June 27--An Oklahoman saves the world, a behind-the-scene look at a stage musical, a thank you for those who serve and an upclose look at "Star Trek" populate this weekend's TV schedule.
Andy and Officer Marlo Cruz, Swarek's new girlfriend, butt heads on their first patrol together in a new episode of "Rookie Blue," airing at 9 p.m. Thursday on ABC, channel 8. Their opposing methods are put to the test when they confront an emotionally disturbed woman and must decide whether to pull the trigger.
Save the world
Ryan Merriman, a native of Choctaw, will take the lead along with Tom Everett Scott, Emily Holmes and Andrea Brooks in the new Syfy film "Independence Day-Saster," premiering at 8 p.m. Thursday on cable 45.
When an alien invasion decimates America's defenses and the president's helicopter is shot down, the president's brother and a renegade scientist must figure out the aliens' weakness and defeat them or face extinction.
A hard-knock life
For fans of musicals, PBS' presentation of "Annie: It's the Hard Knock Life, From Script to Stage" is a treat. The one-hour special airs at 9 p.m. Friday on PBS, channel 11.
This documentary offers a look behind the scenes at every step of a single "Annie" production number, from the earliest discussions through casting to rehearsals to opening night on Broadway. Through the staging of the song "It's the Hard Knock Life," viewers are introduced to the work of the actors who play the orphans and the professionals who shape and contribute to the final production of the song, according to PBS.
Thanks for your service
The "Today Show's" Al Roker will be your host of "Operation Inspiration," a half-hour TV special designed to raise awareness of military families in need. The special, airing at 7 p.m. Saturday on KJRH, channel 2, cable 9, will feature NASCAR's Richard Petty, #43 driver Aric Almirola and other celebrities.
"Operation Inspiration" is joining with Operation Homefront to assist thousands of U.S. military personnel and their families who are requesting help because of financial distress, injury, or physical or mental impairment as a result of their military service. Text "INSPIRE" to 27722 to donate $5 to Operation Homefront.
A Banner 4th
The Banner sister and brothers must put aside their family feud and reunite their once thriving band for a Fourth of July concert to help their beloved hometown recover from hard financial times in "Banner 4th of July," debuting at 8 p.m. Saturday on Hallmark, cable 165.
Desiree Banner (played by former "American Idol" contestant Brooke White) owns her own record company but has struggled to find her perfect sound since leaving the band she once headlined with her brothers. When their mother has a heart attack, they all return home to take care of their mother, but Mom has other plans.
Live long and prosper
Get ready for "The Real Story: Star Trek" premiering at 7 p.m. Sunday on Smithsonian Channel, DirecTV HD channel 565.
The episode investigates "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry and reveals scientific advances that inspired the series or were inspired by its fiction. It features interviews with actor Leonard Nimoy ("Mr. Spock"), the producer of the "Star Trek" TV series, Roddenberry's son, Rod, and original members of the Star Trek fan club.
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