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The church of Elvis

Elvis Presley isn't just the king of rock 'n' roll. He's also a religious figure, inspiring Jesus-level awe and reverence. So it's no surprise that myths would spring up around his life and death, and that gullible acolytes would buy them wholesale. >More
 Powers to the people

You can have Survivor and So You Think You Can Dance. For my money, Who Wants to Be a Superhero? (Thursday, 8 p.m., Sci Fi) represents the reality genre at its finest. >More
 Look homeward, angels

Fallen (Friday-Sunday, 7 p.m., ABC Family) is about a teenager who discovers he's half-human, half-angel. And not just any half-human half-angel--the Chosen One who will send fallen angels back to heaven. In the three-part series, Aaron (Paul Wesley) deals with normal teenage desires while struggling to come to terms with his new celestial role. Hey, we've all got our problems. >More
 Into the unknown

People always ask me what's worth watching on TV. This summer I've answered, with arms waving wildly, " Simon Schama's Power of Art!" "Oh, a documentary series on art," they say, sidling away from me as quickly as they can. >More
 Touched by an angel

Saving Grace (Monday, 9 p.m., TNT) starts great, with Holly Hunter leaping off the screen as an unapologetically randy detective. She's introduced buck naked, having gleeful sex with an otherwise worthless stud. She smokes, drinks, drives too fast, punches out sexual harassers and wears bad-girl sunglasses, all with panache. The first 15 minutes of Saving Grace are as enjoyable as any TV I've see this year. >More
 Sci-fi city

I overlooked Eureka last year, so please excuse me while I jump on the bandwagon for season two (Tuesday, 8 p.m., Sci Fi). It's a perfect mix of sci-fi gimmickry, character-based comedy and good old-fashioned drama. >More
 How I did it

In Spielberg on Spielberg (Monday, 8 p.m., TCM), Steven Spielberg discusses his career movie by movie. He begins with a great yarn about sneaking into the Universal lot as a teenager, determined to find a way into the film business. He crept away from his tour group and hid in a bathroom when no one was looking. The tour moved on without him, leaving him free to explore on his own. He wandered through soundstages, made a few connections and convinced the powers-that-be to let him stay. The rest is history. >More
 The spy left out in the cold

Burn Notice (Thursday, 9 p.m.) is another funny/exciting crime show from the USA Network, creator of Monk and Psych . Our hero is Michael Weston (Jeffrey Donovan), a spy who's gotten a "burn notice." He's been cut off by the government in mid-assignment, denied resources, protection and even communication with his handlers. He doesn't know why he's been let go, but he aims to find out. >More
 Unwanted war hero

Homosexuals aren't allowed to serve openly in the military. So they serve covertly, and Semper Fi (Monday, 7:30 p.m., Showtime) shows us how painful that can feel. >More
 Painted pain

I've done my time with Vincent Van Gogh: read the biographies, seen the documentaries, made the pilgrimage to Arles. But he's never come alive for me as he does in Simon Schama's Power of Art (Monday, 8 p.m., PBS). >More
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