Off the Wall: Honor thy father on TV

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Diane Werts Newsday columnist Diane Werts

Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV

Off the Wall finds TV's duds just as interesting as its hits.

BURN-OFF THEATER Missing Anthony Edwards since the old "ER" doc's latest series went bust after three airings? Seems ABC is burning off unaired episodes of "Zero Hour" (Saturday night at 8 and 9). They're followed by a second-chance airing of the pilot for Alyssa Milano's summer wallow "Mistresses" (Saturday night at 10). Series sites at abc.com/shows.

AWARDS ALERT Soaps may be sagging on the networks, but they still provide the star power of the "40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards" (Sunday 8-10p.m., HLN). The ceremony beams live from the Beverly Hilton, same site as the Golden Globes. Other niche categories honor children's TV, game shows, culinary programs, court shows and more. See emmyonline.org/daytime.

FATHER'S DAY FUN Because, really, where could you possibly find better parenting than "Two and a Half Men" (Sunday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., FX)? I dunno, maybe Michael Keaton's movie "Mr. Mom" (Sunday, continuous showings 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Encore Family)? OK, let's get serious. One of TV's best paternal portrayals ever is Chuck Connors' Western widowed dad in the vintage half-hour "The Rifleman" (Saturday 6-9:30 a.m., AMC). And this week's family showcase title on "Essentials Jr." is the movie classic "To Kill a Mockingbird" (Sunday 8 p.m., TCM), starring Gregory Peck as strong single father (civil-rights justice crusader) Atticus Finch. Watch with your kids. More at tcm.com/essentialsjr.

GOOD TO GRILL Here's one cooking show almost all dads should be good with. "Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction" (Sunday at 11:30 a.m., Food) starts another season teaching mastery of outdoor eats. Grab recipes for beer-simmered bratwurst and more at bit.ly/15Xu15p.

SPACE ANIMATION What else but "Futurama" (9 p.m. Sunday-4 a.m. Sunday, Comedy Central)? After the marathon, Matt Groening's madcap spacecom starts its final season (Wednesday at 10 and 10:30 p.m.). More at comedycentral.com.

BLOOD BASH DOGGIE! That's our mashup for this week's returning series faves. "True Blood" (Sunday at 9 p.m., HBO) is the marquee item, starting its sixth season with Bill doing bad, bad things. "Franklin & Bash" (Wednesday at 9 p.m., TNT) is back, too, adding Heather Locklear for season 3. If you're looking for laughs, TV Land starts the summer season of "Hot in Cleveland" (Wednesday at 10 p.m.) with a live episode, followed by the returns of "The Exes" (10:30 p.m.) and "The Soul Man" (11 p.m.). Then we get more "Wilfred" (Thursday at 10 and 10:30 p.m., FX), where poor Elijah Wood is once again beset by Jason Gann's bad, bad dog. If you're into the FX version, catch Gann's original Down Under series of the same name at hulu.com/wilfred-australia.

FUSE GETS SCRIPTED The music cabler premieres a half-hour dramedy about making it in hip-hop. "The Hustle" (Wednesday at 11p.m., Fuse) casts Y'lan Noel and London Brown as a Brooklyn rap duo struggling with fame and fandom. Meet the cast at fuse.tv/thehustle.

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