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Screen Gems: TV the week of December 13

Explorer: Narco State (8 p.m. Sunday, National Geographic Channel) -- Nothing metaphorical about the Narcostate drug war in this tale of two cities along the southern U.S. border: Juarez, Mexico, these days know as Baghdad on the Border for its 1,800 murders a year, and Phoenix, Ariz., where home-invasion kidnappings average about one a day.

What Would Jesus Buy? (9 p.m. Monday, Sundance) -- Morgan Spurlock, best known for his addled if entertaining documentary Super Size Me in which he ate every meal for a month at McDonald's (his conclusion: corporate America is plotting to make you get fat and die) turns his guns -- er, cameras -- on Christmas. He has a fake evangelist of the Church of Stop Shopping tour American shopping malls during December as camera crews follow along. His conclusion: Corporate America wants you to buy stuff. Egad.

The Truth About Online Anorexia (8 p.m. Thursday, BBC America) -- British TV host Fearne Cotton starves herself in an attempt to lose weight. I was not exactly surprised to learn anorexia is bad for you, but I did have a good time imagining Cotton and Spurlock on a date. ``Dammit, Morgan, I'm tired of Big Macs! Can't we go somewhere where I can throw up a nice green salad afterward? . . .''

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


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