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Watch It! The Return of Rosie, Oprah and Pop-Up Videos, Aniston and Demi Direct, Luke and Laura Enlighten

Television highlights for week of October 10.

By , Columist

While networks yank new shows already — Free Agents, How To Be a Gentleman and The Playboy Club (no surprise) — more premieres roll out, including OWN’s Rosie O’Donnell show and Oprah’s latest, airing this week on five Discovery channels including TLC and Planet Green (that previously eco-friendly channel).

This Friday, PBS launches its Arts Fall Festival with a series of specials such as Cameron Crowe’s doc Pearl Jam Twenty, Women Who Rock and Steve Martin’s on banjo. Other premieres include Bored to Death, Psyche, and The Walking Dead. Plus the latest hot show, Enlightened with Laura Dern and Luke Wilson on HBO.

With programming like this, wonder why shows like Puppies vs. Babies, Hairy Bikers, and Why Am I Still Single get on the air? And there’s Tim Allen back on TV in the sitcom Last Man Standing with three daughters and no tools. Catch the following and get comfy on the couch tonight:

bored-to-death.jpgMonday, October 10

The Rosie Show at 7 pm on OWN

Rosie’s back, thanks to Oprah. And Russell Brand is her first guest. This daily show will include regular bits from her last go-round and leads into Oprah’s new show (you knew that was coming).

Oprah’s Lifeclass at 8 pm on OWN

Is this Oprah 2.0? Winfrey shares personal revelations. For the premiere she focuses on the fat wagon and false ego. A website offers online courses for viewers, too. J.K. Rowling, Ralph Lauren, Terry McMillan, and other guests chat this week.

Bored to Death at 10 pm on HBO

Jason Schwartzman moonlights as a detective in this clever series with the ubiquitous Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis.

Enlightened at 10:30 pm on HBO

The fantabulous Laura Dern gets unhitched, comes unhinged and seeks a path toward bliss—but unlike Eat Pray Love, it’s funny. Also stars Luke Wilson.

pop-up-video-logo.jpgTuesday, October 11

Pop-Up Video at noon-1 pm on VH1

The bubble that burst in 2002 is back with trivia bits and witty insights that annotate new music videos from Bieber, Black Eyed Peas and Bruno Mars. There’s fan interactivity, and considering the ridiculous time of day its on every day, of course, it’s online, too.

Scare Tactics! at midnight on SyFy

Tracy Morgan’s spooky hidden camera show creeps back with his ancestors as zombie-like mummies. Repeat of Monday at 9 pm but eerier at this hour.

scare-tactics.jpgWednesday, October 12

Work of Art: The Next Great Artist at 9 pm on Bravo

Sarah Jessica Parker’s show is back with fourteen artists vying for a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum and $100,000. Premiere challenge: use “bad” art.

Psych at 10 pm on USA

Premiere of sixth season for this corny comedy sleuth. Tim Curry is back as well as Cybill Shepherd, Corbin Bersen, Dule Hill, James Roday, and rest of the cast.

Thursday, October 13

Wynton at 50 at 8 pm on PBS

Imminent jazzbo Wynton Marsalis turns 50 and jams live at Lincoln Center with Jared Grimes, Gregory Porter, Marcus Roberts, Mark O'Connor, and Damien Sneed.

Wham! Bam! Islam at 10 pm on PBS

Part of the Independent Lens’ edgy documentaries unearths the weird and wonderful from hula to crossworders. This week: a Kuwaiti psychologist’s comic series of 99 superheroes based on the 99 virtues of Allah.

three-musketeers.jpgFriday, October 14

The Guthrie Theater Presents H.M.S. Pinafore at 10-11:30 on PBS

“Dear Little Buttercup,” American premiere theater in Minneapolis performs Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic witty operetta.

The Three Musketeers all night on TCM

One for all! In time for yet another version to hit theaters next weekend, these adaptations of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel feature D'Artagnan and pals. At 8 pm, the 1973 version stars Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Michael York, and Richard Chamberlain, then at 10 pm Gene Kelly and Lana Turner star in 1948’s swashbuckler.

Saturday, October 15

Five at 8-10 pm on Lifetime

Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, and Penelope Spheeris direct bittersweet film shorts, starring Patricia Clarkson, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Kathy Najimy, about the impact of breast cancer. (Repeat of Monday debut.)

Also, NASCAR racing on ABC, the American League’s baseball championship game on FOX and Hip Hop Awards on BET.

walking-dead.JPGSunday, October 16

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work at 8 pm on TMC

Documentary following a year in the life of the 78-year-old comedy queen and fashion cop.

The Walking Dead at 9 pm on AMC

Second season premiere of this zombie show darling about police officer Rick Grimes wondering if fear of survival is worse than facing the ravenous dead.

And there’s yet another Republican Presidential Debate on Bloomberg this week with Charlie Rose moderating for The Washington Post. Who’s the candidate of the week? Maybe it’s Ron Paul’s turn.

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Roberta Cruger has written for Salon, The Believer, the LA Times magazine, and more. She was the founding media editor of Creem magazine and a member of MTV’s original programming team. Based in LA, she covers the green carpet for Treehugger and entertainment as US correspondent for the AFP’s RelaxNews.

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