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Screen Gems: television the week of May 31

Burn Notice (9 p.m. Thursday, USA) -- I don't like to throw around superlatives, but without hesitation I Burnnotice2 will say that Burn Notice, USA's action comedy about a blacklisted spy, is absolutely the best TV show ever made in Coconut Grove this century. As it returns for a third season, the CIA is no longer mad at out-in-the-cold spy Michael Weston . . . but the Miami cops are. And if you've seen Dexter, you know that's much, much worse.

Stagecoach (10 p.m. Monday, AMC) -- John Ford's classic 1939 Western about a group of troubled passengers on a dangerous cross-country trip provided the template for everything from Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat to Joss Whedon's Firefly. And it's got John Wayne, too.

The Listener (9 p.m. Thursday, NBC) -- Finally, a doctor who tells you where it hurts. In this Canadian import, Craig Olejnik (The Timekeeper) plays a paramedic with telepathic abilities, apparently one of the little-understood benefits of socialized health care.

Royal Pains (10 p.m. Thursday, USA) -- USA Network may be getting a little carried away with this whole blacklisting thing. In this new comedy drama, Mark Feuerstein (Good Morning, Miami) plays a doctor blacklisted in New York City who's forced to move to the Hamptons and treat rich hot chicks: Grapes of Wrath for the millennial generation. Paulo Costanzo (Joey) plays his sidekick brother.

Let Miami Herald TV critic Glenn Garvin program your TiVo! Just click on his best bets for the week at www.ti /guruguide.


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Mark Feuerstein?!!! You've got to be kidding!! Don't the Royal Pains producers know that he's the kiss of death? Every show he's been in has tanked.

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