What to Watch this Weekend: July 13 - 15
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Follow John Leguizamo's artistic process on Tales From a Ghetto Klown
John Leguizamo’s Tales From a Ghetto Klown
10 p.m., KCTS
Since 1991, actor John Leguizamo has been writing and performing his largely autobiographical one-man shows on Broadway. This film — interspersed with interviews with family and celebrity friends — follows his process as he prepares to mount his latest work and returns to his native Colombia to perform the show in Spanish.
Comic-Con All Access Live
1 p.m., Spike
Chuck’s Zachary Levi and his Nerd Machine crew head to San Diego to bring us the biggest and the best news and interviews from this summer’s hottest geekfest — the 42nd annual Comic-Con — in this three-hour event that you don’t have to be a nerd to enjoy.
I Didn’t Do It
7 p.m. & 11 p.m., Discovery
Accused rapist Ronald Cotton is identified by the victim, tried and sentenced to a life in prison — yet he adamantly denies committing the crime. When he finds himself locked in a cell with the real rapist, Cotton must choose between seeking his freedom or killing his cellmate.
8 p.m., CHEK
After the murder of a famous treasure-hunter, Jim and Callie find themselves searching for a sunken Spanish ship believed to hold billions of dollars of gold aboard, along with the legendary adventurer Big Jack Hasker (William Atherton of Ghostbusters).
The Real Housewives of Vancouver
8 p.m., Global
In case you missed this made-in-Vancouver reality train wreck when it aired on Slice, Global is rerunning the series from the beginning. Let the head games begin . . . again.
The Ricky Gervais Show (Season Finale)
8 p.m., HBO Canada
Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington have their final pointless chat of the season.
Front Row Center
11 p.m., KCTS
Having written Grammy-winning songs for Taylor Swift and recording a duet with Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat has still flown just beneath the musical radar for the past few years. This intimate acoustic concert, featuring the singer accompanying herself on guitar, may change all that as she performs songs including “Bubbly,” “Realize” and “I Never Told You.”
Sat, July 14
An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars
8 p.m., NBC
In the latest made-for-TV movie inspired by the American Girl dolls, a young girl named McKenna (Jade Pettyjohn) dreams of becoming an Olympic gymnast until she’s sidelined by an injury. When she meets a disabled tutor who’s confined to a wheelchair, she realizes the importance of balance in her life. Nia Vardalos and Ian Ziering co-star as her parents, while Olympic silver medalist Cathy Rigby plays her coach.
8 p.m., Global & CBS
In the first of two back-to-back new episodes, Drena De Niro (daughter of series executive producer Robert De Niro) guest stars as an SVU detective who assists Kenny and Ahmed as they track down a serial rapist at a Harlem block party. In the second episode, Lazarus and Tonya help a couple being harassed by neighbourhood kids.
George Lopez: It’s Not Me, It’s You
9 p.m., HBO Canada
In his third HBO comedy special, talk-show host, sitcom star and comedian George Lopez discusses the travails of being a Latino in America, as well as taking on the well-worn subjects of dating, marriage, parenting and getting older.
10 p.m., Global
This documentary series looks at the final days in the life of musician Jim Morrison, who had been living in Paris with his girlfriend Pam Courson when he was found dead in a bathtub at the age of 27, with no autopsy performed.
The Firm (Series Finale)
10 p.m., NBC
As this John Grisham series closes out its first — and final — season, Mitch discovers the conspiracy surrounding the Patrick Walker case may involve much more than the mob. Meanwhile, a new villain enters the scene with plans to disrupt the wedding of Ray and Tammy.
10 p.m., ABC
Fans of film noir will get a treat out of this rerun that incorporates stylized black-and-white flashback scenes featuring stars Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic as a hard-boiled 1940s detective and a femme fatale when Castle and Beckett find themselves on a murder case with ties to the past.
Sun, July 15
The Films of Georges Méliès
9 p.m., TCM
If you saw Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, his Oscar-winning homage to the early days of cinema, you’ve seen his meticulously recreated scenes from the work of silent film pioneer Georges Méliès. Here, TCM has gathered together 17 of Méliès’ innovative short films (including A Trip to the Moon and The Impossible Voyage) for a rare two-hour marathon.
Queen & Country
5 p.m., WTVS; 8 p.m., KCTS
The Queen’s possessions include a lot more than just the Royal Swans, and tonight’s episode takes inventory of all her stuff, ranging from London landmarks such as Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London to the Channel Islands. Host Trevor McDonald also visits the Royal Collection, where more than 150 portraits of Her Majesty are on display.
Political Animals (New Series)
6 p.m. & 9 p.m., Bravo
This new six-part drama stars Sigourney Weaver as former First Lady Elaine Barrish, who lost her own presidential bid to Paul Garcetti (Adrian Pasdar of Heroes), who offers her the position of Secretary of State. Lest you think this is a thinly veiled biopic of Hillary Clinton, the story follows a different path when Elaine accepts the job only to be targeted by a determined journalist (Carla Gugino) with a not-so-hidden agenda.
6 p.m., WTVS; 9 p.m., KCTS
Inspector Lewis thinks there’s more than meets the eye in the case of a professor who appears to have committed suicide after a humiliating Internet dating video was posted online, especially when his own personal secrets start popping up online during the course of the investigation.
Small Town Security (New Series)
8:01 p.m., 9:37 p.m. & 11:09 p.m., AMC
This new unscripted series from the creators of Mob Wives follows the crime-busting exploits of a family-run security firm in rural Georgia. In the premiere episode, Joan Kaplan (known as “The Chief”) gets her own cable-access TV show and lives up to her “wild” and outspoken reputation.
9 p.m. & 11 p.m., Showcase
Kiera’s feelings about Carlos become conflicted when he’s the prime suspect in the murder of an investigative journalist during the run-up to the union elections.