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Weekend TV highlights, July 4-5, 2009

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SATURDAY

"A Capitol Fourth" (7 p.m., WTTW-Channel 11): Jimmy Smits hosts the Independence Day concert, possibly because he was on "The West Wing." With Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklin, Natasha Bedingfield and more.

"Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" (8 p.m., WMAQ-Channel 5): Boom! With Rob Thomas, Jewel, Jordin Sparks, Kenny Chesney and more.

"Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular" (9 p.m., WBBM-Channel 2): Really? They also went with "spectacular"? What's wrong with "extravaganza"? Hosted by Craig Ferguson, and featuring Neil Diamond.

"Mothra" (9 p.m., WCIU-Channel 10): Mightiest monster in all creation! Ravishing a universe for love! Son of Svengoolie will protect you.

"Can't Hardly Wait" (8 p.m., MTV): For connoisseurs of teen movies, this one's a classic. The 1998 graduation party free-for-all starred everyone from Donald Faison to Jaime Pressley. Best part: Jenna Elfman, dressed as an angel hooker, reminiscing about her crush on Scott Baio.

SUNDAY

"Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?" (6 p.m., Lifetime): You must see this entry in the Tori Spelling oeuvre.

"Masterpiece Mystery!" (8 p.m., WTTW-Channel 11): A new Miss Marple movie, with the senior-citizen snoop trying to solve nursery-rhyme murders.

"Family Guy" (8 p.m., WFLD-Channel 32): The guys from "How I Met Your Mother" guest-voice.

"Angel and the Badman" (8 p.m., Hallmark): Enjoy the talents of "I'm a Celebrity" winner Lou Diamond Phillips, who stars in the new movie about Quirt Evans, notorious gunslinger, hiding out with a family of Quakers. With Luke Perry and Deborah Kara Unger.

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