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Off the Wall: Aliens invade Fox Movie Channel

Off the Wall never minds feeling alien-ated.


ALIEN DAY Pour yourself some sour milk to savor one of TV's coolest futuristic series, along with the theatrical film that inspired it. Leading up to Saturday night's prime-time showcase of the 1988 movie "Alien Nation" (8, 10 and midnight, Fox Movie Channel) - starring James Caan as a hard-boiled cop and Mandy Patinkin as his new partner, one of the peculiar-palate alien "Newcomers" who has resettled on Earth - there's a marathon of the five TV movies spun out of Fox's 1989 TV series, starting with "Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy" (Saturday at 6 a.m., FMC). Full lineup at foxmoviechannel.com/schedule.


PAUL NEWMAN RIDES WEST When you think Newman, you don't necessarily think "Western." But he did play gunslinger, bank robber and other Old West roles in five diverse flicks screening Saturday on Encore Westerns - "The Left-Handed Gun" (2:30 p.m.) with Newman as Billy the Kid, "Hombre" (4:20 p.m.), "Pocket Money" (6:15 p.m.), his Robert Redford pairing in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" (8 p.m.) and Robert Altman's odd "Buffalo Bill and the Indians" (10 p.m.). More at encoretv.com.


COMIC-CON COVERAGE Four hours beam live from the San Diego movie-TV-comics-fantasy extravaganza that concludes this weekend. "Comic-Con '10" (Saturday 3-7 p.m., G4) distills the celebrity panels, crazy costumes and other wildness from the annual convention that draws more than 150,000 pop-culture fans. Olivia Munn and Kevin Pereira host. Tons more fun at g4tv.com/comiccon.


SCRIPTED SHOWS COMING BACK These are worth watching. "Being Human" (Saturday at 10 p.m., BBC America) follows the daily dramas of three British 20-something roommates, who happen to be a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost. "Mad Men" (Sunday at 10 p.m., AMC) moves further into the 1960s in ad man Don Draper's orbit. "My Boys" (Sunday at 10 and 10:30 p.m., TBS) catches up with Jordana Spiro's funky Chicago sportswriter and her assorted guy friends, after a catch-up marathon Saturday (12:30-3:30 p.m.). Sneak peek at tbs.com/myboys.


MUSIC MANIA Rock out all week long. "Sucker Free Summit" (Sunday at noon and 11 p.m., MTV2) celebrates the best in hip-hop. "American Masters" encores "Neil Young: Don't Be Denied" (Sunday at 10:30 p.m., WNET/13). This week's Artist Takeover Monday on fuse spotlights "Eminem" (Monday 11 a.m.-6 a.m.), while the latest live show is "Maroon 5 Live From the Beacon Theatre" (Tuesday at 9 p.m., fuse). Last month's White House concert gets aired as "Paul McCartney: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song" (Wednesday at 8 p.m., PBS/13). "American Idol" fave Jason Castro makes a soap stop at "The Bold and the Beautiful" (July 29 and 30 at 1:30 p.m., CBS/2). Corinne Bailey Rae performs at the Hiro Ballroom on this week's "Live From the Artists Den" (July 30 at 9:30 p.m., WNET/13). Go sucker free at suckerfree.mtv2.com.

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