What’s On This Week
SUNDAY, JULY 1
CONCERT FOR DIANA
VH1 | 11 A.M.
Diana was a pop princess, and ’80s rockers Duran Duran were her favorite band. They’re scheduled to perform at the Wembley Stadium memorial concert organized by her sons, William and Harry, on what would have been her 46th birthday. Others include Elton John, Joss Stone and Kanye West. VH1 will air the whole six hours starting that morning. NBC airs its own hour of highlights, 8 p.m. ET.
TUESDAY, JULY 3
HBO | 9 P.M.
Moving documentary about four head-trauma patients who’ve awoken from comas—but to what? This is not remotely Ellen Pompeo‘s instant recovery on Grey’s Anatomy.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4
FOX | 8 P.M.
This promising road-race thriller sputtered and fell from the lineup this spring, but now the final two hours get an airing. No show with Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men) is a complete wreck.
THURSDAY, JULY 5
CBS | 8 P.M.
Season 8 for the snarky reality show with housebound contestants. Hosted by Julie Chen, always as perky as a neighbor borrowing sugar.
FRIDAY, JULY 6
CBS | 9 P.M.
CBS canned this apocalyptic series, but renewed it when fans deluged the network with peanuts. Worth going nutty over? Try the repeats.
SATURDAY, JULY 7
NBC | 8 P.M.
Highlights from the massive concert event, staged on six continents to raise eco-awareness. Madonna (right), the Police, John Mayer and more are scheduled to sing.
The Next Best Thing
ABC, Wednesdays, 8 p.m. ET [2.5 stars]
This show, a talent hunt for celebrity impersonators, might have been more exciting as America’s Next Paparazzi Decoy. Imagine an Angelina Jolie lookalike, carrying lifelike dolls and sprinting across an airport-tarmac obstacle course to win immunity. So far we’ve seen an outstanding Al Pacino, several good President Bushes, some mediocre Stevie Nickses and Elvises and a so-so Elton John (who also did a so-so Ethel Merman singing “Oops! … I Did It Again”). The best thing about Best Thing is that everyone is a pretty good sport. Impersonators laugh off being rejected and frequently insulted by judges Elon Gold, Jeffrey Ross and Lisa Ann Walter. The Elton just smiled and squawked like a parrot.
Criss Angel Mindfreak
A&E, Tuesdays, 10 p.m. ET [3 stars]
Viewers’ awareness of illusionist Criss Angel probably levitated a few degrees higher in recent weeks with speculation over his relationship with actress Cameron Diaz. Publicity, isn’t that the true magic of our age? But Angel is the real thing: He’s an ace performer with a perfectly honed act, Vegas-slick but with a raggedy, punk-goth aesthetic that suggests he studied with that master of the black arts, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Some of Angel’s feats are grandstandingly, visually bizarre—it’s hard to top getting behind the wheel of a Lamborghini and making it (and yourself) vanish at 100 mph. But the show’s most enjoyable moments are more intimate, as he pulls off small-scaled yet intensely complicated tricks with coins and cards for suitably freaked-out bystanders. His show is a cool diversion for the summer.