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Screen Gems: TV the week of March 14

Pacific The Pacific (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO) -- A bloody, harrowing and altogether transfixing miniseries following three U.S. Marines as they fight their way toward Japan during World War II. Check back later today for a full review.

Sons of Tucson (9:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox) -- In Invasion, Tyler Labine played a slacker oaf menaced by space aliens. In Reaper, he played a slacker oaf menanced by Satan. In Sons of Tucson, he plays a slacker oaf menaced by three smart-aleck kids. I don't know if the show will be a hit, but Labine is a shoo-in for the Emmy for Lifetime Achievement as a Slacker Oaf.

Minute to Win It (7 p.m. Sunday, NBC) -- Contestants compete for a million bucks in such categories as moving an Oreo from forehead to mouth using only facial muscles -- otherwise known as the NBC Executive Aptitude Test.

Sizing Up Sperm (9 p.m. Sunday, National Geographic Channel) -- A documentary following 250 million sperm -- none of them from NBC executives -- as they compete to be the first to fertilize an egg.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (8:30 p.m. Monday, Fuse) -- A live telecast of the ceremonies welcoming Abba, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, the Hollies and the Stooges -- as well a stellar crop of 1960s songwriters led by the late Ellie Greenwich -- to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Justified (10 p.m. Tuesday, FX) -- His bosses punish a trigger-happy U.S. marshal (Timothy Oliphant, Deadwood) by sending him from Miami to Kentucky -- are you guys sure you don't have it backward? -- in this series based on stories by Elmore Leonard.

Music of Ireland (7:30 p.m. Wednesday, WPBT-PBS 2) -- Aside from a drunken brawl fueled by green beer, what better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day than with performances by U2, the Chieftains, Sinead O'Connor, Pete Seeger and Irish musicians?

Ugly Americans (10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Comedy Central) -- Cartoon series about a New York City social worker who counsels zombies, werewolves, vampires and NBC executives.

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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