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On TV this week, April 19-23

On TV this week

MONDAY

Explorer, 9 p.m., NatGeo Can you believe Explorer has been on for 25 years? It seem like just yesterday we were plagiarizing from it for a third-grade science report.

CSI: Miami, 10 p.m., CBS Calleigh is being haunted by the spirit of a murder victim who wants his killer brought to justice. Oh, they're not even trying on this show anymore.

SEASON PREMIERE Dhani Tackles the Globe, 11 p.m., Travel The NFL linebacker tries bike racing across Italy. Say, why don't you try racing to more than 3.5 sacks next season?

TUESDAY

30 for 30, 8 p.m., ESPN A look at how fantasy sports got so popular after Rotisserie League baseball started way back when. Great, a doc about armchair quarterbacks you can watch from your couch!

Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country, 9:30 p.m., HBO Anders Ostergaard's Academy Award-nominated documentary about journalists coping with a 40-year military regime that wants to stop everything they do. It's even worse than working at Fox News.

9 by Design, 10 p.m., Bravo A five-story, 8,000-square-foot Manhattan dream home is built on the site of a former sex shop. Imagine the site cleanup in this episode.

WEDNESDAY

American Idol, 8 p.m., Fox It's time for Idol Gives Back, so you feel a little less guilty about loafing on your recliner watching people desperate for material success sell out the last shreds of their dignity. Hey, we're all for it.

Top Chef Masters, 10 p.m., Bravo Six chefs work to reinvent classic pub food at a tavern in L.A. First step: Make fish and chips that are actually good.

SEASON FINALE The Locator, 10 p.m., WEtv A soldier whose wife just went through a stillbirth tries to understand why his father walked out of his life 24 years ago. We're tearing up just typing it.

THURSDAY

2010 NFL Draft, 7:30 p.m. ESPN If my alma mater's Ndamukong Suh doesn't go as the top pick, there's obviously some sort of conspiracy at work here. Have the Heisman voters rigged this, too?

Naked Science, 9 p.m., NatGeo Celebrate Earth Day by watching how badly human activities affect the planet. If you're not too busy watching your new Blu-Ray copy of Avatar, that is.

SEASON FINALE Project Runway, 10 p.m., Lifetime It's time for the Bryant Park fashion show, but this time there are seven — SEVEN — decoys as some of the ousted designers return to make things difficult for the terrible trio. What if one of the decoys wins?

FRIDAY

SEASON FINALE Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, 9 p.m., ABC Has the Naked Chef been able to save the unhealthiest city in America? We won't know until next year's report, we're guessing.

SEASON PREMIERE Party Down, 10 p.m., Starz Megan Mullally replaces Jane Lynch for Season 2, which means Jack can't be too far behind.

SERIES PREMIERE Gravity, 10:30 p.m., Starz It's a comedy about a program for people who have made suicide attempts. Like the writers who came up with the idea.

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

On TV this week, April 19-23 04/15/10 [Last modified: Saturday, April 17, 2010 3:30pm]

    

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