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Friday's TV highlights

August 27, 2010

SERIES

Whale Wars: The reality series ends its season with back-to-back episodes (9 and 10 p.m. Animal Planet).

Beyond Survival With Les Stroud: The "Survivorman" star ventures into the wilds of Sri Lanka in the debut of this new series (10 p.m. Discovery).

Chefs vs. City: Washington, D.C., is the latest stop on a new episode of this cooking challenge (10 p.m. Food).

The Pillars of the Earth: The miniseries set in medieval England and based on the Ken Follett novel ends its run with a double-length episode; Ian McShane and Matthew MacFayden star (10 p.m. Starz).

SPECIALS

The 2010 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards: Those on the technical side of your favorite TV shows are honored at the ceremony (1 p.m. E!).

Hurricane Katrina: The First Five Days: The 5th anniversary of the storm that devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast is marked in this new documentary special (7 p.m. MSNBC).

The Gulf Is Back: Community cleanup efforts in the wake of the BP oil spill are spotlighted in this new special featuring performances by Lonestar, Ricky Skaggs, Drake Bell, Brian McKnight and "American Idol's" Taylor Hicks, Bo Bice and Ace Young; David Hasselhoff hosts (8 p.m. KTLA).

MOVIES

The Heiress: Turner Classic Movies' salute to Olivia de Havilland includes the actress opposite Montgomery Clift in this 1949 melodrama (5 p.m. TCM).

Bruce Almighty: TV reporter Jim Carrey obtains god-like powers in this 2003 fantasy-comedy; Morgan Freeman and Steve Carell also star (8 p.m. Fox).

SPORTS

Baseball: The Cubs meet the Reds (4 p.m. WGN America); the Marlins play the Braves or the Yankees face the White Sox (4:30 p.m. MLB); the Dodgers visit the Rockies (6 p.m. FS Prime); and the Angels host the Orioles (7 p.m. FSN).

Exhibition football: The Chargers challenge the Saints in a preseason matchup (5 p.m. CBS).

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