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Screen Gems: TV the week of January 16

Ellroy James Ellroy's  LA: City of Demons (10 p.m. Wednesday, Investigation Discovery) Crime writer James Ellroy takes an in-your-face tabloid look at the most infamous Los Angeles murders of the 20th century -- ranging from the stabbing of movie star Lana Turner's mobster boyfriend to the rape-strangulation of Ellroy's own mother -- in this lurid new documentary series.

Perfect Couples (8:30 p.m. Thursday, NBC) If TV bloodlines mean anything, this romantic-comedy series ought to have some laughs: One producer (Scott  Silveri) worked on Friends, another (Jon Pollack) on 30 Rock.

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena(10 p.m. Friday, Starz) Lucy Lawless headlines this six-episode prequel to Starz's hit blood-and-boobs series Spartacus.

Onion News Network (10 p.m. Friday, IFC) After three years on the Internet, this satirical collection of mock cable news clips ("Try out new recipes and find out what's killing America's children!'') moves to television.

Portlandia(10:30 p.m. Friday, IFC) Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen stars in a sitcom send-up of life in Oregon's most politically correct city.

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

  

 

 

 

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