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TV This Week

April 10, 2011

SUNDAY

So long, Liz: An all-day tribute to the late Elizabeth Taylor includes the actress' Oscar-winning turns in the 1960 melodrama "Butterfield 8" and the 1966 adaptation of playwright Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (TCM, 5 and 7 p.m.)

No joke! David Letterman receives a special honor named for Johnny Carson at the inaugural edition of "The Comedy Awards," a new ceremony saluting the funny in film and on television. (CMT, Comedy Central, Spike, TV Land and VH1, 9 p.m.)

MONDAY

She played a character called "Thirteen," and he's on the $10 bill: Olivia Wilde returns for the 150th episode of "House," and the Burr-baiting Founding Father (above) is profiled in "Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton." (Fox, 8 p.m.; KOCE, 10 p.m.)

TUESDAY

Whatever did celebs do to try to revive their fading careers before reality TV? "Braxton Family Values" gets you up close and personal with R&B singer Toni Braxton, and "Sinbad It's Just Family" does likewise for the veteran comic. (WE, 9 and 10 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY

No more "Kim-nappings." No more cougars. "24's" resident daughter-in-distress Elisha Cuthbert (below) is spared such Pauline-esque perils when she plays the better half of a broken-up couple in the new sitcom "Happy Endings." (ABC, 9:30 and 10 p.m.)

THURSDAY

After the debut of "The Paul Reiser Show," featuring the former "Mad About You" star, Will Ferrell reunites with his "Anchorman" costar Steve Carell with a guest stint as Dunder-Mifflin's new branch manager on "The Office." (NBC, 8:30 and 9 p.m.)

FRIDAY

Direct from Direct TV, the critically lauded, Texas-set, football-and-family drama "Friday Night Lights" takes the broadcast-television field for its fifth and final season. Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton star. Gatorade bath optional. (NBC, 8 p.m.)

SATURDAY

Remember when Saturday night meant a trip to the video store to pick a movie? Well, pick a movie: The new comedy "Truth Be Told" with Candace Cameron Bure and "JAG's" David James Elliott; the Amish-themed drama "The Shunning" with Danielle Panabaker and "ER's" Sherry Stringfield; or "Toy Story 3," the 2010 conclusion of the beloved Pixar series. (Fox, 8 p.m.; Hallmark, 9 p.m.; Starz, 9 p.m.)

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