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What's on TV this week? It's a shark! It's a tornado! Of course -- it's Syfy

July 6, 2013

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July 06--Normally, new series premieres from NBC and FX would get top billing here. But normally, there's not a little something called "Sharknado" premiering on -- you guessed it -- Syfy. Here's what caught my eye on this week's television schedule:

Sunday: "Sunday Best" 7 p.m., BET: It's "American Idol" for church choirs and it's back for a sixth season. Hallelujah!

"Masterpiece Mystery!" 8 p.m., PBS: The Inspector Morse prequel "Endeavour" kicks off tonight.

"Food Court Wars" 9 p.m., Food Network: "I'm just a po' boy; nobody loves me." Or maybe they do. Find out in the premiere of this new reality series.

Monday: "Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls" 8 p.m., NBC: While Jeff Probst sits in his trailer watching his big-screen TV and sipping champagne between "Survivor" elimination ceremonies, Grylls -- the real deal -- actually toughs it out with contestants in the New Zealand wild.

Tuesday: "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" 7:30 p.m., NBC: Betty's old "Mary Tyler Moore Show" co-star Ed Asner guests in the second-season finale. I hope the seniors aren't too spunky -- Asner hates spunk.

"Drunk History" 9 p.m., Comedy Central: Bob Odenkirk's Nixon meets Jack Black's Elvis in the television premiere of this series which finds celebrities reenacting historical moments as recounted by narrators who are completely wasted on booze.

"The Jeselnik Offensive" 9:30 p.m., Comedy Central: Comic Jim Norton and Jeselnik ex Amy Schumer are guests on tonight's second-season premiere.

Wednesday: "The Bridge" 9 p.m., FX: U.S. and Mexican detectives must work together to solve border murders in this new FX thriller.

"Camp" 9 p.m. NBC: What is honest-to-Pete good actress Rachel Griffiths doing in an NBC summer series playing the head of Little Otter Family Camp? I've gotta say slumming.

Thursday: "Sharknado" 8 p.m., Syfy: Remember that old, old "Saturday Night Live" land shark bit? That's basically the plot of this film, which finds the ocean-dwelling killing machines dropped into L.A. during a freak storm. It makes the phrase "raining cats and dogs" sound a whole lot nicer, doesn't it?

Friday: "Comedy Bang! Bang!" 9 p.m., IFC: Former "SNL" star Andy Samberg guests on the Season 2 premiere.

Saturday: "Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious" 9 p.m., OWN: Sitcom veteran Sykes hosts an hour-long stand-up special from Oprah's old Chicago studios.

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