By Tom GliattoRennie Dyball and Jennifer Wulff
Updated July 23, 2007 12:00 PM
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What’s On This Week

SUNDAY, JULY 15

SIDE ORDER OF LIFE

8 P.M. | LIFETIME

A bride-to-be (Marisa Coughlan) suddenly gets magical hints that she should live a fuller life. This new series has too much sugar, but Coughlan (Boston Legal) gives off a soft golden glow. Jason Priestley plays her rich boyfriend—a not-quite-likable charmer.

MIND OF MENCIA

10 P.M. | COMEDY CENTRAL

New episodes of Carlos Mencia’s irreverent series. This week, he reprises a signature character, Judge Carlos, and brings a couple of wild animals into the city.

MONDAY, JULY 16

VICTORIA BECKHAM: COMING TO AMERICA

8 P.M. | NBC

The best-laid plans of Spice and men … This special about Posh’s new life in L.A. was originally conceived as a reality series.

TUESDAY, JULY 17

JUST FOR LAUGHS

8 P.M. | ABC

Six-episode comedy series, imported from Canada, using the venerable hidden-lens tradition that can be traced from Candid Camera’s Allen Funt to its modern master, Punk’d’s Ashton Kucher.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18

FERRETS

8 P.M. (TIMES MAY VARY) | PBS

All about people who love ferrets, which to nonfans may look like furry Slinkies. A silly, happy hour, it’s part of a series called The Pursuit of Excellence.

FRIDAY, JULY 20

SET FOR LIFE

8 P.M. | ABC

Jimmy Kimmel, operating at a lower energy level than Howie Mandel, hosts a new game show with an ultimate prize of nearly $4 million paid out across 40 years.

Saving Grace
TNT, JULY 23, 10 p.m. ET |

DRAMA

In her first role for series television, Holly Hunter plays Oklahoma City cop Grace Hanadarko, a scruffy, almost feral woman who generally looks as if she woke up in an ashtray. You were expecting a Carrie Bradshaw look-alike in Manolo Blahniks? This is the sort of tough, marginal character Hunter excels at, and she makes Grace real enough that you won’t balk at the show’s nutty metaphysical twist: After driving drunk and mowing down a pedestrian along a dark road, Grace is given a miraculous chance to erase this tragedy and fly straight with the help of a redneck angel. I mean that literally. Earl (Leon Rippy) likes beer, wears denim and comes accessorized with wings. When Grace stops snarling at Earl and accepts his spiritual help, her scrunched-up face relaxes into a look of near-orgasmic ecstasy. (Hunter, you’ll recall, does sexual hunger exceptionally well too.) Laura San Giacomo is a nice addition as Grace’s criminologist sidekick. She enthusiastically applies modern forensics to Grace’s strange encounters (determining that Earl’s feathers, for instance, have no recognizable DNA). It’s a little like Prime Suspect with an evangelical streak. But have faith in Hunter.