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The Pillars of the Earth
10/9c Starz
All good things must come to an end, and so it is with this compelling cable miniseries.  In the two-hour series finale, Kingsbridge is thriving as a prosperous market center, which bothers Regan and William Hamleigh to no end, so they forge a drastic plan to destroy it. Meantime, diabolical and devious Waleran, hardly a pillar of the religious community, conspires with Alfred to lay a trap for Jack and get rid of him once and for all. Will the cathedral survive or is it destined to be a scene of holy hell? — Ray Stackhouse

The Gulf Is Back

8/7c CW
As the Gulf Coast bounces back from the disastrous oil spill earlier in 2010, its resilient residents are honored with an uplifting tribute concert at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. David Hasselhoff hosts the event, which features performances by Lonestar, Ricky Skaggs, Taylor Hicks, Bo Bice, Brian McKnight and Terri Clark. B.B. King, Dean Cain and Shannon Elizabeth also appear. — Tim Holland

Wizards of Waverly Place
8:30/7:30c Disney
Wilmer Valderrama (Handy Manny) guest stars as Theresa's brother Ernesto who visits the Russos to attend a birthday party. But he doesn't know that his niece and two nephews are wizards. To keep the family secret, the Russos agree to have a magic-free evening while Ernesto is around. Of course, Alex quickly breaks the promise when she spots magical presents from Uncle Kelbo. — Tim Holland

7 a.m./6c NBC
Fresh off the release of her latest album, 2010's Teenage Dream, which made it to No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, pop-rocker Katy Perry performs this morning as part of the show's Summer Concert Series. It's not Perry's first time performing on the Plaza, however: Last year she brought down the house sporting a dice-covered dress while her band wore dollar-bill suits. — Brie Hearn

NFL Football
8/7c CBS
CBS makes its first foray into the 2010 preseason with a meeting of the AFC West champion San Diego Chargers against the Super Bowl champs, the Saints, in New Orleans. The Saints had little difficulty in putting up 2009-like offensive numbers in a 38-20 thumping of the Texans in their last exhibition outing. The Chargers lost a 16-14 yawner to the Cowboys last weekend, but it did have a highlight play, as QB Philip Rivers ran 70 yards to chase down safety Barry Church who was attempting to score on an interception. — Dave Roeder

Beyond Survival with Les Stroud
10/9c Discovery
Maybe he got tired of being in the wilderness all by himself, or, maybe he thinks there's more to be learned about "roughing it" from others. Whatever the reason, "Survivorman" Les Stroud won't be so lonely as this new series lands the adventurer among indigenous peoples to see how they cope with what life throws at them. Up first: Les visits Sri Lanka to commune with a group once believed to be half-demon, half-human. — Michael Chant

Blood Dolphins
11/10c Animal Planet
Richard and Lincoln O'Barry, a father-and-son team behind the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove and activists in the fight against the dolphin trade, take their cause to the small screen with this three-part documentary, which highlights the hunting and slaughtering of these animals. In the first episode, they travel to the city of Taiji, Japan, host to an annual six-month dolphin hunt. — Rhoda Charles