TV highlights (and lowlights) for the week
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Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was
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SORRY, NO BRUCE LEE
That listing you see is for the 1940 movie series "The Green Hornet" (Saturday at noon, Turner Classic Movies), not the '60s tubefest with Lee. The 13 chapters starting Saturday have their Kato in Keye Luke, familiar as the movie Charlie Chan's No. 1 son and TV's Master Po of "Kung Fu." Watch online at archive.org/details/quigs.
EVERYBODY GOES OLYMPIC
Cable keeps trying to cash in on our (supposed) mania for the London Olympics. "The Dog Whisperer" (tonight at 8, NatGeo Wild) starts its final season with Cesar Millan in London. Also in England is "Ghost Adventures" (Friday at 9 p.m., Syfy). Keep tabs on pre-Olympics coverage at nbcolympics.com.
ANDY GRIFFITH TRIBUTE
TV Land continues honoring the late star this weekend with more marathons of "The Andy Griffith Show" (today and tomorrow 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; regular airings noon and 12:30 p.m. weekdays). Also catch airings of Griffith's later legal whodunit "Matlock" (weekdays at 6 and 7 a.m., Hallmark Movie Channel). Episodes online at tvland.com/shows/andy-griffith-show/full-episodes.
These debuts are insane! Travel Channel alone launches four new series tomorrow: "Mega Mansions" (7 p.m.), "Xtreme Waterparks" (8 p.m.), "Insane Coaster Wars" (9 p.m.) and "RV Kings" (10 p.m.). Among the other shows starting up: "United States of Food" (tomorrow at 10 p.m., Destination America); "Infamous Assassinations" (Monday at 10 p.m., Military); "Beverly Hills Nannies" (Wednesday at 9 p.m., ABC Family); "Dates From Hell" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., ID); the antiques competition "Picked Off" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., History), and the luxury vacation series "Top Spot" (Thursday at 10 p.m., Travel). Plus, look for ex-Met Jose Reyes in "The Franchise: A Season With the Miami Marlins" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., Showtime).
GREAT GUEST LIST
Imagine this dinner party: Joan Rivers, Serena Williams, Brandy. They're all on this week's "Drop Dead Diva" (tomorrow at 9 p.m., Lifetime), with Rivers returning July 29, too. More at mylifetime.com/shows/drop-dead-diva.
DARKNESS? WHAT'S THAT?
We hardly know here on the East Coast where ambient electric light blocks out nearly all the stars at night. "The City Dark" (Sunday at 10:30 p.m., PBS/13) explores what this means for us and our environment. It's this week's "POV" documentary. Video at pbs.org/pov.
This time it's E! that's promising to spice up its image as your pop-culture source. Check out the new look Monday with the premiere of "Opening Act" (10 p.m.), in which "American Idol"/"So You Think You Can Dance" maven Nigel Lythgoe coaches Web acts to perform with superstars. Previews at eonline.com/openingact.
Say it isn't so! The last episode of "Hip Hop Squares" (Tuesday at 11 p.m., MTV2)! Be there, and be square, with game players Nick Cannon, Angie Martinez, Fat Joe, Ghostface Killah and others. Show page at hiphopsquares.mtv.com.
TRANSGENDER CONTRACT KILLER
Makes you wish you had DirecTV, doesn't it? Guess we'll have to wait for the DVD of "Hit and Miss" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., DirecTV Audience Network), a new drama starring Chloë Sevigny as a transgender assassin who discovers she's a dad. (Tune in early for the final season of the Glenn Close series "Damages" at 9.) Sevigny discusses the role at tinyurl.com/7qkgpma.