Old stars come out tonight


Here's a super trivia test, all answered in a single night's programming: What memorable TV series' lead character made his first appearance on "Make Room for Daddy," in an episode getting a rare repeat tonight? (Hint: The series that featured the character also co-starred a child actor who grew up to be a celebrity, who can be seen in another show tonight.) For the answer, see Nick At Nite item below.

* "A Day With . . ." (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- This unusual special has no host and no fixed script, for each participant was given the opportunity to choose a setting in which to appear. The program eavesdrops on Ron Howard working on "Apollo 13," supermodel Elle Macpherson preparing for the British Academy Awards and "Friends" star Matthew Perry just hanging out in Los Angeles. Fox.

* "Ballet" (9 p.m.-midnight, MPT, Channels 22, 67) -- Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman shot more than 110 hours of film in making this three-hour profile of American Ballet Theatre. It captures the daily rehearsal life at the company's Manhattan headquarters, as well as performance scenes on tour in Athens and Copenhagen. Included is interview footage with Agnes de Mille, the legendary choreographer who died in 1993, shortly after participating in the film. PBS.


* "Nick At Nite's 10th Anniversary Event" (8 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Nick At Nite) -- The network of TV oldies launches a weeklong anniversary salute, including some series that have not been on the nightly lineup in a good long time. Tonight's roster: "Mister Ed," "Lassie," "My Three Sons," "Make Room for Daddy," "The Donna Reed Show," "The Ann Sothern Show" and "Route 66."

(Trivia answer: In tonight's "Make Room for Daddy" -- at 9:30 -- Danny Thomas gets a traffic ticket in Mayberry, N.C. -- thus introducing sheriff Andy Taylor and "The Andy Griffith Show" that followed. Young Opie Taylor, of course, is film director Ron Howard, seen in the Fox special "A Day With . . ." listed above.)

* "Biography: Pocahontas, Ambassador to the New World" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., A&E; Network) -- The real historical figure of the Disney movie was just 22 when she died in London. The show launches "Wild Frontier Week," with profiles through the week of Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Lewis & Clark and Chief Crazy Horse.

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