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Weekend TV highlights, July 31-August 1, 2010

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SATURDAY

"Best Food Ever" marathon (6 p.m., TLC): Even if you can't commit to all the episodes, don't miss 9 p.m.'s tribute to cheese from coast to coast.

"Grease" (7 p.m., ABC Family): I can't help it; I love to watch how they edit the dirty parts out. Followed at 9:30 p.m. with the far superior "Grease 2."

"Lies Between Friends" (8 p.m., Hallmark): Gabrielle Anwar is an art authenticator who investigates the murder of her former roommate with the local sheriff (Craig Sheffer). I will be watching for subtext -- Anwar and Sheffer are exes who have a daughter, Willow, together.

"Strait-Jacket" (9 p.m., WCIU-Channel 26): Joan Crawford is an axe murderess who swears she's been rehabilitated in this 1964 schlockfest. "Joan still gets in product placement for Pepsi," notes host Svengoolie. "In fact, she also got the vice president of Pepsi into the cast as her doctor - without consulting director William Castle."

SUNDAY

"This Week With Christiane Amanpour" (9:30 a.m. on WLS-Channel 7): Let's give the new host a nice Sunday-morning welcome.

"Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated" (4:30 p.m., Cartoon Network): You owe it to yourself to sample the 11th incarnation of the classic series. With Matthew Lillard voicing Shaggy, Casey Kasem shifts to voicing Shaggy's dad. More disturbing: Shaggy and Velma are now dating.

"Freshwater Seas" (6 p.m., WTTW-Channel 11): Learn about the history and future of the Great Lakes. Part one of two.

"Rubicon" (7 p.m., AMC): Look for my review for the three-and-a-half-star conspiracy thriller in the Sunday paper. With back-to-back episodes and "Mad Men" at 9, make sure you stretch your legs occasionally to prevent blood clots.

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