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What to Watch on Friday: Wal-Mart is now producing TV movies

The Jensen Project (8pm, NBC) - Perhaps this should be called the "The Wal-Mart Project." This original family adventure movie was produced and financed by Wal-Mart and Proctor & Gamble, because the companies believe people will buy their products if they see advertising on family-friendly programming. The movie is about two former members of a secret society of genius researchers who embark on a mission with their teen son to thwart a rogue colleague and secure potentially deadly technology. Along the way, family bonds are strengthened. And we're guessing, Wal-Mart rolls back prices on Charmin.

Eureka (9pm, Syfy) - A runaway project named "Tiny" causes a panic in the town during the Founder's Day celebration.

Haven (10pm, Syfy) - As she tries to adapt to her new life in Haven, Audrey joins Nathan in a probe of the destruction of a local bar, which is soon followed by other strange events.

DC Cupcakes (10pm, TLC) - A new unscripted series follows two sisters (alas, without multiples, as far as I can tell) who own a booming cupcake business in Washington, D.C. In the premiere, the sisters build a huge Mardi Gras mask out of 1,000 cupcakes and donate them to a charity fundraiser. In a second episode airing at 10:30, the sisters make a life-size dog out of cupcakes for a local animal shelter fundraiser.

Lester Holt takes you "Inside Secret Government Warehouses"

When I first got the screener for "Inside Secret Government Warehouses" (Syfy, 9 tonight) hosted by Lester Holt, I thought it odd. Why would Holt being doing an investigative doc on Syfy?

But pretty quickly into the show, Holt clues you in. He's pimping for the mothership! The look inside secret government warehouses was inspired by Syfy's hit "Warehouse 13." It's not a big ol' promo, but scenes from the show are shown, and its mentioned several times. Nicely done, NBC Universal.

So, Holt lends his gravitas (and his nice way with a suit) to an exploration of whether the government has been keeping UFOs from us and what's the deal with Area 51, whether the Camp Hero State Park was a center for testing for mind control and time travel, and what are those Catholics hiding in those Vatican archives.

What to Watch on Friday: New Syfy series based on Stephen King work

Friday Night Lights (8pm, NBC) - Riggins tells Tami (the Emmy-nominated Connie Britton) about Becky's "delicate situation," which puts Tami in a tough spot. Vince has to help his mom through a serious health crisis.

Whale Wars (9pm, Animal Planet) - The Sea Shepherd finally tracks down the Nisshin Maru, the Japanese whaling vessel they've been hunting for a month.

Eureka (9pm, Syfy) - In the fourth season premiere, the town is set to celebrate its 60th anniversary and Zane stuns Deputy Lupo with a marriage proposal. Also, Sheriff Carter jogs into a surprise meeting with Dr. Trevor Grant (James Callis, "Battlestar Gallactica").

Haven (10pm, Syfy) - In the first episode of this new supernatural drama series inspired by Stephen King's "The Colorado Kid," FBI Agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose, at right with Lucas Bryant) is sent to track an escaped federal prisoner who mysteriously dies shortly after reaching his hometown of Haven, Maine. Naturally, the people of Haven are just loaded up on various supernatural abilities.

What to Watch on Saturday: Puppies rescued on "Last Chance Highway"

Last Chance Highway (8pm, Animal Planet) - Shelly (left) seeks homes for a family of pups living under the porch of an abandoned house, one of which needs medical care that could hinder its adoption. Last week's series premiere episode airs again immediately after this episode. In that premiere we meet the animal rescuers who save dogs on the brink of euthanization and transport them across the country to adopting families.

AFI: Life Achievement Award to Mike Nichols (9pm, TV Land) - Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols ("The Graduate") receives the American Film Institute's 38th Life Achievement Award at a ceremony taped earlier this month. Guests include Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson.

Rock Docs: Rush (9pm, VH1 and VH1 Classic) - A profile of the Canadian metal trio Rush includes comments from their admires and contemporaries: Gene Simmons, Jack Black, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, Sebastian Bach. Rush has a new album out and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday.

Dinocroc vs. Supergator (9pm, Syfy) - Enormous reptiles escape from a research facility on a tropical island and munch on tourists, culminating in a clash between a prehistoric crocodile and a monstrous alligator. 

The Michael Jackson special programs continue today and tonight. Read the full schedule here.

What to Watch on Friday: "Whale Wars" fights the good fight

Friday Night Lights (8pm, NBC) - Coach Taylor realizes his East Dillon squad has problems both on and off the field. Also, Luke's injury worsens and Riggins makes a life decision that could backfire.

Whale Wars (9pm, Animal Planet) - It hasn't been a great week for whales, so it's comforting to know someone out there is fighting for them. In tonight's installment, the Sea Shepherds use their stealth boat the Ady Gil to ambush a Japanese reconnaissance vessel. Get 'em!

Merlin (10pm, Syfy) - In an effort to end Uther's reign, the sorcerer Morgause revives the formidable Knights of Medhir and convinces her half sister Morgana to cast a sleeping spell on the people of Camelot.

Miami  Medical (10pm, CBS) - A construction worker becomes trapped underground when a giant sinkhole opens, and Serena has an unexpected encounter with Dr. Kaye.

There are also a ton of Michael Jackson programs on tonight, marking the first anniversary of his death, including special editions of "20/20" and "Dateline." Read the full schedule here.

80s pop stars battle it out in Syfy flick

Former 80s teen pop stars Debbie Gibson and Tiffany will battle it out in an upcoming original Syfy movie, "Mega Python vs. Gatoroid."

In the movie, which will begin filming this month, Tiffany will play a park ranger who uses dangerous methods to save endangered alligators. Gibson will play an animal rights activist who frees illegally imported exotic snakes from pet stores into the Everglades, where they grow to enormous sizes.

Rest assured, there are cat fight scenes. The script has Tiffany and Gibson fighting at a party and then fighting outside in a swamp.

"The Phantom" gets a makeover by Syfy

I'm not a comics geek, so I don't know much about The Phantom (although I did see the big screen version with Billy Zane, but I've forgotten most of it) and I'm not angry that its being updated or that the costume was changed.

So I watched "The Phantom" (Syfy, 7 tonight) the four-hour movie just for entertainment value. And I was pretty entertained.

The film is a modern, re-imagined story of the character that's known as the first superhero and a costumed guy (he wore something similar to an old wrestlers outfit) who didn't have superhero powers.

What to Watch on Saturday: "Three Rivers" returns

Three Rivers (8pm, CBS) - An unaired episode from this canceled show (starring Alex O'Loughlin, left) about a team of organ transplant doctors. A bride is gunned down at her wedding, so the team attempts to harvest her lungs for transplant into a college basketball player. Yikes. Did I mention this is canceled?

4TROOPS (8pm, UNC-TV) - A concert from aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City by a singing group made up of U.S. veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan wars. 

Princess of Mars (9pm, Syfy) - An original Syfy movie about an American soldier who is mysteriously transported to Mars during a battle between two alien races. An adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "A Princess of Mars." 

Graham Norton Show (10pm, BBC America) - Graham Norton interviews Chris Rock.

Getting schooled in hunting ghosts

Some people don't believe in ghosts. That's not me -- I totally believe. It's the show "Ghost Hunters" I don't believe in, as much as I want to. And unfortunately, their spinoff "Ghost Hunters Academy" doesn't do much to convince me I should be tuning in.

Here's how it goes, if you haven't seen it:

Ghost Hunter 1: "Did you hear that?"
Ghost Hunter 2: "Yeah."
Me: "No."
GH1: "There. I heard it again."
GH2: "Me too."
Me: "Still not hearing anything."
GH1: "Whoa, did you see that?"
GH2: "Yeah! Man!"
Me: "What?! What?! I didn't see anything!"

And even if there is something, you watch for 40 minutes to see 2 seconds of a shadow flick over a wall or a little light flashing in a corner. Is that worth it??

"Witchville": Sorcery and karate kicks

Tonight at 9 on Syfy, you can get a little sorcery, a little palace intrigue, and a little family drama.

Those are some of the elements of "Witchville," an original film on the network. It's the story of Prince Malachi (Luke Goss), a reluctant son forced to take his part as the head of his country after his father dies. The land he returns to is a wasteland, made destitute by an unknown scourge.

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