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updated 08/25/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/25/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
SUNDAY, AUG. 17
IN PLAIN SIGHT
10 P.M. | USA
U.S. Marshal Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack, right) is seriously compromised by a suitcase full of drugs in the trunk of her car. Season finale.
THE TWO COREYS
10 P.M. | A&E
Will the awful, toxic tensions between actors Corey Feldman and Corey Haim resolve in the season 2 finale? Wouldn't bet on it.
10 P.M. | LIFETIME
Guest star Marsha Mason plays the mother of Claudia Joy (Kim Delaney), whose family is still coming to terms with Amanda's death.
TUESDAY, AUG. 19
THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER
8 P.M. | ABC FAMILY
With her grandmother's help, Amy (Shailene Woodley) makes some resolutions regarding her pregnancy.
TORI & DEAN: HOME SWEET HOLLYWOOD
10 P.M. | OXYGEN
A wrap-up episode of season highlights—recalled while actress Tori Spelling and her young family take a vay-cay.
THURSDAY, AUG. 21
GLAM GOD WITH VIVICA A. FOX
10 P.M. | VH1
Last seen as a Katrina refugee on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Fox (left) hosts a new reality contest to launch a celebrity stylist.
TABATHA'S SALON TAKEOVER
10 P.M. | BRAVO
Shear Genius vet Tabatha Coffey (near right), sleek and tough and blonde, takes charge of foundering salons in this reality-show debut.
MTV, Aug. 18, 10 p.m. ET
By now, Lauren Conrad, Whitney Port, Audrina Patridge and Heidi Montag must wish they could hire actors to play themselves in this hit show's depiction of their daily lives. That would free them up to pursue their more genuine existences as celebrities. Watching Lauren and Audrina's friendship unravel last season, you wondered if the two of them were just too bored to play-act such a humdrum story: What we got was a limp war of passive-aggression as Audrina slunk in and out, avoiding Lauren. Meerkats grooming themselves are more exciting. And yet these girls keep on, languid, young, pretty. In season 4, MTV informs us, Audrina still hasn't finished with goofball boyfriend Justin Bobby. Lauren dates an old Laguna beau. And Heidi and Spencer Pratt have reunited to create anew their special loathsome magic. I've enjoyed the show, but it could still use a jolt or two—if anyone can find time in their schedule.