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TV: Five shows worth watching tonight: March 21

A select viewing guide for Wednesday, March 21

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COMEDY Bent NBC, 9 p.m. ET/PT It's not quite a vote of confidence from the network when your new comedy series launches mid-March. And it's on opposite Modern Family. Booked for a doomed six-week run, this sitcom stars the exotic-looking Amanda Peet as Alex, a recently divorced lawyer with a 10-year-old daughter and a new smaller house. To renovate her kitchen, she hires the roguish contractor Pete (David Walton) who is addicted to women and gambling. Thrown into the mix is Pete's beatnik dad (Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor) and Alex's slutty sister (Margo Harshman). If the two main characters aren't sleeping together by the third show, they'll have missed their chance.

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DRAMA CSI CBS, CTV, 10 p.m. ET/PT Hey, remember when CSI used to specialize in grisly crime scenes in really unlikely locales, like at a fetish club or LARP event and the like? Tonight's new episode is a throwback of sorts because lab boss D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) brings his test-tube monkeys to investigate a robbery-homicide that took place at an Alice in Wonderland-themed wedding. In other news, the trace tech Hodges (Wallace Langham) freaks out over a looming visit from his mother, who is played by former Charlie's Angels original Jaclyn Smith.

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MOVIE Garden State Vision, midnight ET; 9 p.m. PT The darling entry of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, this comedy-drama was written and directed by Zach Braff, whom most people will know from his six seasons on the TV comedy Scrubs. Braff also assumed the lead role of Andrew, a twentysomething actor/waiter who returns to his hometown in New Jersey to attend his mother's funeral. While trying to wean himself off anti-depressants, Andrew reunites with old friends and lost loves and meets the winsome Sam (Natalie Portman). The British actor Ian Holm delivers a typically brisk performance as Andrew's psychiatrist father.

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