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Off the Wall: 'Space Twister' blows in

Salli Richardson-Whitfield as Allison Blake, Colin Ferguson as

Salli Richardson-Whitfield as Allison Blake, Colin Ferguson as Sheriff Jack Carter in "Eureka." Photo Credit: Syfy

Off the Wall welcomes you to the May sweeps.

GENRE STARS NEVER DIE. They just fade into Syfy flicks. The latest original premiere, "Space Twister" (Saturday night at 9, Syfy), features "Eureka" regular Erica Cerra and "X-Files"/"Stargate Atlantis"/"Supernatural" fave Mitch Pileggi. Video online at syfy.com/movies.

SEASON FINALES Now that Nielsen's crucial May diary recording period has started (last Thursday), shows are wrapping up their current runs for that ratings bump. Final originals of the season this week include "The Good Wife" (Sunday at 9 p.m., CBS) and "Fringe" (two-parter Friday and May 11 at 9 p.m., Fox/5). Cable has a two-hour season-ender of "Breakout Kings" (Sunday 9-11 p.m., A&E). Catch up to the con at aetv.com/breakout kings.

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH Or as close as we can get. "James Cameron: Voyage to the Bottom of the Earth" (Sunday at 9 p.m., encore at 9:30 p.m., NatGeo) follows the director of "Titanic" and "Avatar" nearly seven miles down in the Pacific Ocean's Challenger Deep, charting last month's record-setting expedition. More at natgeotv.com.

AWARDS ALERT They might more accurately call it the TV Land Honors, but fans seem happy enough with the name "TV Land Awards" (Sunday 9-10:30 p.m., TV Land). Kelly Ripa hosts the 10th annual soiree, featuring cast reunions from honored shows "Murphy Brown" (Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, etc.), "Laverne & Shirley" (Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, Michael McKean, David Lander), "One Day at a Time" (Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Bertinelli, Mackenzie Phillips, etc.), and "In Living Color" (Jim Carrey, Carrie Ann Inaba, David Alan Grier, Keenen Ivory Wayans, etc.). Plus! Pee-wee Herman! Aretha Franklin! More! Stay tuned for 10:30's backstage special. Big fun at awards.tvland.com.

SERIES PREMIERES Yes, there is indeed a TV competition for everything, now that we have "Machines of Glory" (tomorrow at 10 p.m., Discovery), in which heavy machine operators on construction sites try to best each other on excavators, backhoes and skid steers. Too bad it debuts at the same time as "My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding" (Sunday at 10 p.m., TLC), visiting bling-crazed celebrations where gypsy teens take partners. "The Pitch" (Monday at 9 and 10 p.m., AMC) officially premieres with a new episode featuring ad agencies competing to market Waste Management, followed at the series' regular time of 10 by an encore of the Subway sneak peek from earlier this month. The hidden camera show "Money From Strangers" (Monday at 10:30 p.m., MTV) arrives following 10 p.m.'s season return of Rob Dyrdek's "Ridiculousness" with Justin Bieber. And then there's the culinary competition "My Momma Throws Down" (Friday at 8 p.m., TV One), hosted by comic Ralph Harris and featuring as premiere guests TV's "Soul Food" sisters Nicole Ari Parker, Malinda Williams and Vanessa Williams.

MOVIE MANIA Hollywood treats on tap this month at Turner Classic Movies include Wednesday-into-Thursday overnight salutes to actor Joel McCrea, starting with his much-imitated screwball sparklers from writer-director Preston Sturges, "Sullivan's Travels" and "The Palm Beach Story" (Wednesday at 8 and 9:45 p.m., TCM). Also in May: true crime Thursdays, kicked off with the still-chilling '60s docudrama "In Cold Blood" (Thursday at 8 p.m.), followed by Tony Curtis as "The Boston Strangler" (10:30 p.m., both Thursday on TCM). Much more at tcm.com/this-month.

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