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TV: Five shows worth watching tonight: Oct. 12

Your select viewing guide for Friday, Oct. 12

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DRAMA: Arrow (MuchMusic, 7 p.m.) These are good times for superheroes. Based on a DC comic book, this new series pulled in more than four-million viewers for The CW for its debut last week – the network’s highest-rated debut since The Vampire Diaries. The premise casts Toronto-born Stephen Arnell as the billionaire playboy Oliver Queen, who survives a shipwreck in tonight’s pilot episode and thereafter spends five years roughing it on a remote Pacific island. Following his rescue, Oliver returns home to Starling City, which is awash in crime. In the best Bruce Wayne fashion, he creates the secret crimefighting persona of Arrow, who makes it a personal mission to rid the city of evildoers. At the same time, his girlfriend’s cop father Quentin (Paul Blackthorne) is determined to catch the costumed vigilante. A good ride for comic-book fans and regular viewers alike.

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DRAMA: CSI: NY (CTV, 8 p.m.; CBS, 9 p.m.) Settling into a new and later timeslot (at least on American television), TV’s sturdiest crime-procedural series takes a road trip tonight. The story opens with CSI boss Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) investigating a murder that took place on the Brooklyn Bridge, no less. Evidence discovered in crime-scene photos leads to Mac and co-worker Jo (Sela Ward) taking a trip to San Francisco in search of a missing girl. Former thirtysomething regular Peter Horton guest stars as the FBI agent working the case.


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COMEDY: Dog with a Blog (Family Channel, 9:30 p.m.) Filling the void left behind by the departed Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place, this new series from the Disney Channel has long-term potential with younger viewers. The premise revolves around step-siblings Avery (G. Hannelius) and Tyler (Blake Michael) who are complete opposites and can barely stand the sight of each other. The family dynamic changes when their parents give them a new dog, named Stan, who can talk and actually writes a popular online blog. Suddenly, Avery and Tyler realize they have one thing in common: Keeping the talking dog a secret, even from their parents. Good clean fun.

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REALITY: Secret Princes (TLC, 10 p.m.) Never underestimate the appeal of watching the rich and privileged mingle with commoners. Launched last month, this new series chronicles four young “bachelor royals” as they live among the working-class in Atlanta. The four: Prince Francisco of Spain, Prince Salauddin of India, Lord Robert Walter of Britain and the Honourable Ludovic Watson of Britain. The first three episodes have documented the quartet’s clumsy efforts to find a bride worthy of their royal lineage. The real fun happens tonight when the princes are forced to reveal their true identities, which, for reality-TV purposes, takes place at a fancy Southern ball. Y’all come back now, hear?

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MOVIE: Born Yesterday (TCM, 8 p.m. ET; 5 p.m. PT) Smart and funny, this 1950 comedy marked the career peak of the late, great Judy Holliday. The blonde comic actress collected an Academy Award for her portrayal of Billie, the crass ex-chorus girl and mistress of crooked junk tycoon Harry Buck (Broderick Crawford). While in Washington to bribe some politicians, Harry tries to improve Billie’s bad manners by hiring the impoverished journalist Paul (William Holden) to school her in the social graces. The results are a far cry from My Fair Lady.

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