07/16/2007 at 01:00 AM EDT
What's On This Week
MONDAY, JULY 9
SPIELBERG ON SPIELBERG
8 P.M. | TCM
One fun fact Steven Spielberg reveals in this 90-minute documentary is how he lost out on directing two James Bond movies. His revenge? A far cooler hero named Indiana Jones. And gee, I don't recall those 007 films winning any big Oscars (like Spielberg did for directing Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan, left)
9 P.M. | TNT
A girl gets abducted walking home from school. Whodunit? Tonight is a supersized episode, so Brenda and friends have an extra 10 minutes to find out.
TUESDAY, JULY 10
9 P.M. | SCI FI
It's the second-season premiere of the family-friendly show about a single dad who plays sheriff in a secret government research town.
9:30 P.M. | NBC
Fresh off his Dancing gig, Joey Fatone hosts this karaoke contest, where the goal is to remember the words perfectly.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
DON'T FORGET THE LYRICS
9:30 P.M. | FOX
Sound familiar? Here Wayne Brady hosts as vocally challenged contestants butcher tunes like Eddie Money's "Two Tickets to Paradise." Let's see ... "Pack your bags and we'll sneeze tonight"?
FRIDAY, JULY 13
9 P.M. | USA
The OCD-afflicted detective (Tony Shalhoub) gets auctioned off at a charity event to an obsessed fan—played by the always hilarious Sarah Silverman—who needs him to help clear her dog of a murder charge.
A MODEL LIFE
10 P.M. | TLC
How does this Petra Nemcova-hosted model search differ from Tyra's? For one thing the girls look like real models. But some of the beauties lack brains. Your head will explode watching one try to find an address.
State of Mind
Lifetime, Sundays, 9 p.m. (ET) | [3 stars]
This smartly written series begins with a bang—literally—when marriage counselor Dr. Ann Bellowes (Lili Taylor) catches her husband cheating with their own couples therapist. Time to reevaluate? Oh yeah. But Ann's own crisis turns her into a far better shrink as she starts to lay it on the line for her clients. "There is no marriage fairy, people!" she tells one bickering couple. "You either help each other or the marriage dies." With a strong supporting cast, a quick pace and a tone that's more quirky than corny, even male viewers will get into it—although they might feel the need to slap a Post-it over that Lifetime logo at the bottom of the screen.
AMC, Thursdays, 10 p.m. (ET) | [3.5 stars]
It's Madison Avenue in 1960 and ad man Don Draper (Jon Hamm) has to help his clients sell, sell, sell. His latest challenge? Figuring out how to shill Lucky Strikes after a study states that lighting up isn't exactly the healthiest habit. "If you love danger, you'll love smoking," he jokes. Cowritten by The Sopranos executive producer and scribe Matthew Weiner, the show highlights the insecurities faced by execs from any decade (embodied in part by a slick up-and-comer, played by Vincent Kartheiser, angling for Don's job), but doesn't shy away from the uglier aspects of the era, like rampant sexism and anti-Semitism. With the sophistication of a feature film (and gorgeous costumes to match), Mad Men is a great diversion from the neuron-crushing vortex that is summer TV. Have a mask handy, though—there's enough smoking here to give you cancer through the set.
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