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What to Watch Friday, Aug. 8

by Kim Potts, posted Aug 8th 2008 6:00AM
'XXIX Summer Olympics: Opening Ceremonies'
(8PM, NBC)
NBC is planning more than 3,000 hours of coverage of the XXIX Summer Olympics on the tube and Internet, and it all begins with tonight's opening ceremonies -- featuring more than 10,000 performers -- at the National Stadium in Beijing.

Everything, in fact, is souped up for these international games, from the amount of coverage and the quality of the technology NBC will use to capture it (mini HD cams will be strapped to athletes for up close and personal shots, for example) to new events (BMX racing and the women's steeplechase among them) and the line-up of superstars competing, including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the U.S. men's basketball team; U.S. swimmer Dara Torres, who's already won nine medals as she heads into her fifth Olympics; and American swimmer Michael Phelps, who earned six gold medals at the 2004 Games in Athens.

All in all, this is one stretch of reality programming worthy of your coach potato hours this summer.


'XXIX Summer Olympics: Opening Ceremonies'
(8PM, NBC)
NBC is planning more than 3,000 hours of coverage of the XXIX Summer Olympics on the tube and Internet, and it all begins with tonight's opening ceremonies -- featuring more than 10,000 performers -- at the National Stadium in Beijing.

Everything, in fact, is souped up for these international games, from the amount of coverage and the quality of the technology NBC will use to capture it (mini HD cams will be strapped to athletes for up close and personal shots, for example) to new events (BMX racing and the women's steeplechase among them) and the line-up of superstars competing, including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the U.S. men's basketball team; U.S. swimmer Dara Torres, who's already won nine medals as she heads into her fifth Olympics; and American swimmer Michael Phelps, who earned six gold medals at the 2004 Games in Athens.

All in all, this is one stretch of reality programming worthy of your coach potato hours this summer.


'Puppy Games 2008'
(6PM, Animal Planet)
A Boston Terrier named Zim, a Weimardoodle named Balto and Kiana the Dalmation ? these are the athletes of the first-ever Puppy Games, a three-hour fest in which more than 30 pooches (judged by a panel of goldfish) compete in swimming, soccer, gymnastics and boxing(ish) events. Don't you just wanna squeal at the mere thought of it?

'Monk'
(9PM, USA)
Mr. Monk in the ring ... The defective detective gets boxing fever when he meets a fighter whose comeback attempt makes Monk think he might be able to get back into shape to pass the police force physical. Of course, there's still the matter of the psych evaluation, and we're not talking about that delightful detective series that follows Monk on USA on Friday nights.

'Degrassi: The Next Generation'
(8PM, The N)
Really, Spinner? You've won your battle with cancer, and just when things are going your way, you decide a gig with your lame band is more important than being able to graduate from high school? How much of that weed did you smoke?

'Psych'
(10PM, USA)
'Wings' star Steven Weber guests as Shawn's unreliable Uncle Jack, who draws Gus, Shawn and Henry into a scheme to find buried treasure. Cue the pirate jokes.

'Swingtown'
(10PM, CBS)
Bruce wants a wholesome family vacay at the Millers' cabin, while daughter Laurie wants to get her freak on with teacher Doug. Bet that whole free love lifestyle isn't looking so appealing to big daddy now.


This weekend's preview: 'Damages' marathon, 'Mad Men' and more

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