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Salon’s guide to what to watch on Wednesday: NBC’s “Life” holds an irrefutable appeal.


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Salon Staff
November 7, 2007 11:00am (UTC)

Prime Pick

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We're the first to question the value of yet another procedural drama, replete with the quirky-crazy detective, out for revenge. Even so, NBC's "Life" (10 p.m. EST) holds a certain irrefutable appeal. Damian Lewis brings a convincing mix of twitchiness and swagger to his role as detective Charlie Crews, recently released from prison after being set up and wrongly incarcerated. Lewis' obsessive intensity might feel like a retread for fans of Vincent D'Onofrio's mad sleuth on"Law & Order: CI," but when you throw in compelling crimes, comedic turns and a loyal lady lawyer as a love interest, plus a season-long mystery that feels well worth solving, "Life" is both enjoyable and addictive enough to remind you of what you once liked about cop dramas. Better watch it soon, though, before it's replaced by "CSI: Cleveland" and "Law & Order: Parking Violations."

Also…

The fourth-season finale of "Ghost Hunters" airs at 9 p.m. EST on Sci Fi, married couples compete in the season finale of Bravo's "Better Half" at 10 p.m. EST, and British sketch comedy "Swinging" premieres at 11 p.m. EST on Sundance.

On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EST

Tom Brokaw, Seal

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EST

Damon Wayans, Kayce Freed Jennings, Colbie Caillat

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

America Ferrera, Lyle Lovett, Shemar Moore

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Beauty queen raped by her husband

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

Gov. Bill Richardson

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EST

Dr. Phil

Jon Stewart

Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EST

Jerry Seinfeld (repeat)

Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EST

Massie Ritsch, Craig Venter (repeat)

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EST

Regis Philbin, Chamillionaire (repeat)

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EST

Reese Witherspoon, David Koechner, PJ Harvey (repeat)

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Ernest Borgnine

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EST

Dr. Phil McGraw, Rachel Nichols, Gary Allen

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EST

Kevin James, Jordana Spiro, Greg Giraldo (repeat)

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EST

Jimmy Smits, Michelle Monaghan, Shout Out Louds (repeat)

Contributors: Megan Doll, Heather Havrilesky, Eryn Loeb, Amy Reiter


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