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A homophobic preacher turns against himself in The Trials of Ted Haggard

Rev. Haggard packs stadiums with his oily sermons denouncing homosexuality. But then -- oops -- Haggard admits to consorting with a male prostitute. >More
 Trust Me: A hell of a sell

Trust Me (Monday, 9 p.m., TNT) is about a creative duo who work at an ad agency. That's it -- no ghosts, no vintage time period, no personality disorders. In short, no gimmicks. >More
 Multiple moms in United States of Tara

United States of Tara (Sunday, 9 p.m., Showtime) portrays the modern American family in all its mad glory. Like many harried moms these days, Tara (Toni Collette) has multiple personalities - though in her case that's not just a figure of speech. >More
 24: All in a day's work

24 was once an exciting experiment in long-form storytelling, each episode representing 60 minutes in a real-time tale. By season seven, though, that premise just feels like a gimmick. The season premiere (Sunday, 7 p.m., Fox) finds government agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) chasing yet another batch of terrorists, and not even a surprise villain can bring back the thrills. >More
 PBS's Antiques Roadshow to visit Madison in July

We're all gonna be rich. The PBS series Antiques Roadshow is coming to Madison on July 11, so all we have to do is haul our old junk out of the attic, show it to the Roadshow appraisers, and find out how many thousands of dollars we can sell it for. >More
 Damage control

Frontline's "The Old Man and the Storm" (Tuesday, 9 p.m., PBS) is about Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans and the government's bungling in the reconstruction. It focuses on one man, Herbert Gettridge, who was determined to rebuild his house in the lower Ninth Ward no matter what. Gettridge is a testament to the indomitable human spirit in the face of impossible odds - and by "impossible odds," of course, I refer to the Bush administration. >More
 Unhappy meal

Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven (Monday, 7 p.m., HBO) goes behind the scenes at the elegant New York City restaurant Le Cirque. That may not sound too dramatic, but you haven't met owner Sirio Maccioni and his sons. >More
 A holly jolly folly

Wisconsin Public Television's 30-Minute Music Hour (Saturday, 9:30 p.m., WHA) departs from its usual diet of regional acts for a national-caliber banquet featuring Grammy-nominated Loudon Wainwright III. Wainwright is a pro at the one-man-with-a-guitar routine. >More
 One for the ages

The Greatest Game Ever Played (Saturday, 8 p.m., ESPN) uses archival TV footage and radio broadcasts to re-create 1958's National Football League championship game between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts. Glancing at the title, you say, "No way." But ESPN emphatically answers, "Way." With its dramatic reversals, its unprecedented sudden-death overtime and its titanic players (Johnny Unitas, Rosy Grier, Alan Ameche), this was the game that made America fall in love with pro football. >More
 My liver is your liver

This week's Brothers and Sisters (Sunday, 9 p.m., ABC) begins in disharmony as the Walker siblings scramble to get out of Thanksgiving at their mother's house. All of them except Sarah (Rachel Griffiths) have plans to do something on their own. "I hope you all get salmonella and die," Sarah (sort of) jokes. >More
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