Get your British "gleek" on. If you're in Glee withdrawal, check out the real deal: BBC America's The Choir, an enthralling 13-part docu-series that puts the tuneful spotlight on an adorably boyish choirmaster, Gareth Malone. On a mission to introduce classical music to worlds where R&B and rap reign supreme...
"In this job, there's no such thing as no such thing."
That clever quip gives us summer Syfy in a nutshell. As spoken by Warehouse 13's glib Secret Service hero Pete Lattimer (the genial Eddie McClintock) to his foxy partner Mika Bering (Joanne Kelly) while both are plastered to a Victorian ceiling by some anti-gravity device or other, we are served the fantastic with a side order of whimsy, with very little ever taken seriously...
THE GOLDEN GIRLS—THE BEST OF BETTY WHITE
(Monday, 9 am/8c, Hallmark) Betty-mania continues with this daylong marathon of classic Golden Girls episodes that come out smelling like a rose...
AMERICA CELEBRATES JULY 4th AT FORD'S THEATRE
(Friday, 9/8c, ABC) Modern Family breakout star Ty Burrell hosts the annual gala event at the historic Washington, D.C., theater, with the Obamas in attendance and an eclectic roster of performances from Kelly Clarkson, Renee Fleming, Lionel Richie, George Lopez and, from Broadway, Memphis star Montego Glover and Mary Poppins' Laura Michelle Kelly and Gavin Lee...
Denis Leary, Louis CK
If you're the sort that looks for role models on TV, then FX probably isn't your default destination. The network for bad boys (and the not-so-saintly women who often helped make them that way) kicks into high summer gear Tuesday night with the return of the blisteringly bitter Rescue Me (splitting its final season over two years, concluding in 2011 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of 9/11). It's joined this year by the not-much-sunnier comedy Louie, which premieres with back-to-back episodes.
Both are quintessentially New York series, finding extremes of very dark humor in the noise and grit and gutter mentality of surviving in the city—although in the case of Tommy Gavin (Denis Leary), the self-destructive wretch at the booze-drenched heart and possible soul of Rescue Me, many could argue that he may have been better off dead....
Huge - Hayley Hasselhoff
The fat hits the campfire quite literally in Huge, as ABC Family tackles subject matter as tricky as it is weighty and comes up with a winner. This appealing and emotionally engaging series about life in a weight-loss summer camp comes with high expectations, having been co-created by Winnie Holzman, who enthralled a generation with the short-lived but long-remembered My So-Called Life.
Working with her daughter Savannah Dooley (with Holzman's husband Paul Dooley appearing ...
KEVORKIAN (Monday, 9/8c, HBO)
If you still think you don't know Jack after Al Pacino's turn as "Dr. Death" in HBO's You Don't Know Jack movie, this new documentary on Dr. Jack Kevorkian presents a very intimate portrait of the notorious assisted-suicide specialist. In addition to a lengthy Kevorkian interview, the filmmakers interview friends, family, lawyers and journalists to help interpret his passionate feelings about life and death...
So You Think You Can Dance
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Question: A couple of summers ago, I gave So You Think You Can Dance a shot, based partially on your glowing praise for it. It quickly became one of my all-time favorite reality competition shows, and after Mad Men, the show I look forward to most every summer. Unfortunately, the last two seasons have been underwhelming, so I supported the show's decision to make some radical changes this season...
Boston Med, Futurama
From the never-say-die TV files comes this joyous comeback: the rebirth of the long-ago-canceled animated sci-fi spoof Futurama on Comedy Central Thursday night (10/9c) with an episode not-so-coincidentally titled "Rebirth." As you'd expect, these intergalactic punsters are in on the joke and milk it for all its worth....