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What to Watch: TV Picks for July 18 - 24

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jul 18th 2011 11:00AM
Murdoch Mysteries - Wednesday July 20, 10 PM ET, Citytv

While Obama wrestles with a potential financial Armageddon south of the border, here in Canada our leader makes a cameo appearance on a homegrown cult show.

Substantially more ink has been devoted to writing about Prime Minister Stephen Harper's primetime debut than was used to write his few lines, but I guess that's the point of hiring a man renowned for being stiff and unemotional for an acting gig. Harper plays a desk sergeant in this episode that tracks sunken treasure through a letter written by Sir John A. MacDonald, while a fictionalized Sir Wilfrid Laurier plays Watson to Murdoch's Sherlock. If this thing was any more Canadian it would be a giant red and white maple leaf that said nothing but 'eh' and 'sorry' while it drank beer and played hockey.

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Haven - Monday July 18, 10 PM ET/PT, Showcase

Thanks to a really cool end-of-season twist, I'm no longer sure if I should call the lead character of this show by the name Audrey Parker, but for the sake of clarity, I'll keep up the pose. Audrey's identity crisis deepens when another FBI agent shows up in Haven claiming to be Audrey Parker. The two women have a lot to talk about, obviously. The really mysterious thing about this show? How they managed to get to a second season with notorious show-killer Eric Balfour in the cast. Aw, that sounds mean. I should say I like Mr. Balfour -- I wish him all the best.

Pawnathon Canada - Monday July 18, 9 PM ET/PT, History

Every now and again I see a news item claiming someone's going to make movie out of one of my favorite books 'The Secret History.' And while I would be first in line at the theatre to see it, I always wonder who else would be there. I mean, it was a popular book, but that was well over a decade ago. It is with the same sense of bafflement as to the timing that I tell you about this barely-reworked version of 'The Antiques Roadshow.' A four-part mini series, it is exactly like the 'Roadshow,' except sometimes the experts bid against each other.

Blonde vs. Bear - Monday July 18, 7 PM ET, Animal Planet

Ann Bryant is, according to Animal Planet, a famous bear activist in the Lake Tahoe region. A quick Googling shows that the top links for Bryant's name are from people like me trusting the press release and repeating it, but that's no reason to suspect her devotion to her calling, only the recognition she has so far received for it. Basically, Bryant and her volunteer crew take it upon themselves to try to scare the bears of Tahoe badly enough that they learn not to come near humans, for their own safety. The episode descriptions of the show make it sound a bit like Bryant is in charge of several large drunken teenagers; she spends her evenings talking them off roofs and out of other people's refrigerators.

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Valerie Dickau

Sorry Stephanie.... you got your facts wrong! The PM's television debut was on Corner Gas a few years back... followed by an appearance on the Rick Mercer show.

July 20 2011 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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