On TV this weekend
Dog Whisperer, 9 p.m., NatGeo Be all high-minded if you like, but we're watching to see the five-legged miniature pinscher. That's how we roll.
Inside, 10 p.m., PBS If you're home watching TV on a Friday night, chances are you're going to jump at the chance to watch how The Lord of the Rings became a stage show. Just sayin'.
SERIES PREMIERE Face the Ace, 9 p.m., NBC Brand-new poker players battle pros for a $1 million prize. It's easy when it's not your own money.
Playing for Change: Peace Through Music, 9 p.m., PBS Mark Johnson records musicians singing hits like Stand By Me and One Love. Of course, you could always listen to Lady Gaga praising disco sticks, if you'd prefer.
Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith, 9 p.m., Hallmark See what they did there? They switched the title of a classic movie around and stuck Cybill Shepherd in it, playing a middle-aged woman going back to college. That should denote the target audience.
SERIES PREMIERE Defying Gravity, 9 p.m., ABC What would make a drawn-out, melodramatic, low-budget sci-fi show about astronauts on a six-year mission tolerable? How about casting the guy from Office Space as the lead?
SERIES PREMIERE Megan Wants a Millionaire, 9 p.m., VH1 The jilted skank from Rock of Love 2 still wants to be a trophy wife. "Trophy" implies something worth winning.
Blood in the Water, 9 p.m., Discovery After last week's apparent shark attack on St. Pete Beach, this look at the Jersey Shore attacks of 1916 kicks off Shark Week with a bit more bite than usual.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org