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Tonight's TV: For Those Who Are Not So Interested In Basketball

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are one of the couples still in the running on Dancing With The Stars. i i

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Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are one of the couples still in the running on Dancing With The Stars.

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are one of the couples still in the running on Dancing With The Stars.

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Broadcast: Tonight's NCAA basketball championship game, which starts at 9:00 p.m. on CBS, is disrupting the prime-time lineup a little bit, but there is no stopping the cha-cha. (By the way, if I were a completely different sort of person, I would totally make There's No Stopping The Cha-Cha the name of my autobiography.)

Quite a few shows, including House and Chuck, are in reruns, partly because it's that time of year and probably partly because of basketball. But a new Dancing With The Stars, on ABC at 8:00, will feature the contestants performing dances that "tell stories." (My prediction is that Ralph Macchio's story will be called, "Please Stop Calling Me Daniel-san.") NBC does offer new episodes of The Event and Harry's Law at 9:00 and 10:00 respectively — the latter is closing out its abbreviated first season. On a new Castle, on ABC at 10:00, Castle and Beckett are confronted with a dead reporter in a pizzeria oven. If they ever find a dead reporter in an ice-cream parlor's freezer, I am ready with all the "scoop" jokes you can swallow, by the way.

Note, too, that PBS is continuing its encore presentation of Ken Burns' The Civil War from 8:00 to 10:30, with the usual CYLL caveat (that's Check Your Local Listings).

Cable: Showtime has new episodes of Nurse Jackie and United States Of Tara at 10:00 and 10:30. A&E has a special Intervention about being pregnant and addicted at 8:00, and that leads into its new show at 9:00, Relapse. (That sounds very depressing; whether it will be remains to be seen.) Bethenny Frankel is apparently freaking out about turning 40 on Bravo's Bethenny Forever After (10:00 p.m.). Bethenny is not officially recommended, but in truth, she is kind of funny, and she has a cute baby. There is, too, a new RuPaul's Drag Race at 10:00 on Logo.

The big documentary event is HBO's new film His Way, about producer Jerry Weintraub, which premieres at 9:00. Featuring appearances by everyone from George Clooney to George W. Bush, it cannot be said to lack that touch of fame.

Late Night: Billy Crystal hits The Daily Show at 11:00, and James Franco will be on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (12:35, NBC). Franco and Fallon? That could produce something to see.

Weird notes: I also feel obligated to point out that Food Network's Kid In A Candy Store, which I have never seen, features "pomegranate Tootsie pops" at 8:30. And that at 10:00 p.m. on The Hub, you can see the Family Ties where Alex experiences, like, a two-week amphetamine addiction because of finals, and at 8:00 p.m. on The Hub, you can see the Happy Days where Fonzie fights Tom Hanks. No, really.

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