Get back

Bitty Schram, left, may not have the cachet of past guest stars on "Monk" (8 p.m. today, USA), but die-hard fans will be delighted to see her reprise her role as Sharona, the detective's original assistant. The rivalry with her replacement, played with less brittleness by Traylor Howard, is at the heart of an otherwise mediocre case revolving around a golf course. The series ends its eight-season run in December.

We can work it out

Dick Wolf, right, a man unafraid of hyperbole, says the latest episode of "Law & Order" (7 p.m. today, KARE, Ch. 11) is the most controversial since the show's first season. Hard to argue with him since the subject is abortion and the tension threatens one long-standing partnership.

Michelle in the hot seat

There's a lot to criticize about "The Jay Leno Show" (9 p.m. today, KARE, Ch. 11), most notably the car-race-to-sleepsville and the usually lame comedy bits, but I get a kick of the "10 at 10" segment, which forces celebrities to answer unorthodox questions, leaving little time to promote their latest deadly dull project. First Lady Michelle Obama, pictured, is the next to take the hot seat.



A movie that consists of little more than diplomats sitting around a table may sound like some sort of torture procedure, but "Endgame" (8 p.m. Sunday, KTCA, Ch. 2) is downright riveting thanks to the subject -- the end of apartheid in South Africa -- and the actors: William Hurt, Jonny Lee Miller and Chiwetel Ejiofor (pictured), who don't need special effects and firearms to create cackling tension.