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Weekend TV: Coweta man competes on USA's 'Summer Camp' starting Thursday

July 11, 2013


July 11--A new game show, a reality series featuring an Oklahoman, sharks swimming the streets of Los Angeles and the return of "The Newsroom" are just part of what's happening this weekend on a television near you.

Tag, you're it

Coweta's Justin Jackson will be among 16 contestants, ages 23-41, who will go to "Summer Camp" starting at 7 p.m. Thursday on USA, cable 34.

Jackson, aka The Hunter, will be among the "campers" who will compete in over-the-top challenges inspired by classic camp games in this new eight-episode reality show. At the end of the "summer," the remaining competitors face off in the "Campathalon." Meet the contestants, including Jackson, at

Sharks and tornadoes

Syfy's new film "Sharknado" gives new meaning to the term "landsharks."

In the film, debuting at 8 p.m. Thursday on cable 45, a supersized storm sucks sharks from the ocean and hurls them onto land.

A beachside bar owner, a bartender and a local drunk team up with the bar owner's ex-wife to investigate the ecological nightmare that has sharks swimming through the streets of Los Angeles and falling from the sky. Be there or be square.

Let's play a game

Sean P. Hayes is taking over television. Well, it seems that way. He has the NBC new situation comedy "Sean Saves the World" coming out this fall with Tulsan Samantha Isler playing his daughter, he's producing "Hot in Cleveland" and "Grimm," and now he's adding "Hollywood Game Night" to his credits.

The show, which has "Glee's" multi-talented Jane Lynch as host, features A-list celebrities and contestants competing against one another in a cocktail-party atmosphere based on the real-life game nights of creator Hayes. Guest stars will include the likes of Martin Short, Alyson Hannigan, Kristen Bell, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and Daniel Dae Kim. It premieres at 9 p.m. Thursday on NBC, channel 2, cable 9. For a preview, go to

It's Christmas in July

Yes, it's true -- if you have the Hallmark Channel.

This famously feel-good channel is airing Christmas movies at 7 p.m. most nights on cable 165. On Friday, Lacey Chabert plays a baker who is stranded by Santa Claus in a small town along with her boyfriend's best friend. Being a Hallmark movie, my guess is that the best friend is better boyfriend material than the real thing. Merry Christmas.

New on Saturday

On Saturday, Nickelodeon, cable 33, introduces the new comedy series "The Haunted Hathaways" at 7:30 p.m., and BBC America's "Being Human" returns for its fifth and final season at 9 p.m. on cable 45.

First thing we do ...

The staff of a fictional TV news show is preparing for depositions for a lawsuit sparked by the airing of a story based on a mysterious tip in the season premiere of "The Newsroom." It returns at 9 p.m. Sunday on HBO, cable 300. The show is fictional, but Aaron Sorkin's "Newsroom" stories are often inspired by real-life events.

In Sunday's episode description, Will (Jeff Daniels) and the "News Night" staff are questioned by their lawyer about a story that's become a network crisis, an on-air remark by Will has him pulled from 9/11 anniversary coverage, Jim (John Gallagher Jr.) volunteers to cover for an embedded reporter on the Romney campaign, and Neal (Dev Patel) investigates the beginnings of Occupy Wall Street.

Whodunit, Mr. Morse?

Rookie Constable Morse is up against a kind of murderer in "Masterpiece Mystery: Endeavor, Series 1: Fugue," premiering at 8 p.m. Sunday on PBS, channel 11. The entire police department must work around the clock when a string of homicides occurs in Oxford. A special expert is brought in to help, but it may be that Morse's love of opera is the key to stopping the killing spree. In case you missed last weekend's fascinating "Endeavor: Girl" episode, it is repeating at 11 p.m. Saturday on the same channel.


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