TV column for Saturday, March 17


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: Basketball, all
day.

The NCAA field has been trimmed to 32
now, so CBS doesn't have to share as much with cable networks. It has
half of today's eight games and three of Sunday's eight.

Today, CBS' first game is at noon, with
others at about 2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m. Other doubleheaders start at 6
pm. on TNT and at 7 p.m. on TBS.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Harry's Law,”
8 p.m., NBC.

This likable-enough show from producer
David E. Kelley finally moved into a regular timeslot last Sunday,
getting decent ratings. Add in these Saturday reruns and you have an
OK weekend habit.

Tonight, Harry (Kathy Bates) defends a
guy who bought a kidney. Tommy defends twins whose shared husband
died; Roseanna (Jean Smart) isn't sure which twin to prosecute. The
stories may get silly, but the people are talented: Smart has three
Emmys, Kelley has 10, Bates has an Oscar.

TONIGHT'S ALTERATIVE: “Chasing
Leprechauns,” 8 and 10 p.m., Hallmark; and/or “Leprechaun's
Revenge,” 9 p.m., Syfy.

On St. Patrick's Day, we have to make
up our minds: Leprechauns are fun or fierce.

Hallmark prefers fun. Its film has an
Irish village requiring an odd environmental impact statement: Before
an area is developed, it must be certified as leprechaun-free. An
American businessman (Adrian Pasdar) must work with a local bartender
(Irish actress Amy Huberman).

And Syfy prefers ferocity. When a teen
(Courtney Halverson) picks a red shamrock, she unleashes a killer
leprechaun who could destroy the St. Patrick's Day parade. The story
is so-so, but ther are strong performances from Halverson, Billy Zane
and William Devane, playing three generations of O'Haras.

Other choices include:

– “Ghost Whisperer,” 10 a.m. to 1
a.m., WE. This may be designed for people wildly disinterested in
basketball. It's 15 hours of Jennifer Love Hewitt seeing dead people.

– “Shark Tank,” 8 p.m., ABC. In a
switch, ABC is inserting this episode. Ideas ranges from a cake mix
for dogs to a towel design that allows someone to change in and out
of a swimsuit in public.

– “Die Hard” (1988), 8 p.m., AMC.
Bad guys control a high-rise – except for a rogue cop (Bruce
Willis) who's inside. A smart script combined with John McTiernan's
superb direction.

– “20/20,” 9-11 p.m., ABC. Here's
another round of “My Extreme Affliction.”

– “Fashion Star,” 9-10:30 p.m.,
NBC. In a change, NBC reruns Tuesday's debut. It's sort of a “Project
Runway” on hyperdrive – booming music, quickie fashion shows,
even store buyers pushing buttons to make bids. Still, the designers
are interesting: One guy weeps; another insults the women judges.

– “Being Human,” 9-10:30 p.m.,
BBC America. The focus is on baby Eve, who'scrucial to the future of
mankind. Annie the ghost protects her; so (at first) does another
ghost, a charming guy.

– “Off Their Rockers,” 10:30
p.m., NBC. Here's a rerun of the special, hosted by Betty White, that
had seniors pulling hidden-camera tricks. This will turn into a
series on April 4.

– “Saturday Night Live,” 11:29
p.m., NBC. Charles Barkley hosts this rerun, with Kelly Clarkson as
the music guest.