Hollywood immortals are everywhere tonight

THE BALTIMORE SUN

This evening could force you to choose from between Frasier Crane, John Wayne, James Garner and Judy Garland. No one ever said life was easy.

* "The Jenny Jones Show" (9 a.m.-10 a.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- I'm not sure why anyone would want to watch Jenny Jones, but today's segment, featuring people with totally useless talent willing to do anything to get on TV, sounds marginally entertaining. At least no former boyfriends will be surprising former girlfriends with news they've had a sex-change operation.

* "Frasier" (9 p.m.-9:30 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Frasier and Lilith's son, Frederick, shows up for the holidays, forcing dad to go shopping on Christmas Eve. I'm sure we all know how he feels.

* "Coach" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Al Michaels, Frank Gifford and Dan Dierdorf are forced to work two nights in a row, as they show up here less than 24 hours after finishing their chores on "Monday Night Football." Boy, these poor guys really have to work hard.

* "Hallmark Hall of Fame: 'Breathing Lessons' " (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Adapted from a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Baltimorean Anne Tyler (and set here as well), "Breathing Lessons" stars James Garner and Joanne Woodward. Hard to go wrong with that kind of talent.

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* "Holiday Inn" (2:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m., AMC) -- This is the movie that introduced Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas" to the world back in 1942. Was there even such a thing as snow before Irving Berlin put it to music?

* "The Searchers" (9 p.m.-11:30 p.m., USA) -- Maybe the greatest Western of all time, and certainly one of the most mythic, this 1956 effort stars John Wayne out to find his niece, who's been kidnapped and raised among the Indians. Anyone who doubts Wayne's abilities should watch this; has any actor ever riveted the camera's attention more firmly? The film features Arizona's Monument Valley in a starring role; the West never looked so good.

* "Judy Garland Christmas Show" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., Nick) -- Hollywood never mistreated a talent so thoroughly -- and tragically -- as it mistreated Judy Garland. She deserved far better; at least this 30-year-old TV special shows her happy and includes some great music. It features Judy celebrating the holidays with her children, including Liza Minnelli.

* "Ben-Hur" (3 a.m.-5:30 a.m., TCM) -- A silent classic, featuring restored color sequences, this 1925 version of "Ben-Hur" should put to rest any thoughts that silent movies were drab and lifeless. The chariot race is every bit as good as the one Charlton Heston starred in 34 years later.

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