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Garner Still Packs A Punch As Rockford

“Rockford Files” movies aren’t TV movies as much as they are trips down memory lane. Sometimes I think people tune in just to see if James Garner still has it as private eye Jim Rockford.

Well, he does still have it, despite some obvious wear and tear. He can still take a punch and, as you’ll see in “The Rockford Files: Murder and Misdemeanors” (CBS at 8), he can even dish out a licking, too.

When Rockford takes over the caseload of a private-eye friend (John Amos), he’s pitted against two well-respected members of the Los Angeles Police Department charged with shaking down a prostitute. As usual, there’s more to this than meets the eye. When the case makes headlines, Rockford’s scheming pal, Angel Martin (Stuart Margolin), tries to sell Rockford’s life story to Hollywood producers. Joe Santos also reprises his role as police Lt. Dennis Becker.


“Sabrina, The Teenage Witch,” ABC at 8: On Friday the 13th, Sabrina (Melissa Joan Hart) is allowed to tell mortals her secret, which they’ll forget the following day. She grants Valerie and Harvey (Lindsay Sloane, Nate Richert) each a wish. Drew Carey and baseball’s Mark Langston guest-star.

“Millennium,” FOX at 9: In this first-run episode Charles Nelson Reilly reprises his role as alien-abduction author Jose Chung. He seeks help from Black (Lance Henriksen) when his life is threatened by a fanatical self-help group that’s the subject of his latest book.

“America’s Funniest Home Videos,” ABC at 9: The series returns with a hourlong special hosted by Daisy Fuentes and John Fugelsang. (The grid above was prepared before the program time was changed.)

“Dateline NBC,” NBC at 9: A “survivors” hour features reports on a newborn nearly killed at a horse track and a Philadelphia man buried when the house he was working on collapsed.

“20/20,” ABC at 10: A report by Arnold Diaz exposes problems in the charter-bus business.

“Homicide: Life on the Street,” NBC at 10: Pembleton and Lewis (Andre Braugher, Clark Johnson) turn to two teenagers who are the only witnesses in a murder-robbery in which the owners of a mom-and-pop grocery were gunned down.