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Seven Days of Television: July 15 to July 21

A select viewing guide to the next seven days of television

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MONDAY JULY 15 Antiques Roadshow (PBS, 8 p.m.) With almost everything on TV tonight falling into the category of repeat (Murdoch Mysteries, Mike & Molly, et al) or retread (The Amazing Race Canada), PBS’s venerable bargain-hunter series is still airing fresh episodes. The PBS version is based on a popular BBC series that began in 1979 and still runs to this day. Tonight’s new episode rolls into Lousiville, Kentucky, for a second look at items that were originally featured on Antiques Roadshow way back in 1998. Imagine the surprise of one participant when he learns that the 19 th -century folk art jug originally appraised at $30,000 is now worth upwards of $150,000! The indefatigable Mark Walberg hosts.

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TUESDAY JULY 16 Joe Rogan Questions Everything (Space, 9 p.m.) Look who’s back on television. Best known for his role on the nineties sitcom Newsradio and subsequent stint hosting the nasty reality series Fear Factor, journeyman Joe Rogan seems the obvious choice to helm this new program that serves to prove or debunk astounding urban myths. Mostly, the show follows Rogan rolling all over the U.S. to interview various scientists and paranormal experts. On tap in tonight’s opener: Bigfoot. Big hairy creature or secret Kardashian sister?

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WEDNESDAY JULY 17 Wedding Island (TLC, 10 p.m.) Destination wedding dreams (and shameless product placement) come true in this new TLC summer series. The unscripted format focuses on high-energy Sandy Malone, the only wedding planner on the remote island paradise of Vieques Island, located seven miles off the coast of Puerto Rico. As should probably be expected on any new reality show, the format punches up the human drama to hysterical levels as Sandy and her team scramble to make each couple’s nuptials the picture-perfect occasion. Each episode profiles two couples and tonight’s opener features last-minute guests, missing bridesmaids and high-strung caterers. Another episode airs same time tomorrow night.

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THURSDAY JULY 18 Showville (AMC, 10 p.m.) It’s the best new show you’re probably not watching. Launched two months ago, Showville is the antithesis of glitzy talent-search shows like American Idol and The Voice. In each episode, comic actor Alec Mapa and choreographer-to-the-stars Lisette Bustamante roll into a small American town to hold open auditions. After screening the usual array of jugglers, ventriloqiosts. step-dancers and banjo players, they settle on four finalists, who have to perform before the whole town in a talent showcase. The crowd votes and the performer deemed best in show collects a cool $10,000. Previous outings have been filmed in Fairfield, Iowa and Walla Walla, Washington and tonight’s new episode takes place in Hugo, Oklahoma, population 5000. It’s the sweetest hour currently on television.

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FRIDAY JULY 19 Summer Camp (Slice, 9 p.m.) Ah, summer camp. It can be the most memorable time of a young person’s life. Or the most miserable time. Both possibilities are covered in this new series hailing from the USA Network. Hosted by former American Idol finalist Matt Rogers, the setup features two eight-member teams of adults competing in a series of weekly challenges “inspired by classic camp games” (pitching horseshoes, needling the nerds, that sort of thing). Each week, the losing team surrenders two of its members for elimination and the winning squad gets to vote on which two will be sent packing. May the best team win, and watch out for that poison ivy.

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SATURDAY JULY 20 Unforgettable (CBS, 8 p.m.) Remember this show? Much to the chagrin of Poppy Montgomery fans everywhere, CBS cancelled Unforgettable in May, 2012 and then strangely reversed its decision by announcing the show would return for a second season, which starts next week. The premise revolves around Ms. Montgomery’s sharp portrayal of high-functioning homicide detective Carrie Wells (Poppy Montgomery) who returns to active NYPD duty in hopes of finding out who murdered her sister. The first-season finale rebroadcasts tonight and takes Carrie and cop partner Al (Dylan Walsh) back to her hometown of Syracuse, N.Y., after a murder occurs that mirrors the death of her sister. Canada's own Elias Koteas plays the lead suspect.

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SUNDAY JULY 21 Doc Zone: The Real Dirt on Gossip (CBC News Network, 8 p.m.) Welcome to the peepshow generation with tens of millions of North Americans addicted to delish celebrity dish available in gossip magazines, blogs and websites and social media outlets like Twitter. Why are seemingly normal people so fascinated with the every move of the Kardashians or Lindsay Lohan? This smart documentary features theories from various media bigheads but the most interesting take is from Jon Gosselin, formerly of the hit TLC reality series Jon and Kate Plus 8, which eventually became Kate Plus 8 when his co-star/life partner Kate found learning of his cheating ways from a gossip website. Three years later, he’s the fifth most-hated man in America!

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