Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV
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SERIES PREMIERES Looks like unscripted shows are trying to get going before fall's scripted series. "Raiders of the Lost Art" (Saturday night at 7, Ovation) delves into disappearances of famous paintings. "Tattoo Nightmares Miami" (Tuesday at 11 p.m., Spike) seems self-explanatory. "Dead on Arrival" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., ID) tracks innocent kids to the big-bad-fatal big city. "Secret Guide to Fabulous" (Wednesday at 11 p.m., Logo), from producers Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, blends makeovers with workouts with party tips.
FALL SEASON PREVIEWS Curious about the networks' new shows? Check out "NBC Primetime Preview Show" (Saturday night at 7, WNBC/4; Saturday night at 8:30 p.m., CNBC) and "CBS Fall Preview" (Monday at 8:30 p.m., CBS/2).
SEASON FINALES They're done, for now at least -- "Falling Skies" (Sunday at 9 p.m., TNT), "Mistresses" (Monday at 10 p.m., ABC/7), and "Royal Pains" (Tuesday at 9 p.m., USA; after marathon Sunday 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Cloo).
SURVIVAL WEEK The Weather Channel kicks off National Preparedness Month this week, in segments on "Wake Up With Al" (weekdays 5:30-7 a.m.) and "AMHQ With Sam Champion" (weekdays 7-10 a.m.), as well as prime-time shows like "So You Think You'd Survive?" (tomorrow at 8 and 9 p.m., Friday 8 p.m.-midnight) and "Weather Caught on Camera" (Tuesday-Wednesday at 8 p.m.). More at weather.com/tv
MODERN MOVIES By that, we mean anything post-'70s, with a frank attitude. That would include "blaxploitation" influencers "Superfly" and "Shaft" (Sunday at 8 and 10 p.m., Sundance). Also Sylvester Stallone venge-fests "First Blood," "Rambo" and "Rambo III" (Monday 12:30-7 p.m., again 7 p.m.-1:30 a.m., AMC). And, of course, all three films that make up "The Matrix" (Sunday 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Syfy; Thursday 8 p.m.-5 a.m., AMC). Plus, Stephen King stories run on Encore nightly all month, starting with Steven Weber's 1997 miniseries "The Shining" (Monday-Wednesday at 8 p.m., Encore).
VINTAGE FLICKS September on Turner Classic Movies spotlights the Jewish experience on film (Tuesday nights, starting with the 1927 and 1953 versions of "The Jazz Singer," 8 and 9:45 p.m.), along with star of the month Melvyn Douglas (Wednesday nights, starting with "Being There" at 8 p.m.), tcm.com/this-month