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Mystery Nuptials Await On ‘Party’

By John Martin New York Times Syndicate

“Party of Five” at 9 ends its third season with a wedding. But FOX won’t say who will be tying the knot.

Based on what has been going on during the past couple of weeks, it’s hard to speculate. But FOX is serious this time; the series already has had two aborted weddings.

What we know is that, on the eve of Grace’s (Tamara Taylor) election, Charlie (Matthew Fox) decides that she’s his true love. As Bailey (Scott Wolf) makes progress toward permanent sobriety, Sarah (Jennifer Love Hewitt) breaks up with her new boyfriend but gets accepted at an East Coast college.

Julia (Neve Campbell) upsets Griffin (Jeremy London) when she considers accepting Justin’s (Michael Goorjian) invitation to run off to Europe together.

Does it sound like anyone is ready for marriage? I don’t think so.

One thing for sure, we’ll find out where it goes. “Party of Five” has been renewed for a fourth season.

This has been an extraordinary year for the show, both in terms of where the screenwriters have taken the Salingers as well as with ratings.

Nominated for a Golden Globe - it won in 1995 - the series is one of the reasons FOX is a hit with young audiences.

Highlights

“Temporarily Yours,” CBS at 8:30: Peter Onorati, who co-starred with series star Debi Mazar in the cast of ABC’s “Civil Wars,” guest-stars as Joan’s (Joanna Gleason) boyfriend. You might call this romp “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” except it involves Deb (Mazar) dragging Joan on a subway and a commercial fishing boat in order to not miss a swanky party aboard a yacht.

“The Drew Carey Show,” ABC at 9: A beer war breaks out when some hotshot entrepreneur rips off the Buzz Beer recipe and, adding insult to injury, tries to sell his suds at the Warsaw. Ed Begley Jr. and model Rachel Hunter guest-star.

“Great Performances,” KSPS at 8: The acclaimed series presents the Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere of Tobias Picker’s “Emmeline,” a unique opera based on Judith Rossner’s (“Looking for Mr. Goodbar”) 1980 novel of the same name.

The story, inspired by an actual incident, involves an unwed mother who gives up a son she unknowingly marries 20 years later. Patricia Racette performs the title role.

Cable Calls

“The Life and Times of …” TNN at 5: Pop-country songwriter-balladeer Roy Orbison (1936-1988) is profiled from his early days to his triumphant recordings as a member of The Traveling Wilburys, composed of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.

“A Prayer in the Dark” (1997), USA at 9: Lynda Carter plays a banker in a Quaker community whose nonviolent nature is tested when prison escapees take her family hostage and demand a $4 million ransom. One of the escapees (Colin Ferguson) is a brooding outsider who once had an affair with Carter’s character’s daughter (Teri Polo, “Northern Exposure”).

The screenplay leans heavily on the extremes nonviolent Quakers might go to in order to defend their families. Heavy describes most of the performances in what turns out to be just another of USA’s cheap thrillers with a strong helping of sentimentality thrown in.

“Tracey Takes On …” HBO at 10: As new episodes begin, Ullman takes on the subject of money.

“The Line King: The Al Hirschfield Story,” MAX at 11:30: Katharine Hepburn and Carol Channing are among the celebrities featured in an affectionate tribute to America’s best known show-biz caricaturist.

Talk Time

“Tonight,” NBC at 11:35: Director John Waters and SeaWorld animal expert Julie Scardina.

“Late Show With David Letterman,” CBS at 11:35: Actor-comedian Dan Aykroyd and singer Cyndi Lauper.

“Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher,” ABC at 12:35 a.m.: Actress Kathy Kinney, pollster Kellyanne Fitzpatrick and writer Alan Zweibel.

“Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” NBC at 12:35 a.m.: Michael T. Weiss (“The Pretender”) and comedian Tony Kamen.

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