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"Five" offers few great moments, but a few good performances

With products and football players awash in pink and pink ribbons, you've probably noticed that it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"Five" (9 tonight, Lifetime) aims to raise awareness of the disease by focusing on the emotional issues surrounding the diagnosis, through five different stories, three directed by star names -- Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys and Demi Moore. The other two were handled by two women more experienced in the craft, Patty Jenkins ("Monster") and Penelope Spheeris ("Wayne's World").

The result is a well-intentioned, but uneven mix of tales, none with great moments of insight, but some with moments of grace and humor.

Lifetime airs Amanda Knox movie tonight

What a stroke of luck: Lifetime just happens to have a repeat of their original movie "Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy" on tonight's schedule. They were rushing yesterday to do a few updates to the film, which stars Hayden Panettiere as the American accused of murdering her roommate. The real Amanda Knox was acquitted in Italy yesterday and released from prison.

The movie airs tonight at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.

'SuperNanny' casting call in Cary

"America's SuperNanny," an unscripted television series in which desperate families get advice on taming their unruly children, will hold an open casting call in Cary on Saturday. The event is noon to 4 p.m. at Monkey Joe's on Walnut Street.

If possible, the whole family should attend the casting call. If you can't make the casting call, you can submit an application online.

"America's SuperNanny" is the latest incarnation of the global "SuperNanny" television franchise. British SuperNanny Jo Frost is no longer affiliated with the show, which aired for six seasons on ABC. So there will be a brand new American nanny taking over.

The new show will air eight one-hour episodes on the Lifetime cable network later this fall.

A Lifetime TV miracle: My serendipitous retro cake carrier

Two weeks ago I was watching the premiere episode of Lifetime's pretty good new cop drama "Against the Wall." About a quarter of the way through the episode, the show's star, Rachel Carpani (who spookily resembles a young Meg Ryan), takes a cake to her father, who is played by Treat Williams. She's buttering up her dad because she has some tough news for him: she has to tell her cop father that she, also a cop, has taken a job in the much-despised Internal Affairs division. The conversation doesn't go well.

It was an intense scene, full of drama. But my attention was on the retro aluminum cake carrier Det. Abby Kowalkski was toting. I'd never seen anything like it.

Instant wanting.

"Russian Dolls": The usual drama with a shot of vodka

I guess it's just a coincidence that the intro of "Russian Dolls" (10:30 tonight, Lifetime) features hyphenated-American women in furs walking arm in arm, which is the same way that VH1's "Mob Wives" begins.

And yet, it's kind of perfect because like "Mob Wives," "Russian Dolls" is about corruption; the corruption of values, morals and the American dream.

OK, I don't want to get too heavy; this is meant to be candy not spinach. We know that reality shows of this ilk aren't looking to deliver a serious assessment of a culture, in this case the lives of men and women "who live fully, love passionately and work hard as only they can in Brooklyn’s historic Russian-American neighborhood, Brighton Beach." They are about elevating stereotypes and girl fights. You know, drama.

"Against the Wall" has its flaws, but also has promise

The cop show is TV staple, yet despite its abundant selection of women in jeopardy, it's taken awhile for Lifetime to get one on the air.

Now suddenly, it has two. "The Protector" with Ally Walker and Tisha Campbell-Martin is pretty lame. But happily "Against the Wall" (Lifetime, 10 tonight) is better. Not fantastic, but solid and promising.

It starts with the star. Rachel Carpani plays Abby Kowalkski, a Chicago cop from a family of cops. She wants a promotion and a faster ticket to becoming a homicide detective; she discovers that the only way there is through a position in Internal Affairs, the division that investigates other cops. This does not please her dad (Treat Williams), and two of her three brothers (Brandon Quinn, James Thomas and Steve Byers); one is mostly supportive. Her only refuge is her mother, played by Kathy Baker. Abby also has a pregnant partner played by Marissa Ramirez.

"Hef's Runaway Bride": The story isn't as crazy as it seems

It's easy to mock Hugh Hefner (Joel McHale does a great job on "Talk Soup") but on "Hef's Runaway Bride" (Lifetime, 10 tonight) you might feel a little guilty for doing so. He comes across kind of sweet and sincere, the wronged party.

OK, it would be hard to believe the blonde, young Crystal Harris was madly in love with the octogenarian (Viagra-enhanced) lover, but this behind-the-scenes look at the-wedding-that-wasn't shows that maybe it wasn't about two people using each other for their purposes. What the show reveals is that something more typical happened: they were both doing what they thought the other wanted.

Yes, there were some machinations going on (after all, this was designed to be a reality show to promote the Playboy brand), but in "Hef's Runaway Bride" the relationship between the two seems sincere. Even Hef's sons, Cooper and Marston, speak about liking Harris, despite their concerns about their dad getting married.

"Magic Beyond Words": Rowling 101

If you know the story of J.K. Rowling, you know it's perfect fodder for a Lifetime movie. And while her life may not have played out exactly as portrayed in "Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story" (Lifetime, 8 tonight) -- it's an unauthorized biopic -- the movie is a perfectly pleasant, if basic overview of the famed author.

The movie opens with already successful Rowling (Poppy Montgomery), riding in a limo to a premiere with her fiance, then flashbacks to a very young Jo, playing a witch game with a friend in the forest.

From there the movie moves ahead quickly, focusing mostly on her deep love of writing from an early age, and her even deeper love of her mother, who gets multiple sclerosis and dies young. (Rowling has said she's estranged from her father, and in the film, her father's remarriage is touched upon as point of contention.)

Because "Roseanne's Nuts" don't expect dull moments

Roseanne Barr is smart and funny and honest and abrasive and more, all in a kind of unsettling way. Which makes her pretty interesting.

She's self aware too, as the title of her new reality show "Roseanne's Nuts" (Lifetime, 9 tonight) proves, and in just one episode you get a glimpse at her special brand of crazy, landing you dead center in her world, and making for a half-hour of jittery fun.

We meet Roseanne in her new life; she's chucked Los Angeles living to move to Hawaii with her boyfriend Johnny to run a macadamia nut farm and lead a more peaceful, simple life. Of course, because she has gobs of money, it's a big piece of land, but still.

What to Watch on Monday: 'Burn Notice' star heads Nora Roberts film

Nora Roberts' Carnal Innocence (8pm, Lifetime) - A famous violinist (Gabrielle Anwar of 'Burn Notice,' left) goes to Mississippi for some rest and relaxation, but instead finds the third victim of a serial killer on her grandparents' property. Her involvement in the case deepens when the man she's seeing (Colin Egglesfield of 'All My Children,' left) becomes a suspect.

The Bachelorette (8pm, ABC) - [Inhales deeply] Ah, life after Bentley. Ashley and the 12 remaining guys visit Thailand were she and 10 of them visit an orphanage for children who lost their families in the 2004 tsunami.

Single Ladies (9pm, VH1) - Val's boutique gets a lift from her new intern, and April plays matchmaker for Val. Meanwhile, Keisha meets some eligible rich bachelors and April's marriage crumbles in the wake of a scandal.

MasterChef (9pm, Fox) - The field of 100 is winnowed down to 38.

Switched at Birth (9pm, ABC Family) - Kathryn, John and Regina adjust to their new living arrangements, while Daphne spends time with Liam.

Teen Wolf (10pm, MTV) - Scott is excited for his first date with Allison, until it becomes a confusing group date with Lydia and Jackson in tow. Also, a mysterious animal attack occurs, putting Stiles' dad, Sheriff Stilinski, on high alert.

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