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Screen Gems: Television the week of January 9

Lightsout Lights Out (10 p.m. Tuesday, FX) -- This gritty new drama stars Holt McCallany (CSI: Miami) as Patrick Leary, a retired heavyweight boxer whose financial misfortunes may force him back into the ring. His fiercest opponent: his wife  (Catherine McCormack), whose threat to leave him five years earlier led to his retirement.

Antiques Roadshow (8 p.m. Sunday, WPBT-PBS 2) -– The 15th season of these tales of buried treasure in your garage opens with some episodes shot in Miami Beach. Writhe in agony as your neighbor’s butt-ugly vase turns out to be a Qing Dynasty masterpiece worth $80 gajillion!

Californication (9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime) –- When last we saw the lovably philandering, drunken, coke-headed ex-writer Hank Moody (David Duchovney), he was in jail for slugging a cop. As the show’s fourth season opens, he’s hitting on his defense attorney (Carla Gugino). There are a few funnier sitcoms on TV, but certainly none is filthier.

The Cape (9 p.m. NBC ) –- David Lyons (ER) stars as a down-and-out cop who decides to become a superhero, apparently a field with serious manpower shortages. Produced by Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun, former network programming chiefs who’ve probably lowered the IQ of the U.S. viewing population by a hundred points and are gunning for more.

Episodes (9:30 p.m. Sunday, Showtime) -- Two British comedy writers come to Hollywood to remake their sophisticated hit show for U.S. television ... only to discover that their lead character has been changed from an erudite headmaster to a hockey coach, and their Shakespearean lead actor has been replaced by Friends’ Matt LeBlanc. This new sitcom is a veritable festival of national character assassination.

The Game (10 p.m. Tuesday) -– Canceled and left for dead 10 months ago by The CW, this sitcom about a rowdy pro football player (Pooch Hall) and his no-nonsense wife (Tia Mowry Hardict) has been revived by BET. In its fourth season, Hardict’s character -– a former medical student -– is trying to become a reality TV star.

Onion SportsDome (10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central) –- The press release on this satirical sportscast -- “a 30-minute rundown of the finest in sports news, analysis, scores, highlights, rumor-mongering and petty personal attacks” -- pretty much says it all.

Martin Luther King Jr.: Footprints Through Florida (7:30 p.m. Thursday, WLRN-PBS 17) -– Tracking the civil-rights leader’s campaigns in Florida.

Note: Days and times for PBS shows are for the Miami area, and may differ elsewhere.

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


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