'20/20' loses its focus

As one newsmagazine takes the high road, another goes low. Or, for every action, there is a reaction.

As the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes scores record ratings with a steady diet of substance and interviews like the one correspondent Steve Kroft did on Sunday with President-elect Barack Obama, ABC's 20/20 tonight features an "exclusive" interview by Diane Sawyer with Ashley Dupre. She's the "high-end call girl" at the center of the scandal that brought down former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. One interviews presidents, the other prostitutes. What an interesting turn Sawyer's career has taken. (10 p.m., WMAR-Channel 2).

WHY I LOVE BUSTER But here is something to love about TV today. Postcards From Buster, the wisely conceived and brilliantly executed PBS kids' show, has been sending Buster Baxter abroad recently in an effort to make sure its young viewers get a better sense of themselves as citizens of the world. Today, Buster goes to Egypt. And, yes, he does find pyramids and mummies and all the rest of the Indiana Jones stereotypical stuff. But he also finds out what it is like to be a Muslim child in Cairo. I love this show. (5 p.m. WETA-Channel 26) ****

LATE-NIGHT GUESTS Actor James Franco visits the Late Show with David Letterman. Scott Weiland performs on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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