SAG Awards air tonight on TNT, TBS

Published: Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 11:45 p.m.
Poised (if that's the right word) between the Golden Globes and the Oscars in March, "The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards" are a handy pit stop along the highway of show-biz self-promotion.
Simulcast tonight at 8 on the TNT and TBS cable networks, these awards boast how they and no others are selected purely by actors' peers. Two randomly selected panels (one for TV and one for film), each composed of 2,100 SAG members, chose the nominees.
Who will the membership pick as the big winners? Thirteen awards (five film categories and eight in TV) will be bestowed, as well as a Life Achievement Award to Shirley Temple Black.
Presenters include Naveen Andrews, Patricia Arquette, Benjamin Bratt, Marg Helgenberger, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, Ellen Pompeo, SAG President Alan Rosenberg, William Shatner, David Strathairn and Hilary Swank.
In addition, the program will salute the guild's membership with a tribute to commercial actors. It airs live from Los Angeles' Shrine Exposition Center.
Other shows to look out for:
  • Giddyup! Sheryl Crow is among the stars saddling up for Animal Planet's "Trail Mix," a two-hour special highlighting the special bond between some of the music industry's hottest acts and their horses. On location in Austin, Tex., Crow shares her equine passion and explains how horses inspire her art.
    Other artists include former Matchbox Twenty front man Rob Thomas; country music's LeAnn Rimes; Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry; singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter; and Irish tenor Ronan Tyan.
    Shot in high definition, "Trail Mix" is hosted by Broadway star Linda Eder. It premieres tonight at 8.
  • Two foes trapped on an island in remote Africa: Which side will prevail? The National Geographic Channel takes viewers onto a unique battlefield in Botswana's Okavango Delta to witness a fight to the death by highly specialized lions that prey almost exclusively on buffalo in "Relentless Enemies," premiering tonight at 9.
    Shot in high def over a two-year period by the husband-and-wife team of Dereck and Beverly Joubert, "Relentless Enemies" displays unique populations of lions and buffalos that, with nowhere else to go and no other options for survival, have responded to each other with specialized attack strategies and defense tactics. Here is a portrait of a uniquely intertwined relationship between the hunter and hunted, with never a break.
  • TV Land takes a candid look at the role of blacks in American culture and society with "That's What I'm Talking About," a weekly three-part miniseries premiering 10 p.m. Wednesday.
    Each hour, host Wayne Brady engages panelists in a conversation that ranges from segregation to athletics to interracial dating and beyond. In the first installment, actors Diahann Carroll and Harry Belafonte, comedian Paul Mooney and writer Toure discuss influential black films and TV shows. On Feb. 8, the topics are sports, politics and comedy, with filmmakers Spike Lee and John Ridley, comedian Wanda Sykes, civil rights leader Al Sharpton and former NBA player Greg Anthony. And on Feb. 15, comedian D.L. Hughley, actress Nia Long, musician Joey Fatone and reporter Lola Ogunnaike debate the greats of black music and fashion.
  • A real-life "My Fair Lady"? Sundance Channel presents a raucous British reality series, "Ladette to Lady," which charts the transformation of a clutch of foul-mouthed, sexually uninhibited working girls into stylish, well-mannered ladies.
    The five-part weekly series begins as these 10 Ladettes (who include an amateur stripper, gas technician and a South London party girl) are checked into Eggleston Hall, a prim British ladies' finishing school. There, they learn to focus some of their reckless energy into the womanly arts of flower arrangement, elegant cooking and dressmaking.
    Venturing beyond the standard reality show, "Ladette to Lady" gives the viewer a window into the eternal British class struggle - with riotous results. It premieres 9 p.m. Thursday.
    --- Frazier Moore is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. He can be reached at
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