- The Washington Times - Friday, February 1, 2008

Bold bowl alternatives

Not all TV viewing roads lead to Sunday’s telecast of Super Bowl XLII and the endless supply of game-related programming — both before and after the main event.

And thank goodness for that.

Alternatives are available for those who simply have no interest in the affair (especially when their favorite teams didn’t make the final cut).

For starters, marathons abound for those who crave continuity.

Cable’s Bravo, for instance, serves up two choices: “Make Me a Supermodel,” in the 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. block (a lone episode of “Millionaire Matchmaker” airs at 10 a.m., followed by two back-to-back installments of “The Real Housewives of Orange County); and “Project Runway” from 2 to 6 p.m.

“Supermodel” airs two more hourlong episodes from 6 to 8 p.m.

On VH1, devout fans can relive the drama of the reality hit, “Scott Baio Is 45 and Single,” as the (now 46 and happily married) former sitcom star explains his aversion to commitment and apologizes to the past lovers he two-timed. The three-episode block airs from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Next up, Bret Michaels, lead singer of rock band Poison, is back looking for love in “Rock of Love 2,” as 20 more beautiful women vie for his affections (2:30 to 4:30 p.m.).

VH1 briefly shifts gears from the marathon programming with the celebrity news roundup “Best Week Ever” at 5:30 p.m. and “VH1: All Access: Britney’s Most Shocking Moments” at 6 p.m.

The network then kicks off its evening lineup with an encore broadcast of its latest reality hit, “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.” The series premiere (titled “Intake”) at 6:30 p.m. chronicles the struggles of the eight drug-addicted celebrities who check themselves into a rehabilation facility under the care of Dr. Drew Pinsky. Three hourlong back-to-back episodes follow at 7:30, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.

On TLC, it’s back-to-back showings of “What Not to Wear,” as hosts Clinton Kelly and Stacy London work their style mojo on the fashion-challenged from 1 to 6 p.m.

Elsewhere, Lifetime’s anti Super Bowl choices include movies, movies — and more movies.

At 1 p.m., Patty Duke, Ronny Cox and Max Martini star in “Love Lessons.” Then Dermot Mulroney and Amanda Peet headline in “Griffin & Phoenix” at 3 p.m.

“Forever Love,” with Reba McEntire, Tim Matheson and Bess Armstrong, airs at 5 p.m., followed by “Too Young to Be a Dad” at7 p.m. featuring Kathy Baker, Paul Dano and Katie Stuart. Finally, Andrea Bowen and Jennie Garth star in “Girl, Positive” at 9 p.m.

Paige turner

Paige Davis, former “it” girl on “Trading Spaces,” has returned to TLC and the show that made her famous with a somewhat new take.

This time, the perky host isn’t limiting her makeover skills to couples who trade rooms inside their homes for the transformation. She’s also making over bickering spouses, parent/child and employee/boss relationships. Tomorrow at 9 p.m., Miss Davis wrangles a mother who thinks she knows best as she swaps places with a rebellious daughter who wants to show her mom who’s boss.

The weekend’s other highlights:


• Evening with Quincy Jones (10:30 p.m., WETA, Channel 26) — Take a rare look inside the life of music mogul Quincy Jones in this hourlong interview, which was taped here in the District (at George Washington University) in front of a live audience for the HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest black video oral history archive. Gwen Ifill interviews and hosts the star-studded evening, which includes live performances by Lesley Gore, BeBe Winans, James Ingram, Bobby McFerrin and Herbie Hancock as they all pay tribute to the life and career of the man known as “Q.”


• E! Entertainment Specials: Forbes 20 Cash Queens of Music (6 p.m., E!) — An exclusive list of the music industry’s most sought-after and well-paid women.


• Shootout (11:30 a.m., AMC) — Actor-writer-director-producer William H. Macy discusses the making of his upcoming film, “The Deal.”

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff and Web reports

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