few weeks later Mr. McDermott and his wife of 12 years, Mary Jo Eustace, filed for divorce).

That tidbit aside, “Murder” itself offers no surprises.

Miss Spelling plays Holly Winters, an unlucky-in-love New York prosecutor who wakes up with psychic abilities and otherworldly powers after suffering a serious head injury: She can now read other people’s minds and hear their thoughts.

Holly decides to put these abilities to good use to find the missing link in a suspicious chain of events and — wouldn’t you know it? — becomes the target of a hit man.

If you’re hankering for the supernatural, NBC’s “Medium” is a more satisfying choice.

In tonight’s episode (10 p.m.), Emmy-winner Patricia Arquette encounters disturbing images in the 3-D works of a popular artist that might hold a deadly secret.

PBS probes Katrina

Do we really need another show on Hurricane Katrina and the damage it wrought?

PBS seems to think so.

The network’s “NOVA” and “Frontline” series are teaming up for a pair of documentaries airing tomorrow evening.

Each program in its own way probes the failures in organization, engineering and leadership that brought about the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

First up, “NOVA” (8 p.m.) presents a minute-by-minute reconstruction of the disaster told through eyewitness testimony. According to Associated Press, the program will offer a definitive investigation of the science used to predict the catastrophic storm and its outcome a year in advance and also poses a series of questions: What made this storm so destructive? How accurately did scientists predict its impact? And why are powerful hurricanes like Katrina likely to strike more often?

Then at 9 p.m., “Frontline” investigates the chain of decisions that slowed federal response to the devastation in New Orleans. The program exposes how and why officials failed to protect thousands of Americans from a widely predicted natural disaster, and examines the overall status of America’s disaster-response system.

Interviewees include former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown in his first televised interview since resigning, plus Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin and former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

New series for Bushnell

Author Candace Bushnell of “Sex and the City” fame is developing an hourlong series for NBC about the familiar topic of women in New York, the network announced.

The show will be based on Miss Bushnell’s latest novel, “Lipstick Jungle,” Associated Press reports. The series will be part of the network’s development slate for the 2006 fall season, an NBC spokesman says.

The novel is “so strong … It’s a really fun character piece,” NBC Universal Television executive Katherine Pope told Daily Variety.

HBO’s groundbreaking hit “Sex and the City” (1998-2004) was drawn from Miss Bushnell’s newspaper column about New York single’s life. Miss Bushnell and Robin Schiff (NBC’s “Miss Match” and Fox’s “Party of Five”) are executive producers for the new project about women scheming to hold onto their power and money.

One’ marks 100th show

UPN’s “One on One” celebrates its 100th episode (tonight at 8) with a story line that seems a tad tacky for the noteworthy milestone.

Fearful of losing Arnaz (Robert Ri’chard) to some of the beautiful women in Los Angeles, Breanna (Kyla Pratt) finally makes the big decision to have sex with him on her 19th birthday.

The other roommates leave the house to give the couple some privacy, but things go awry when Breanna’s dad (Flex Alexander) drops by unexpectedly. Uh-oh.

“One on One” premiered in 2001.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports.

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