What's it like to have Alzheimer's disease? What are the affects, not only on the victim, but on the victim's family?
That's the focus of tonight's KSL-TV special Remember Me (9:30 p.m., Ch. 5).This locally produced show, hosted by Shelley Thomas, tells the stories of three victims of this debilitating disease and their loved ones.
The increasingly devastating affects of the disease are illustrated by a 10-year history of one victim. Dr. Dan Christensen of the Western Institute of Neuropsychiatry made a video record of the man from the time he was diagnosed until his recent death.
The second segment involves a woman and the sacrifices she's making to care for her Alzheimer's-stricken mother.
The third segment relates the struggles of a prominent physician suffering with the disease. He's confined to a full-time care facility, but believes he's the doctor caring for the other patients.
This documentary knocks "His & Hers" off the schedule, and is certainly a better use of the half hour, anyway.
ALL THAT JAZZ: KSL isn't the only one pre-empting network programming tonight. KUTV is bumping "My Two Dads" to present Off-Court Confidential (7 p.m., Ch. 2), a look at Utah Jazz players from the personal side.
It might even be the first time you've seen them wearing long pants.
The show spotlights four Jazzmen - Karl Malone, Mark Eaton, Thurl Bailey, Blue Edwards and Darryl Griffith.
Bill Marcroft will host the half-hour show, replacing a laryngitis-stricken Dave Fox.
-ELSEWHERE ON THE TUBE TONIGHT: The good news is that you can find first-run shows to watch throughout prime time tonight. The bad news is, some of those shows aren't worth watching.
Tuning in at 7:30 isn't going to be very profitable. You have the mediocre sitcom Sydney (Ch. 5) - making a special appearance outside its regular Wednesday slot - and the really bad sitcom Working Girl (Ch. 2).
At 8 p.m., there's two first-run shows that have recently moved from other nights. ABC has China Beach (Ch. 4) and NBC has Hunter (Ch. 2).
Two new series check in with new installments at 9 p.m.; Shannon finally gets a paying client on Shannon's Deal (Ch. 2) and one of the reporters witnesses a murder on Capital News (Ch. 4). (I'm very grateful this never happened to me when I was a police reporter.)
KUED is showing Fredrick Wiseman's three-hour cinema-verite portrait of Central Park (9 p.m., Ch. 7).
-LOOKING TOWARD TUESDAY: Schoolbreak Special (3 p.m., Ch. 5) shows "Malcolm Takes a Shot," about a high school basketball star who learns he has epilepsy. Originally scheduled for March 6, this show was postponed after Loyola-Marymount star Hank Gathers collapsed and died during a game; New & Improved Kids (7 p.m., Ch. 5) provides lessons in how to raise your children; the miniseries Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (7 p.m., USA) begins; Ted Koppel and Co. celebrate 10 years on the air with the Best of Nightline (9 p.m., Ch. 4).
ANONYMOUS QUOTE OF THE DAY: KUTV staffer, commenting on Dave Fox's sudden loss of his voice: "We're very relieved, actually."