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TV: Five shows worth watching tonight: Aug. 30

A select viewing guide for Thursday, Aug. 30

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REALITY: Tabatha Takes Over (Slice, 8 p.m. ET/PT) She’s back. Formerly known as Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, this series from the U.S. version of the Bravo channel documents the supposedly selfless rescue missions of Aussie hairstylist Tabatha Coffey at foundering hair salons all over the United States. The watch factor stems from the in-your-face manner she employs. In the fourth-season opener, she’s in Minneapolis to visit the salon known as Just Red. The proprietor knows hairstyling but keeps dumping all the responsibilities of running the business on her daughter. Turn down the volume for the intervention segment.

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REALITY: Restaurant Takeover (Food Network, 9 p.m. ET; 6 p.m. PT) In more pressing rescue missions, this new Canadian series has good buzz and long-range potential. The format features two food-industry hotshots lending their expertise to help a restaurant in desperate need of an update. With hidden-camera footage, the pros attempt to find out what’s missing from each restaurant’s success recipe, followed by a planning session for a makeover. The restaurant owners, meanwhile, stand around and look sheepish. In tonight’s series opener, chef Corbin Tomaszeski and designer Paula Velez roll into Tottenham, Ont., to overhaul the once-popular eatery Village Pizza.

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DOCUMENTARY: The Trouble with Experts (CBC, 9 p.m. ET/PT) It’s a sign of the times that we are all addicted to experts. They instruct us how to raise our kids, fix our homes, invest our money and vote. But do any of them really know what they’re talking about? This engaging documentary by filmmaker Josh Freed takes sharp aim at the ever-growing expert industry. The film includes some incredible true-life examples of experts proven wrong, including the story of Dutch artist John Myatt, whose forgeries of famous paintings fooled experts and art critics for nearly a decade. And how about the wine expert who couldn’t differentiate between reds and whites?

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REALITY: Mountain Men (History, 10 p.m. ET/PT) Welcome to the most rugged regions of America, where men are men and the women … well, there aren’t really many women in this new series. The show’s stripped-down format follows three bearded men who are living as far off the grid as humanly possible. Meet the gruff Eustace, who moved to the mountains of North Carolina more than 30 years ago and never looked back. Over in Yaak River, Mont., ornery Tom and his wife haven’t visited the nearest town in a decade, in part because it’s 160 kilometres away. And in the Alaskan town of Two Rivers, Marty provides for his family by hunting wolverine and lynx and selling the pelts.

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MOVIE: The Banger Sisters (Vision, midnight ET; 9 p.m. PT) Some people simply refuse to let go of the sixties. In this 2002 comedy, Goldie Hawn and Susan Sarandon play Suzette and Vinnie, respectively, two fiftyish ladies who were quite the famous groupies back in the Summer of Love (the mantle of “Banger Sisters” was bestowed upon them by Frank Zappa). The pair lose touch and 30-odd years later, Suzette, still living the rocker lifestyle, decides to look up Vinnie and is shocked to discover that she’s now a society doyenne with two teenage daughters. Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush grins and bears it as Suzette’s love interest.

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