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Hockey Brawl: Battle on Thin Ice

CTV, 7 p.m.

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The game of hockey will forever be inextricably linked with fighting. This new documentary chronicles one man's attempt to cash in on the longstanding connection between our national game and bare-knuckle fisticuffs. The film follows the tireless efforts of Manitoba sports promoter Darryl "Beef" Wolski to mount the first-ever event to exclusively showcase hockey brawlers. Intended as a pay-per-view TV spectacle, the clash of the enforcers was a tricky undertaking for Wolski, who was turned down by several cities before finally finding a home in the roughneck lumber town of Prince George, B.C. And when the big day finally arrives, the event is just about as classy as you might imagine.

COMEDY

Wanda Sykes Tongue Untied

Comedy, 10 p.m.

Last Thursday, Wanda Sykes's standup comedy tour hit Massey Hall, so Comedy Network wisely timed this broadcast to coincide. Among her subjects are touchstones common to many comedians, including being a tourist in New York City, insomnia and, of course, the evil behaviour of men.

MadTV

Fox, 11 p.m.

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The cast from the new film Ice Age: The Meltdown, released March 31, strut their stuff in a few skits. The trio is made up of Queen Latifah and John Leguizamo, as well as Ray Romano, who will make his first return to TV since his sitcom ended last season.

DRAMA

North of 60 In the Blue Ground

Showcase, 7 p.m.

In this two-hour movie based on the popular '90s show, a mysterious killer stalks the town of Lynx River. After a geologist is murdered, the shadow of suspicion falls on a bitter rival. However, the mystery grows even denser after the unconnected town nurse disappears without a clue.

Selling Innocence

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CTV, 8 p.m.

In this TV-movie, Sarah Lind (one of the former teen stars of Edgemont) stars as Mia, a teenager who dreams of stardom. One day, a photographer promises to make her dream come true, although, as you may suspect, he has an ulterior motive. Mimi Rogers co-stars as Mia's mother, who tries desperately to protect her daughter.

NEWS & DOCS

48 Hours Mystery

CBS, 10 p.m.

In 2005, while enjoying his honeymoon, a man called George Smith vanished from a cruise ship. In the more than a year since, despite an extensive and exhaustive search, no trace of him has every been found. Tonight, investigators try to push the case even further.

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MOVIES

Eight Men Out (1988)

TVO, 10:40 p.m.

As the labyrinthine story of how the Chicago White Sox threw the 1919 World Series at the behest of gamblers, this is a darker take on the same scandal that inspired Field of Dreams. However illegal and unethical were the players' actions, you get the message that baseball back then was a very dirty business. The real-guy cast includes Charlie Sheen, David Strathairn and John Cusack.

L.A. Confidential (1997)

History, 9 p.m.

In L.A. Confidential, the tables are constantly turning and the good guys are all a bit bad in a story about the Hollywood underworld of the 1950s. The subplot-heavy tale follows three cops (including Aussies Russell Crowe and Guy Pearce) as they navigate a hot, murderous summer, with Kim Basinger doing a bang-up job as the requisite call girl, and David Strathairn as her big-bucks pimp.

Full listings: P.6-8

OTHER

Rigoletto

Bravo!, 8 p.m.

Verdi's classic opera about a duke's jester and his daughter gets a dash of contemporary flavour when the setting is brought forward to the 1960s. Well, it's more contemporary than its original time. Performed by Holland's Opera Spanga, and starring Peter Michailov, Karen Wierzba and Jasmin Besig.

SPORTS: SEE P.9

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