Off the Wall: Going for Olympics gold
Diane WertsDiane Werts
Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was
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OLYMPICS ALL OVER Count down to Friday's start of the London games with tube takes ranging from movies to talk to sitcoms. "Going for the Gold: Olympic Movies" (Saturday night at 7, Reelz) salutes everything from the 1980 hockey miracle to Will Ferrell's glory skate. "Oprah's Next Chapter" (Sunday 8-10 p.m., OWN) sits down with 10 Olympic legends, including Carl Lewis, Mark Spitz, Nadia Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton and Greg Louganis. "Going for Gold: The '48 Games" (Wednesday at 8 p.m., BBC America) is a new movie starring Matt Smith ("Doctor Who") as a historic sculler at the previous London Olympics. Edina and Patsy get the Olympic spirit in a new 20th anniversary episode of "Absolutely Fabulous" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., BBC America/Logo).
WHO STARTED IT? Was it John Cleese's Basil Fawlty or the German guests? They go to war in this week's episode of the classic inn farce "Fawlty Towers" (Saturday night at 8, WNET/13) -- still perhaps the funniest comedy series ever made. Sneak a peek at youtube.com/watch?v=7xnNhzgcWTk.
TV MOVIE MANIA Can it be true -- three (3!) TV movie premieres in one night? Get ready Saturday night for "Soul Food" soul mates Vanessa Williams and Rockmond Dunbar in "Raising Izzie" (7, GMC); Gary Cole and Laura Harris in "An Officer and a Murderer" (8, Lifetime); and Eric Mabius and Kathy Najimy in "How to Fall in Love" (9, Hallmark).
REALITY PREMIERES Wedding days turn evil in "Happily Never After" (Saturday night at 10, ID). A Philly ex-con moves in with his gay-bar-running Hollywood relatives in "In the Big House" (Monday at 10 p.m., Logo). "I'm Having Their Baby" (Monday at 11 p.m., Oxygen) looks at adoption from the perspective of birth mothers making difficult choices. And then there's the "comedic reality" of "WakeBrothers" (Wednesday at 11 and 11:30 p.m., MTV), following wakeboarding sibling stars Phil and Bob Soven. Premiere episode already online at wakebrothers.mtv.com.
AWARDS ALERT "Glee" star Kevin McHale joins Demi Lovato to host the live "Teen Choice 2012" (Sunday 8-10 p.m., Fox/5). Scheduled performances include Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Flo Rida and No Doubt. There's still time to vote, until midnight Saturday night, at teenchoiceawards.com.
SO WHO WINS? Find out in the season finales of "The Bachelorette" (Sunday 8-10 p.m., ABC/7), "Food Network Star" (Sunday at 9 p.m., Food), "American Ninja Warrior" (Monday 8-10 p.m., NBC/4) and "Design Star" (Tuesday at 9 p.m., HGTV).
ERNEST BORGNINE TRIBUTE Another classy remembrance from Turner Classic Movies runs 24 hours starting Thursday morning at 6. Prime time offers "Marty" (Thursday at 9 p.m.) and "From Here to Eternity" (10:45 p.m.), followed by his classic work in "The Wild Bunch" (1 a.m.) and "Bad Day at Black Rock" (3:30 a.m.). Best of all, perhaps, is Borgnine discussing his career with Robert Osborne in "Private Screenings" (8 p.m. and Friday at 5 a.m., all on TCM). Full lineup at tcm.com/schedule.