Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV
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MOVIE MANIA Kurt Russell is Encore's star of the day in five straight flicks, starting with the Olympic hockey drama "Miracle" (Saturday at 3:30 p.m.). Eleanor Parker is the star of the month for Turner Classic Movies on Monday nights, starting with World War II-era titles like "Busses Roar" (8 p.m.) and "Mission to Moscow" (1 a.m.). Catch all three films in the continuing tale of "Jurassic Park" (Tuesday 5:50-11:50 p.m., Encore). And then it's moody film noir in TCM's June Friday Night Spotlight. First up: writer Dashiell Hammett, as told by Humphrey Bogart in "The Maltese Falcon" (Friday at 8 p.m., TCM). More at tcm.com.
WHAT'S NEW, BACHARACH? "What's New Pussycat?" was his. So were "Walk on By," "The Look of Love," "Close to You," "That's What Friends Are For" and dozens of other '50s-'80s hits. Now the archival special "Burt Bacharach's Best" (Saturday night at 8, WLIW/21; Sunday at 7, WNET/13) compiles vintage footage of the original artists performing the composer's songs. In order of titles above, that would be Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Dusty Springfield, The Carpenters, and Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder. Preview Warwick, Bacharach, Springfield at goo.gl/Lr3dC.
SEASON FINALES Scripted series wrapping their seasons this week include "Orphan Black" (Saturday night at 9, BBC America) and "DaVinci's Demons" (Friday at 9 p.m., Starz). There's also the series conclusion of "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" (Monday at 8 p.m., ABC Family). Watch recent episodes online at abcfamily.com/secretlife.
FAMILY CINEMA Back for the summer is Turner Classic Movies' Essentials Jr. franchise of films for parents and kids to watch together on Sunday nights, hosted by "Saturday Night Live's" Bill Hader. First up: Danny Kaye's 1956 color musical "The Court Jester" (Sunday night at 8). Details at tcm.com/essentials-jr.
AWARDS ALERT Jason Aldean and Kristen Bell host this year's "CMA Music Awards" (Wednesday 8-10:30 p.m., CMT), with performances by Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line and many more. Details at cmt.com.
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