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Weekend's best TV

On TV this weekend

FRIDAY

Most Outrageous Moments, 8 p.m., NBC Not enough game shows on TV for you? Here's a bunch of clips and outtakes for you to get your fill.

SEASON FINALE Duel, 9 p.m., ABC Meanwhile, this game show concludes its run. For now ...

SATURDAY

Snake movie marathon, 9 a.m., Sci Fi By god, you didn't expect Sci-Fi to launch a daylong snake-themed D-movie marathon, and for us not to tell you about it, did you? Kick things off with Python 2 (starring Billy Zabka!), about a government-engineered 57-foot python that goes on a killing spree. Be there at 5 p.m. for King Cobra (starring Pat Morita!), about a mutated snake run amok. Then settle in for the 9 p.m. premiere of Anaconda 3 (starring David Hasselhoff!), about a bunch of PO'ed serpents. This is possibly the reason television was invented.

Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert, 7 p.m., Disney Channel; 8 p.m., Starz. After a daylong Hannah Montana marathon starting at 1 p.m., get ready for the blockbuster concert flick. Disney will air the 3-D version at 7 p.m., while Starz will air the 2-D version at 8 p.m., and the 3-D version starting Sunday on Starz On Demand. Don't have a set of 3-D glasses? Visit starz.com/3D to find out how to make your own.

SUNDAY

MythBusters, 9 p.m., Discovery Channel Few words elicit more shudders of anticipation around these parts than "Shark Week," and Adam and Jamie kick off the 21st edition of the weeklong sharkstravaganza with an episode of new shark myths: Do dogs attract sharks? Does chili powder repel them? Are sharks more awesome or less awesome than giant killer snakes?

SEASON PREMIERE Mad Men, 10 p.m., AMC Want to know why Mad Men got all those Emmy nominations? Check out the first episode of Season 2, which flash-forwards to 1962. Expect plenty of drinking, smoking and sexual harassing around the Sterling Cooper offices.

SEASON PREMIERE Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! 12:30 a.m., Cartoon Network When you're considered maybe the weirdest show on a network that also features a cartoon about a talking wad of meat, is that a compliment? Absoutely.

— Joshua Gillin and Jay Cridlin

New Movies

The X-Files: I Want To Believe

The gist: We can't say much — the government might be watching! — but we do know that Mulder and Scully are forced to reunite years after leaving the FBI to investigate one more paranormal conspiracy.

Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Billy Connolly, Amanda Peet, and Xzibit.

The buzz: The New York Times called it "baggy, draggy, oddly timed and strangely off the mark," but added that "it won't hurt the show's legacy, at least among die-hard fans."

Step Brothers

The gist: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly play grownups who still live with their single parents. But when those parents marry each other, Willy and Johnny are forced to live together. How was this premise not already made into a mid-'80s CBS sitcom?

Starring: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Jenkins, Adam Scott and Kathryn Hahn.

The buzz: There's nothing shakin' or bakin' about this onscreen pairing. Rolling Stone said it had some laughs, but the Kansas City Star vehemently disagreed: ''Step Brothers is a one-joke comedy that might have made a decent recurring sketch on Saturday Night Live, digested in five-minute doses. As a feature film it constantly flirts with disaster."

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

The gist: A French spy farce about a clueless agent sent to the Middle East on a mission of peace in 1955. He's not at Bond level, but he's at least above Austin Powers. Showing at the Tampa Theatre.

Starring: Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo

The buzz: The St. Pete Times says it's "impressively retro, as cheesy as any 007 knockoff from the 1960s. The novelty doesn't wear off, even when the jokes do."



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Weekend's best TV 07/24/08 [Last modified: Thursday, July 24, 2008 10:14pm]
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