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‘Joan of Arcadia’ deals with looks

Joel Brown New York Times Syndicate

You have to wonder if the writers of the earnest and entertaining “Joan of Arcadia” were thinking of some of their flashier, trashier competitors such as “The Swan” and “Extreme Makeover” when they came up with the episode that airs on CBS tonight at 8.

Joan takes a cosmetics class, but the one person who matters — Adam — fails to notice her new look. All the more disappointing since Glynis’ makeover has been a real topic of conversation.

But are looks what really matter?

Shelley Long guests as a makeover maven.

In the B story line, Kevin once again encounters Beth, who he believes dumped him because he became a paraplegic. And he’s not ready to forgive.


“George Lopez,” ABC at 8: As wedding plans progress between Benny and Randy, klutzy Amy (Sandra Bullock, reprising her guest role) arrives to win Randy back. A repeat follows.

“Dateline,” NBC at 8: Two hours of T.

“Reba,” WB at 8: Barbra Jean decides she’s never speaking to Reba again, but things get ugly when Cheyenne talks them into a girls’ night out to celebrate her 21st birthday.

“What I Like About You,” WB at 8:30: Season finale. Holly gets an internship in Paris, but when Henry and Vince both kiss her before she leaves, she knows she must decide between them.

“Hope & Faith,” ABC at 9: Charley insists that Faith get a job, so Hope takes her to a small-time talent agent, and she ends up with a small-time trade-show gig. Dominic Chianese — Uncle Junior of “The Sopranos” — plays the agent. A repeat follows.

“JAG,” CBS at 9: The mother of a Marine killed in Iraq turns to Harm for help.

“Grounded for Life,” WB at 9: Season finale. Tired of Lily’s hinting that his space-camp girlfriend Lana was imaginary, Brad takes off with the very real Lana (Mila Kunis of “That ‘70s Show”).

“Run of the House,” WB at 9:30: Kurt feels that he doesn’t spend enough time with Brooke, so he decides to coach her softball team.

“20/20,” ABC at 10: Kate Hudson talks about being a new mom. Awww.

“Cold Case,” CBS at 10: A five-year-old drunk-driving death case goes back on the front burner. Repeat.

“Third Watch,” NBC at 10: A vengeful father (Gene Simmons of KISS) puts his mob to work to kill as many police officers as possible after the car-chase death of his son.

Family Fare

“Spy Kids” (2001), Fox at 8: The original, written and directed by Robert Rodriguez, and starring Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara, along with a lot of more-famous grown-ups.

“The Jimmy/Timmy Power Hour,” Nick at 8: Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius meets Timmy from “The Fairly Oddparents”! Can world domination be far behind?

Cable Cast

NBA playoffs, ESPN at 4: New Jersey vs. Detroit, Game 2 of conference semifinals.

“Brave New Girl,” Family Channel at 8: Lindsey Haun and Virginia Madsen star in the tale of a girl whose singing career is supported through struggles by her brave single mom.

Late Night Talk

“Late Show with David Letterman,” CBS at 11:35: Kelsey Grammer, the latest evictee from “Survivor: All-Stars” and musical guests Orchestra Baobab with Trey Anastasio and Dave Matthews. Now that’s a show.

“Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” NBC at 11:35: Anna Nicole Smith.

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