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A select viewing guide for Tuesday, March 26
REALITY My House, Your Money (W, 7:30 p.m.) One of the most relatable reality programs on TV today, this sharp Canadian series introduces viewers to a young person who wants to buy a house but is short of money. His or her immediate family have the necessary funds, but that also means they also wants a say in the deal. So who ends up actually owning the place? In tonight’s new episode we meet Sara, a pampered young women who loves traveling the world on her family’s dime. Sara’s parents think it’s time their little princess grow up and enter the real world and are willing to buy her a house just to keep her at home. The sticking point: Sara’s hardworking sister Shannon isn’t putting up with any of her sibling’s malarkey.
COMEDY The Rick Mercer Report (CBC, 8 p.m.) Tuesday evening has become Mercer Night in Canada for many people in this country. Now in its 10th season, Mercer Report still pulls in a million-plus viewers each week and invariably delivers valuable Canadian history lessons in his peripatetic journeys. Did you know, for example, that Montreal’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is the longest continually running parade in North America? It’s true, and tonight our lad joins in the fun by performing some traditional Irish dancing and even dressing up as a leprechaun for the annual event. In the same show, Rick travels to Niagara College in Niagara-on-the-Lake, where he learns how to brew and bottle his own beer. Now that’s a real Canadian.
DRAMA Cracked (CBC, 9 p.m.) Launched in January, this slick series puts a new spin on the crime-drama genre, if only because of its setting. The premise takes place in a major Canadian city’s Psych Crimes Unit, which is run by psychiatrist Dr. Daniella Ridley (Stefanie von Pfetten) in partnership with the slightly unstable cop Aidan (David Sutcliffe), still dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder following a shooting incident. The scenario intensifies in tonight’s new episode after a coroner’s inquest into the accidental death of a young quickly becomes a witch-hunt against Aidan. Former Little Mosque on the Prairie regular Sitara Hewitt guest-stars.
DRAMA Body of Proof (ABC, Citytv, 10 p.m.) Now in its third season, this medical drama focuses primarily on Dana Delany’s portrayal of Dr. Megan Hunt–a former world-class neurosurgeon now working as a medical examiner on the mean streets of Philadelphia–but there are other characters in the mix. The storytelling shifts occasionally to Megan’s chief medical examines boss, Dr. Kate Murphy, played by Jeri Ryan, whom some viewers will recall as the shapely alien Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager. In tonight’s new outing, the very single Kate becomes smitten with a handsome Russian chap named Sergei (Ivan Sergei), but panics when she suspects her new beau may have killed a young woman.
MOVIE The Pink Panther (TCM, midnight ET; 9 p.m. PT) Directed by Blake Edwards, this 1963 caper comedy still holds up on the strength of a clever script and remarkable performances. David Niven plays it extra smooth as Sir Charles Litton, aka a smooth jewel thief known as The Phantom, who is vacationing in a posh Alpine resort in pursuit of a priceless diamond known as The Pink Panther. The Italian beauty Claudia Cardinale plays it sly as the princess seemingly carefree about the bauble’s worth. And the great Peter Sellers plays it dumb and bumbling as the hopelessly inept Inspector Jacques Clouseau, who has been chasing Sir Charles for years and can’t understand why he keeps slipping out of his grasp (hint: Clouseau’s wife is sleeping with the jewel thief). The franchise ran for ten more films, but the original movie remains the funniest in the series.