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Screen Gems: TV the week of August 15

The Big C (10:30 p.m Monday, Showtime) -- Showtime has managed to turn a serial killer into a hero in Bigc1 Dexter and make a warm domestic comedy about narcotraffickers with Weeds. Now: terminal cancer played for bitter laughs, with Laura Linney as a repressed schoolteacher who gets the bad news and Oliver Platt as her goofball husband. Check back later today for a full review.

Weeds (10 p.m. Monday, Showtime) -- Speaking of warm, domestic narcotrafficers, Nancy Botwin and her household of dopers are back for a sixth season -- this time, on the run after a murder. A warm, domestic murder, though.

Lake Placid 3 (9 p.m. Saturday, Syfy) -- I swear to you, I didn't know there was a Lake Placid 2. Really, how many swimmers have to be eaten by giant crocodiles before people switch over to a pool? Colin Ferguson of Eureka is the latest yokel not to grasp the situation.

Let me program your TiVo! Just click on my best bests for the week at www.tivo.com/guruguide.



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