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HDTV Listings for February 28, 2006

Kevin C. Tofel

What we're watching: We're in the "American Idol" homestretch of sorts as tonight is the moment of truth for the ten female semi-finalists. We use the term "homestretch" loosely because Idol just seems to drag on and on, no? Catch the songbirds at 8 p.m. on Fox in 720p. If you're already Idol'd out, you can skip over to CBS for "NCIS" instead since that's a new ep. We like this show in the 1080i format at 8 p.m. as visually, it often competes with "CSI", but tends to be a bit funnier.

Our traditional high-def listings continue below.

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

ABC (720p): According to Jim (8 p.m.), Rodney (8:30 p.m.), According to Jim (9 p.m.), George Lopez (9:30 p.m.), Boston Legal (10 p.m.)

CBS (1080i):  NCIS (8 p.m.), How I Met Your Mother (8:30 p.m.), The Late Show with David Letterman (11:35 p.m.)

NBC (1080i):  Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (10 p.m.), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (11:35 p.m.)

Fox (720p): American Idol (8 p.m.), War at Home (9:30 p.m.)

UPN (1080i): Girlfriends (9 p.m.), Half and Half (9:30 p.m.)

WB (1080i): Gilmore Girls (8 p.m.), Supernatural (9 p.m.)

Discovery-HD (1080i): Roush Racing: Driver X (6 p.m.), Wild Nights (7 p.m.), Desert Speaks (8, 8:30, 11 & 11:30 p.m.), HD Getaways (9 & 9:30 p.m.), Fantastic Festivals of the World (10 p.m.)

ESPN-HD (720p): SportsCenter (6 & 11 p.m.), College Basketball: Illinois at Minnesota (9 p.m.)

INHD (1080i): Ramada Express International Rally (7:30 p.m.), NBA Basketball: Timberwolves at Bulls (8:30 p.m.),

INHD2 (1080i): Go! Tricked out Rides (8 p.m.), Lifestyles of the Great American Boater #2 (8:30 p.m.), Encounter in the Third Dimension (9 p.m.), Mother, Jugs and Speed (10 p.m.)

HBO-HD (1080i): Love and Death on Long Island (6:15 p.m.), Mrs. Harris (8 p.m.), Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (9:45 p.m.)

Showtime-HD (1080i):  The Cookout (7 p.m.), Walking Tall (8:30 p.m.), Sleeper Cell (10 p.m.)

TNT-HD (1080i): Charmed (6 p.m.), Law & Order (7, 8, & 9 p.m.), The Equalizer (10 p.m.), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (11 p.m.)

Universal-HD (1080i): Quantum Leap (6 p.m.), Knight Rider (7 p.m.), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (8 & 11 p.m.), Medical  Investigation (9 p.m.),  The Equalizer (10 p.m.)

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