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Sunday, September 14, 2003

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

"Dead Like Me" (10 p.m. Friday, Showtime): Teenage Georgia "George" Lass (Ellen Muth) dies when she's hit by a falling piece of space debris. In death, she becomes a grim reaper, who removes the souls of people who are about to die. The reaper team is headed by Rube (Mandy Patinkin), and the reapers still move in the physical world and are forced to take jobs (George works for a temp agency).

"Joan of Arcadia" (8 p.m. Sept. 26, CBS): After her jock brother is paralyzed in an accident, God begins speaking directly to Joan Girardi (Amber Tamblyn) through other people.

"Wonderfalls" (early 2004, Fox): Inanimate objects in a Niagara Falls gift shop begin talking to a young woman (Caroline Dhavernas), encouraging her to do things that end up helping people.

"Carnivale" (9:30 tonight, HBO): A young ex-con (Nick Stahl) with healing powers joins a carnival as it travels through the Dust Bowl in 1934. A Methodist minister (Clancy Brown) reaches out to immigrant workers in Mintern, Calif., but he may be the devil's minion.

"Tru Calling" (8 p.m. Oct. 30, Fox): Corpses that experience unnatural deaths begin to chat with morgue attendant Tru Davies (Eliza Dushku), who develops the ability to relive her day and prevent their demise.

"Still Life" (early 2004, Fox): The dead son (Bryce Johnson) in a family narrates this drama a year after his departure from the earthly plane. David Keith and Susanna Thompson ("Once and Again") play the young man's parents.


Rob Owen can be reached at rowen@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2582. Post questions or comments to www.post-gazette.com/tv under TV Forum.

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