Is it a leap year? No? Then February is just about over. And so is February sweeps. The networks have stuffed the shortest month full of attention-grabbing programming, and this final week is no exception. Joey finds the guts to tell Rachel how he feels on ”Friends.” Will Smith summons the courage to talk endlessly to that creepy dude on ”Inside the Actors Studio.” Jon Stewart tries to make America giggle at the Grammys. And CBS rolls out another season of the Über-reality show ”Survivor.” With all these goodies to choose from, we’re all winners, really.
FRIDAY, FEB. 22
Lost in Space (Fox, 8 p.m.)
We don’t buy Gary Oldman as Dr. Smith. We don’t like grumpy William Hurt as John Robinson. We’re annoyed by Lacey Chabert as younger daughter Penny. And the new robot? Lame. But we always suspected Judy (Heather Graham) and Major West (Matt LeBlanc) had a little something going on.
TV Moments: Hard Rock (VH1, 9 p.m.)
I love rock & roll, so put another special on VH1, baby. Tonight’s hour delivers live performances from bands like Jethro Tull and Nirvana, exclusive interviews and rare footage… of what, we can only imagine.
Clockwatchers (Bravo, 9 p.m.)
Lisa Kudrow and Parker Posey star as bored temps (duh! what office worker isn’t bored?). Well, Kudrow will never have to temp again, anyway. And Posey, well, she’s no million-dollar-an-episode star, but she IS queen of the indies, and that’s saying something.
Inside TV Land (TV Land, 9 p.m.)
You could go back to college and study history of black actors on TV from ”Amos ‘n’ Andy” to ”The Cosby Show.” Or you could watch this thought-provoking docu. Hmm… 10 years of student loan repayments or an hour of watching the tube. Wait! We’re thinking.
Maybe It’s Me (the WB, 9:30 p.m.)
You know all those kids who sent Tabasco sauce to the WB trying to keep ”Roswell” on the air? To be honest, we never quite got that campaign. But we wish someone would work on keeping this sitcom around. Tonight sloe-eyed country crooner Naomi Judd guests, but slow-witted regular Fred Willard is a much better reason to watch.
Cheers (Nick at Nite, 10 p.m.)
Remember the ”will they, won’t they” thing this show had going? Well in this episode, Diane will… join a convent, that is.
SATURDAY, FEB. 23
Trumpet Awards (TBS, 7 p.m.)
Sidney Poitier was on hand at the Jan. 7 celebration to accept the Living Legend Award. As it happened, cameras were also on hand to capture Poitier’s appearance – along with presenters Gladys Knight and Erykah Badu – for your viewing pleasure.
Behind Closed Doors (A&E, 8 p.m.)
A blond divorcée walks into a Texas firehouse full of firefighters and rescue workers. If this were a movie on the Playboy channel, things would really start heating up from there. But, as this is A&E, know-it-all newsie Joan Lunden suits up and accompanies the firemen to some simulated infernos. So things do heat up. Just in a very different way.
3000 Miles to Graceland (HBO, 8 p.m.)
Kurt Russell does his Elvis impersonation. Only this time, he’s not playing the King, but an actual Elvis impersonator trying to pull off a heist. Kevin Costner costars as another Elvis impersonator. The pitch meeting on this must’ve been a riot.
Leaving Las Vegas (the WB, 8 p.m.)
At first we thought the Frog network seemed like an odd home for this somber Oscar winner starring Nicolas Cage and Elisabeth Shue as really bummed-out Vegas denizens. But then we thought: Dawson and Jen in 20 years, and it made more sense.
The Exorcist (TNT, 8 p.m.)
Call your mom and tell her to watch this really scary, nightmare-inducing horror classic. Then call her when it’s over and say, ”I wasn’t so bad as a teen, now, was I?”