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What to Watch: TV Picks for July 4 - 10

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jul 4th 2011 10:39AM
Friday Night Lights - Wednesday July 6, 9PM ET/PT, Global/NBC

The series and season finale of one of the finest pieces of television ever made airs tonight. Like any other epic ending, there are engagements, reunions, job changes, and plenty of nods to the very first episode. Basically, you're going to need an entire box of tissue to get through this. In the end, you'll probably feel that each of the characters winds up where you'd hoped they would -- or at least that they made the best of things. The real tears come from realizing that from now on you have to live without them.

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The Kennedys - Monday July 4, 9 PM ET/PT, Global

I have nothing more to say about this so-bad-it's-funny miniseries -- you can read my initial comments here -- except perhaps to add that time has only made me fonder of the bad accents. Honestly, to see otherwise respected folks like Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper and Tom Wilkinson bumbling around in something so awful is kind of exhilarating, like seeing your parents drunk when you were a kid.

Combat Hospital - Tuesday July 5, 10PM ET/PT, Global/ABC

Tia Carrere guest stars as a photojournalist and ex-girlfriend of Simon's. Meanwhile, a long operation depletes the blood supply, causing an emergency that I'm sure would have us all very worried if we weren't so sure it would be solved by the end of the episode.

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Saturday July 9, 9:10PM ET, Space (July 8 on Starz in the US)

The much-anticipated premiere of this fourth series gets going tonight in Canada and in Australia, with other international debut dates throughout the week. This 'Doctor Who' spin-off has taken on a cult life of its own, with devoted fans (who generally put their kids to bed before watching). The plot for this 10-episode run is that suddenly no one on Earth is dying anymore. If this plot idea sounds familiar, that's because it is exactly the opening of the book 'Death with Interruptions' by José Saramago (who also wrote 'Blindness').

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