Tom Cruise is The Last SamuraiWhat we're watching: Tom Cruise spent two years prepping for "The Last Samurai"; tonight on HBO-HD you can see if the legwork paid off. The film did score several Oscar nominations and the visual landscapes make for good use of your widescreen. Tune in at 8 p.m. for a 1080i viewing of the 2003 flick.

If you've previously missed "The Fifth Element", this is about your fifth chance over the past few months to tune in on TNT-HD. Many folks swear by this one in high-def and even the movie was just so-so, we have to agree from an HD standpoint. Check it out in 1080i at 8 p.m. if you prefer Bruce Willis over Tom Cruise.

Here are some other HDTV programs showing on selected networks today. All times are Eastern and reruns are in italics:

ABC (720p): In Justice (9 p.m.)

CBS (1080i): Ghost Whisperer (8 p.m.), Close to Home (9 p.m.), NUMB3RS (10 p.m.). The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35 p.m.)

NBC (1080i):
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35 p.m.)

Fox (720p):
Bernie Mac (8 p.m.), Bernie Mac (8:30 p.m.)

WB (1080i):
What I Like About You (8 p.m.), Living with Fran (8:30 p.m.), Reba (9 p.m.), Twins (9:30 p.m.)

Discovery-HD (1080i):
Buggin' with Ruud (6 p.m.), Glacial Meltdown (7 p.m.), Proms 2004: Last Night of the Proms (8, 9:30 & 11 p.m.)

ESPN-HD (720p):
SportsCenter (6 p.m.), NBA Shootaround (7:30 p.m.), NBA Basketball: Pistons at 76ers (8 p.m.)

INHD (1080i):
The A List: High School Basketball (6 p.m.), Boxing: David Tua vs. Cisse Salef (8 p.m.), 2005 World Series Recap (11:30 p.m.)
 
INHD2 (1080i):
Twilight Zone #28 (7:30 p.m.), Stormchasers [IMAX] (8 p.m.), Maroon 5: Live Friday the 13th (9 p.m.), Whale Mission (10 p.m.), INHD to the MAX #22 (11 p.m.)

HBO-HD (1080i) Shark Tale (5:30 p.m.), The Last Samurai (8 p.m.), Deadwood (11:15 p.m.)

Showtime-HD
(1080i):
  Tombstone (6:35 p.m.), Sleeper Cell (9 p.m.), Masters of Horror (10 p.m.)

TNT-HD (1080i):
Charmed (6 p.m.), Law & Order (7 p.m.), The Fifth Element (8 p.m.), The 6th Day (10:30 p.m.)

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