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World Cup Soccer
2/1c ABC
With the U.S. team long gone, the only remaining red-white-and-blue underdog would be Paraguay, which takes on European champion Spain in the last quarterfinal in Johannesburg. An all-South American semifinals was still possible entering the final eight, but "La Albirroja" were by far the least likely to advance against Spain's lethal combination of talent and hunger. Striker Nelson Valdez is Paraguay's top weapon, while David Villa bids for a fifth goal in five games as Spain continues its quest to get an 0-for-12 World Cup gorilla off its back. — Roger Leister

9 a.m./8c NBC
When you think about Wimbledon, you think about tradition — strawberries and cream; Pimms; the Royal Box and, of course, one of the Williams sisters in the women's final. Venus or Serena Williams has won this tourney for eight of the last 10 years (including the last three), and have faced each other in the final for the last two. Last year, it was Serena's turn, as she punched out her sis in straight sets. — Dave Roeder

Mississippi River Quest
7/6c National Geographic
Last September, an intrepid filmmaker teamed up with a professional angler and a scientist, and together they attempted to boat the entire length of the Mighty Mississippi, one of the most challenging waterways to navigate. It's a feat few have achieved. This three-part miniseries, which airs in its entirety tonight, documents their 2300-mile journey. — Karen Andzejewicz

Dolly Celebrates 25 Years of Dollywood
8/7c Hallmark
It's been 25 years since Dolly Parton first opened the doors to her Tennessee theme park, Dollywood, and the country icon is ready to celebrate. On hand to help out with the silver-anniversary festivities are Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus, who each perform duets with Parton, and Kenny Rogers. The special is inspired by "Celebrate the Dreamer (In You)," one of Parton's countless hits, and features tributes from such country-music stars as Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney. — Brie Hearn

John Adams
8/7c HBO
With baseball, hot dogs and apple pie out of the way, what better way to continue celebrating July 4th than with a marathon of this 2008 adaptation of David McCullough's biography of the second U.S. president. Winner of 13 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries and lead actors Paul Giamatti, as Adams, and Laura Linney, as Adams' wife, Abigail, this excellent seven-part profile chronicles the Founding Father's extraordinary life and career, starting around 1770 and ending with his death in 1826. — Joe Friedrich

9/8c Starz
This rollicking and heartwarming animated hit was nominated for a best picture Oscar (but lost to The Hurt Locker). Still, the 2009 movie did soar away with the Best Animated Feature Film statuette. It's an uplifting adventure about a feisty old widower (voice of Ed Asner) who affixes helium balloons to his house in an effort to fly it to South America. Unknowingly, he has an 8-year-old stowaway along for the ride, and despite their many differences, they become a perfect pair and deal with wilderness dangers. — Ray Stackhouse

Michael Jackson — The Final Days
8/7c CNN
One year later, the death of Michael Jackson (1958-2009) remains a shock. Here, Don Lemon chronicles the singer's last days, including the rehearsals for the This Is It tour, via interviews with brothers Jermaine and Tito Jackson and friend Deepak Chopra, as well as AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips, choreographer Travis Payne and musical director Michael Bearden. — Jeff Gemmill