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Ricky Gervais Show
9/8c HBO
Sometimes it's hard to figure out which is funnier: the bizarre ravings and expositions of Karl Pilkington; or the high-pitched cackle of Ricky Gervais in response. Fortunately, there's plenty of both in the second-season premiere, especially in a lengthy bit as Karl describes his pitch to a movie studio about a psychological thriller starring Rebecca De Mornay and...Clive Warren? From there it's on to Karl's diary, which includes entries about Australia, camping and humanitarian pursuits. — Joe Friedrich

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ESPN Town Hall Meeting: Image of the Black Athlete
6/5c ESPN
In its occasional detours from the event-driven-programming super highway, ESPN has been know to make wrong turns like The Decision. A more promising excursion is this week's "Content of Character" initiative, highlighted by tonight's assembling of an intriguing panel in Atlanta to discuss the contemporary image of the black athlete. Panelists include columnist Michael Wilbon; Memphis basketball coach John Calipari; former Olympian and current WNBA player Marion Jones; former Miami football coach Randy Shannon; and filmmaker Spike Lee. Robin Roberts of Good Morning America and Bob Ley of Outside the Lines serve as hosts. — Roger Leister

Suite Life on Deck
8/7c Disney
Beginning tonight, the series airs a three-part episode (Parts 2 and 3 air over the next two evenings at 8/7c) in which Bailey returns to her hometown to celebrate her grandmother's 90th birthday, only to witness the destruction of her family's beloved farm. But the first part also centers on a ship visit by Moseby's brother, who turns out to be NBA player Dwight Howard. And he brings with him fellow pros Deron Williams and Kevin Love. Of course, Zack and Cody challenge them to a basketball game. Not a great idea. — Tim Holland

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