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Screen Gems: TV the week of July 18

The Pillars of the Earth (10 p.m Friday, Starz) -- Quite an oddity that spy novelist Ken Follet's bestselling book of all time is a historical novel about 12th century religious architecture. Even more of an oddity: that a book that sold 14 million copies took 21 years to find its way to the screen. Here it is at last, an eight-hour miniseries starring Ian McShane, Donald Sutherland and a cast of zillions.

Hewitt The Client List (9 p.m. Monday, Lifetime) -- Jennifer Love Hewitt plays a soccer mom turned hooker. I could tell you more, but honestly, why bother?

Dogs vs. Cats (8 p.m. Saturday, Animal Planet) -- In an attempt to settle the age-old dispute between these two (or, at least, their human owners), this show stages competitions on friendship, athleticism, cuteness, history, cleanliness, intelligence and cost. I dunno who wins, but I'm betting both cats and dogs outscore network TV programmers in every category.

Being Human (10 p.m. Saturday, BBC America) -- This funny, heartbreaking and sometimes terrifying series about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost yearning to reclaim their humanity returns for a second season and you're flat-out crazy if you don't watch: It's the best TV show of the summer.

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


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Rosa St.Claire

It is surprising that Follet's The Pillars of the Earth's has become his best selling book. I have not read it yet, even though I have read his other books. He's refreshing in choosing to write about other subjects than what is trendy at the time.

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