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Off the Wall: Andy Griffith tributes

Actor Andy Griffith in his uniform as Sheriff

Actor Andy Griffith in his uniform as Sheriff Andy Taylor on, “The Andy Griffith Show,” in the late 1960s. Griffith died July 3, 2012, according to various media reports. He was 86. Newsday's obituary for Andy Griffith
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Off the Wall still misses Andy Griffith.

FEATURING ANDY GRIFFITH Continuing to honor the late actor, there's a weekend marathon of Griffith's legal-sleuth hour "Matlock" (Saturday 10 a.m.-Sunday 6 a.m., Hallmark Movie Channel). Then, Turner Classic Movies stacks four of Griffith's best feature films Wednesday night -- his early high-voltage fame drama "A Face in the Crowd" (8 p.m.), his stage triumph "No Time for Sergeants" (10:15 p.m.), Jeff Bridges' underrated inside-Hollywood saga "Hearts of the West" (12:30 a.m.), and the Coast Guard comedy "Onionhead" (2:15 a.m., all Wednesday night on TCM). Get more Griffith online at

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER San Diego's big Comic-Con wraps up this weekend. But you can still get in on the pop culture buzz in four hours of "Comic-Con 2012 Live" (Saturday 4-8 p.m., G4). Check in online at

BIG BAD TV NIGHT That would be Sunday's scripted bounty -- a stunning final season of "Breaking Bad" (10 p.m., AMC), Sigourney Weaver's new power-family saga "Political Animals" (10 p.m., USA), and fresh episodes of Timothy Hutton's "Leverage" (8 p.m., TNT). There's even a new animated offering from Adult Swim, the blaxploitation/comic craziness of "Black Dynamite" (11:30 p.m., Cartoon Network). Preview at

ROMANCE NOVELS RUN RAMPANT. This week's "POV" documentary visits five people whose real lives are dominated by the fantasy of their "Guilty Pleasures" (Sunday at 10:30 p.m., PBS/13) -- those Harlequin romance novels. Even women in Japan, India and England fall under the spell here, as we also meet authors and cover models. Trailer at

UNSCRIPTED PREMIERES They just keep on comin' -- "Small Town Security" (Sunday at 11 p.m., AMC) follows a family firm in Georgia. "Market Warriors" (Monday at 9 p.m., PBS/13) spins off "Antiques Roadshow," following pickers hunting treasure around the country. "American Gypsies" (Tuesday at 9 p.m., NatGeo), produced by L.I.'s own Ralph Macchio, includes a Manhattan businessman, a rival-dating daughter and a psychic grandma. "Mama Drama" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., VH1) forces daughters to live with their mothers. "Great Lake Warriors" (Thursday at 10 p.m., History) tracks tugboat men. "Super Saver Showdown" (Friday at 9 p.m., OWN) pits bargain hunters competing with deals and coupons. "3 Days to Open With Bobby Flay" (Friday at 10 p.m., Food) finds the chef racing to rescue flailing eateries.

THE MIND BEHIND "HUGO" Martin Scorsese's recent movie isn't just a mystery about early filmmaker George Melies, it's also a celebration. Here's why. "The Films of Georges Melies" (Sunday night at midnight, TCM) collects Melies' still-delightful film shorts from the dawn of the movies a century ago. Among the historic titles filled with ingenious special effects and magical wonder is his iconic rocket-in-the-eye gem "A Trip to the Moon," which Melies explains at /Films-of-Georges-Melies-The/articles.html.

AWARDS ALERT Live from Miami, it's the ninth edition of "Premios Juventud" (Thursday at 8 p.m., Univision/41), honoring fans' youthful faves voted online. Recent "Dancing With the Stars" hottie William Levy co-hosts alongside "That '70s Show" star Wilmer Valderrama, with performances by Pitbull, Flo Rida and others. More at

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