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March 20, 2011

SUNDAY

While you're sitting there in your pajamas, sipping your morning coffee and reading this, hundreds of your fellow citizens are running from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica in the "L.A. Marathon." The least you can do is tune in and cheer them on. (KTLA, 7 a.m.)

"40 Funniest Fails" succeeds in the alliterative-title department, but the "win" stops there. Clips of unwise and tomfool-ish behavior, culled from TV and the Internet, are featured in this special hosted by comedian Julian McCullough and his puppet pal Ralphy. (VH1, 9 p.m.)

MONDAY

"Cheers'" Kirstie Alley, "Kendra's'" Kendra Wilkinson and the "Karate Kid" himself — no, not Jaden Smith but Ralph Macchio — are among the celebrities putting their best feet forward on a new season of the mega-hit "Dancing With the Stars." (ABC, 8 p.m.)

TUESDAY

"Top Chef's" Marcel Vigneron puts a futuristic spin on the cooking-and-catering show with "Marcel's Quantum Kitchen." We can't wait to see his take on the classic soylent-green casserole; you might say the secret ingredient is … people! (Syfy, 10 p.m.)

WEDNESDAY

The crust? That's kind of a "staycation." And the mantle is lovely this time of year, but try booking space this late in the season. So if you really want to get away from it all, take a "Journey to the Earth's Core" in this new special. (History, 9 p.m.)

THURSDAY

Expect nary an F-bomb or N-word — this is TV, after all — when "Community" pays homage to director Quentin Tarantino's foul-mouthed 1994 crime tale "Pulp Fiction." With Yvette Nicole Brown and Gillian Jacobs (above, from left). (NBC, 8 p.m.)

FRIDAY

Alexandre Dumas' "The Corsican Brothers" it ain't … except that it kind of is: Wonder-twin teen stars Cole and Dylan Sprouse of "The Suite Life" and "The Suite Life on Deck" feel each other's joys and pains in "The Suite Life Movie." (Disney, 8 p.m.)

SATURDAY

Amanda Seyfried (below) is "Chloe," a call girl who upends the lives of a married couple (Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore) in director Atom Egoyan's sexy yet silly 2009 thriller, followed by Ms. Seyfried opposite Channing Tatum in Lasse Hallström's rather more conventional 2010 romantic drama "Dear John." (Starz, 9 and 10:40 p.m.)

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