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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. Adam Taylor/ABC hide caption

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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).

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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.