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Jan 1: What's on HDTV today

Kevin C. Tofel

What we're watching
It's pick a movie night; two are so-so (but good for HD) and one is an Oscar winner. For the "thin-plot, thick-HD" you can choose between "Sphere" on HDNet Movies at 7:45 p.m in 1080i or "Vertical Limit" on Fox at 8 p.m. in 720p. I've seen both of these and while they would be good for a high-def set, I'll go with the Oscar Winner. "Ray" won two Oscars and I haven't seen it yet. Jamie Foxx won accolades for his uncanny realistic portrayal of Ray Charles, so he gets my vote. I'll tune in to HBO-HD for "Ray" at 6:15 p.m. in 1080i.

Don't forget that "In Justice" premieres tonight on ABC at 10 p.m. in 720p. This looks like a real tear-jerker of a show, but could be a solid mid-season kickoff.

After the jump is our traditional listing of HD programs throughout the night.

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

ABC (720p): Desperate Housewives: All the Juicy Details (9 p.m.), In Justice (10 p.m.)

CBS (1080i): Cold Case (8 p.m.). Surrender Dorothy (9 p.m.)

NBC (1080i): Law & Order: Criminal Intent (8 & 9 p.m.), Crossing Jordan (10 p.m.)

Fox (720p): Vertical Limit (8 p.m.)

UPN (1080i): Veronica Mars (7 p.m.)

WB (1080i): What I Like About You (6 p.m.), Twins (6:30 p.m.), Supernatural (9 p.m.)

Discovery-HD (1080i):
Equator: Power of an Ocean (6 p.m.), Equator: Battle for the Light (7 p.m.), Rides (9 p.m.)

ESPN-HD (720p): SportsCenter (7 p.m.), NFL Primetime (7:30 p.m.), NFL Football: Rams at Cowboys (8 p.m.), SportsCenter (11:30 p.m.)

HBO-HD (1080i): Ray (6:15 p.m.), The Sopranos (9 p.m.), Deadwood (10 p.m.), The Phantom of the Opera (11 p.m.)

HDNet (1080i):Son Volt Live - Okemah & the Melody of Riot (7:05 p.m.), MuchMusic Video Awards - The Performances (8:30 p.m.), Sheryl Crow: C'mon America (9:20 p.m.), Night in the Life of Matchbox Twenty (10:20 p.m.)

Showtime-HD (1080i):
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (7:30 p.m.), Uptown Girls (9:30 p.m.) The L Word (11 p.m.)

TNT-HD (1080i):
Law & Order (6, 7, 8, 9, & 10 p.m.), Las Vegas (11 p.m.)

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