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Friday TV highlights

August 26, 2011

SERIES

Doctor Who: BBC America kicks off a marathon of episodes from the long-running sci-fi drama's latest season, interspersed with a series of new making-of specials (5 p.m.).

Fringe: Olivia (Anna Torv) has William Bell's soul trapped inside her in this repeat of the trippy drama (9 p.m. Fox).

Paranormal Challenge: The abandoned and purportedly haunted Linda Vista Hospital in Boyle Heights is the next stop for this spooky series (11 p.m. Travel).

Heat Seekers: Spicy doughnuts and jalapeno mac 'n' cheese are on the menu when this food-themed travelogue visits Charleston, S.C. (10 p.m. Food).

Torchwood: Miracle Day: Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) is confronted by a man he thought was dead on a new episode of the science-fiction series (10 p.m. Starz).

Haven: Audrey (Emily Rose) and Nathan (Lucas Bryant) investigate a drowning in this new episode (10 p.m. Syfy).

SPECIALS

Life After Dinosaurs: The rise of mammals and the eventual emergence of humans are charted in this new special (6 and 9 p.m. National Geographic).

MOVIES

Taxi Driver: Robert De Niro is one seriously disturbed NYC cabby in director Martin Scorsese's gritty 1976 drama; Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks and Harvey Keitel also star (7:30 p.m. IFC).

Escape From Alcatraz: Clint Eastwood stars in this fact-based 1979 prison-break thriller directed by Don Siegel (9 p.m. CBS).

SPORTS

Preseason football: The Green Bay Packers play the Indianapolis Colts (5 p.m. CBS).

Baseball: The Angels visit the Rangers (5 p.m. FSN); the Cubs battle the Brewers (5 p.m. WGN America); and the Dodgers host the Rockies (7 p.m. FS Prime).

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