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TV: Five shows worth watching tonight: May 31

A select guide to the best shows on Tuesday, May 31

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Blowdown History, 7 p.m.
You think it's easy blowing things up for a living? Guess again. This unscripted series documents the intricacies of high-end demolition by following the employees of Controlled Demolition Incorporated. As might be expected, the series puts great emphasis on the science behind the explosions. Watch tonight as the team travels to Indianapolis to bring down the RCA Dome, a 60,000-seat sports stadium that has outlived its purpose. The challenge: Blow up the stadium without disturbing the city's new convention centre or rail line. In the end, it blows up real good.

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America's Got Talent NBC, CITY-TV, 8 p.m.
The summer season of silly TV officially begins with the return of this popular talent contest. Here for a sixth season, "America's Got Talent" is one of the summer's highest-rated programs and is back intact. Singer Nick Cannon returns as host and so do celebrity judges Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel and Piers Morgan. Tonight's two-hour kickoff covers the audition process in various U.S. cities, so expect the usual array of singers, dancers, ventriloquists, jugglers and others vying for the $1-million grand prize. How will Piers Morgan appear on this show all summer while simultaneously hosting "Piers Morgan Tonight"? That's his talent.

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Body of Proof Citytv, 10 p.m.
One of last season's better new dramas, this series stars Dana Delany, formerly of "China Beach" and "Desperate Housewives," as former world-class neurosurgeon Megan Hunt, who is bumped to the comparatively déclassé position of medical examiner. Tonight's episode guest-stars zaftig "Mad Men" regular Christina Hendricks, whose real-life husband, Geoffrey Arend, plays the character of Dr. Ethan Gross on the series. Hendricks plays the identical twin of a beautiful corpse, whose death baffles Dr. Gross and his medical partner. Elsewhere, Megan tries to determine whether a recent hospital death was murder or malpractice.

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Canadian Pickers History, 10 p.m.
One man's junk is another man's treasure in this fascinating series. The program details the daily routine of professional “pickers” Sheldon Smithens and Scott Cozens, who ramble all over Canada in search of antiques, curios and random objets d'art – or anything else capable of being sold for profit. Tonight, the pair roll through Quebec's Eastern Townships where they tour a home filled with antiques. Later, watch their faces light up when they're handed access to a 10-room Sherbrooke house chock full of treasures. It's a living.

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Wholly Moses! Vision, midnight
One of the biggest film stars of the early eighties, British comic actor Dudley Moore tackles dual characters in this slapstick 1980 comedy. The diminutive actor first assumes the role of Harvey, a tourist wandering through Israel with his friend Zoey (Laraine Newman). Harvey and Zoey find an ancient scroll telling the life and times of Herschel, the man who was almost Moses. From that point, Harvey flashes back to biblical times where he fantasizes about himself as the luckless Herschel and attempts to free his people from Egyptian slavery. It's no "Life of Brian" but it's not bad.

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