Sunday, June 20, 2004

Inspecting ‘History’

PBS’ sleuthing series “History Detectives” returns for a second season tonight with the tales of a Civil War-era submarine and a pipe that may have belonged to a famous Indian warrior.

The submarine in question turned up in New Orleans’ French Quarter, but historians don’t know its precise history. The man who found the underwater vessel believes his ancestors helped create the advanced ship, one of the era’s many military innovations.

The tale of Red Cloud’s pipe began when a “History Detectives” viewer told the show’s producers her family owned a pipe they believed was owned by Chief Red Cloud, who gained early fame as a warrior but was also one of the most influential Indian leaders to urge peace with the U.S. government in the late 19th century. The show tracks the pipe’s history to the 1870s, uncovering a chapter in our past teeming with scandal.

“History Detectives” airs at 10 p.m. on WETA-TV.

Love gets sacked

They said it wouldn’t last, and once again “they” were dead on.

New York Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer and the woman he chose on ABC’s “The Bachelor” are kaput, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Palmer chose Jessica Bowlin from the 25 women competing for his affections on the most recent season of the reality dating show.

The couple told the syndicated TV entertainment show “Extra” on Thursday that they had mutually agreed to end their relationship.

“Jessica and I shared an incredible romantic journey on the show that began with a friendship that remains strong today,” said Mr. Palmer, 25.

During last month’s finale, he told Miss Bowlin that his “gut instinct” was telling him they were meant to spend their lives together, but he added: “I am not ready to propose to you tonight. I think that we need more time to grow and learn about each other.”

Let’s hope his gut serves him better the next time a speeding linebacker heads his way.

Miss Bowlin, a 22-year-old California law student, said of the breakup: “With too much distance and too little time, these were not ideal circumstances in which to start a relationship. Jesse is a great guy and has a wonderful family. Who knows what the future holds?”

Perhaps love means never closing the door on a reunion special.

None of the previous “Bachelors” — Alex Michel, Aaron Buerge, Andrew Firestone and Bob Guiney — has ended up with the woman he eventually chose.

To be fair to reality matchmaking, ABC’s “The Bachelorette” boasts a far better success rate. Former “Bachelorette” Trista Rehn married the man she chose, Ryan Sutter, in a $4 million televised ceremony, and Meredith Phillips is engaged to Ian McKee.

Swank’s ‘Affair’

Hilary Swank used her newly gained Oscar clout in 2000 to land the lead role in “The Affair of the Necklace,” the 2001 film making its cable debut at 8 tonight on the Oxygen channel.

The film underwhelmed both critics and the general public, but cable viewers can give it a fresh look and judge for themselves.

“Necklace,” based on a true story, finds Miss Swank playing an 18th-century French countess embroiled in a scandal threatening her family’s good name.

The countess’s battle to restore her honor becomes intertwined with a priceless necklace.

The film co-stars Oscar winners Adrien Brody and Christopher Walken.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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