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Screen Gems: television the week of June 21

Virtuality (8 p.m. Friday, Fox) -- Thoughtfully scheduled on a Friday night, when most sci-fi geeks are at Virtuality home trying to clone themselves, this TV movie from the producers of Battlestar Galactica could become a series if it draws enough eyeballs. The show follows a spaceship on a 10-year voyage to another solar system. To pass the time, the crew has been equipped with a virtual-reality program that allows them to pretend they're surfing off Hawaii, fighting in the Civil War or boinking movie stars. But who's this increasingly sinister green-eyed guy who's begun turning up in everybody's virtual sessions?

Iran and the West (9 p.m. Monday, National Geographic Channel) -- Thirty years of diplomatic dysfunction wrapped into two thoughtful, informative and depressing hours. A good companion piece is Be Like Others, airing on HBO2 at 8 p.m. Wednesday: the unhappy plight of transsexuals in Iran.

Gimme Sugar: Miami (10 p.m. Monday, Logo) -- A reality show on South Florida's lesbian club scene. Look, could anybody in Miami who's not on a reality show just raise his hand?

NYC Prep (10 p.m. Tuesday, Bravo) -- A reality-show version of Gossip Girl, in which the kids aren't as pretty and don't speak such clever dialogue but somehow are even more spoiled.

The Philanthropist (10 p.m. Wednesday, NBC) -- ''The heroic adventures of a billionaire playboy-turned vigilante/philanthropist.'' Really -- I copied that right out of the NBC press release. Clearly inspired by Donald Trump's bringing that rogue Miss America to justice.

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


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