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What to Watch on Friday: A live Niagara Falls highwire attempt

Megastunts: Highwire Over Niagara Falls (9pm, ABC) - Live coverage of daredevil Nik Wallenda (at right in an Associated Press photo) as he attempts to walk a tightrope across Niagra Falls, a feat that has been banned since 1890.

Fairly Legal (9pm, USA) - In the Season 2 finale, Kate looks into the firing of a lesbian couple and uncovers a scandal that could involve DA Davidson.

The Ricky Gervais Show (9pm, HBO) - Topics include the origins of the universe and the evolution of creatures other than humans.

Common Law (10pm, USA) - The guys investigate a series of home invasions by a group of thieves and learn that Travis' foster brother could be their leader.

Louisiana Lockdown (10pm, Animal Planet) - An infiltration of drugs tests the security staff's ability to enforce the rules, and an assistant warden tries to find a balance between work and motherhood.

Comedy Bang! Bang! (10pm, IFC) - Amy Poehler is confronted about her hair and her feud with Mad Magazine.

What to Watch on Thursday: A bit of 'West Wing' on 'Parks and Rec'

The Vampire Diaries (8pm, CW) - Tyler returns to Mystic Falls and soon suspects that something has been going on between Caroline and Klaus.  

Parks and Recreation (9:30pm, NBC) - When Leslie (Amy Poehler) learns that the Parks Dept. budget is about to be cut, she persuades Councilman Pillner (Bradley Whitford, "The West Wing") to make the cuts elsewhere, but there are unforeseen consequences for her campaign. Also, Ron and Chris visit a meditation center together. Bonus: Poehler and Whitford get to do a "West Wing"-style "walk and talk," plus, it's a mini "West Wing" reunion with Rob Lowe, who plays state auditor Chris Traeger.

Scandal (10pm, ABC) - The team reluctantly helps a millionaire's son accused of rape. Meanwhile, Olivia takes on Amanda Tanner as a client, but can't put her own past with the President behind her when Amanda asks to meet with him.

Jesus Conspiracies (10pm, Discovery) - Scholars try to determine what Jesus did from ages 12 to 30 in the opener of a new series chronicling the life of Jesus via documents and artifacts from the Holy Land and the Vatican.

Awake (10pm, NBC) - I'm not giving up on pushing this show on you, even if it may get canceled. Tonight, Britten helps a couple adapt to the witness-protection program, inspiring him to prepare for his own new life in Oregon with his wife.

What to Watch on Saturday: Amy Poehler, Katy Perry on SNL debut

Cats 101 (8pm, Animal Planet) - This is the episode featuring Homer the Blind Cat. Should be good.

Sharktopus (Syfy) - An original Syfy movie starring Eric Roberts as a military scientist who develops a monstrous shark-octopus hybrid, which goes on a killing spree on the resort beaches of Mexico after the mechanism that controls the beast is accidentally destroyed. Sounds entirely plausible.

Maternal Obsession (9pm, Lifetime) - A new Lifetime movie in which Jean Kelly plays a child-obsessed counselor who plots to take the baby of a teenager (Kristen Prout) after the girl comes to her for advice on adoption.

Saturday Night Live (11:30, NBC) - The 36th season of SNL opens with Amy Poehler (right) as host and the banned-by-Sesame-Street Katy Perry as musical guest. SNL has a few new faces this year: Vanessa Bayer, Paul Brittain, Taran Killam, and Jay Pharoah.

It's also a great night to catch up on some repeats you may have missed earlier in the week, CBS is showing "Hawaii Five-0" (8pm) and "Blue Bloods" (9pm), and NBC is showing "The Event" (8pm) and "Chase" (9pm) and "Law & Order: SVU" (10pm).

The "Parks & Recreation" summer catalog

Last night's excellent episode of NBC's "Parks and Recreation" centered around Leslie Knope's efforts to put together the city's summer catalog for the Pawnee Parks Department.

Here's that catalog.

You can read about all the featured classes, including "Get Digital" (learn DOS and Lycos!) and "Raccoon Trapping" (never again fear raccoon attacks!).

But the staff bio section is the best. Did you know that April (featured on the cover) was born in Bjork's house in Iceland and enjoys reading "Family Circus" and traveling through time? She's also in charge of the bio section of the catalog, and no one checks over her work. 


Whatever else can be said about Sarah Palin...

...She is at the very least a heckuva good sport.

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