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This year, get a fireworks fix on TV

Dale Roe

Monday, July 4

"A Capitol Fourth 2011" 7 p.m., PBS: Happy 235, America! Little Richard, Steve Martin and "Glee's" Matthew Morrison are among the celebs joining the National Symphony Orchestra from our nation's Capitol.

"Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular" 8 p.m., NBC: With many fireworks displays canceled around Austin, you might as well tune in to watch Beyoncé and Brad Paisley perform while Manhattan lights up its non-drought-challenged, nighttime sky.

"Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular" 9 p.m., CBS: If there's anything that cello bows are good for, it's lighting fireworks from a safe distance.

Tuesday, July 5

"MasterChef" 7 p.m., Fox: Is 13 a lucky number for foodies? We'll find out tonight.

"101 Ways to Leave a Game Show" 8 p.m., ABC: No. 103 - Ride shotgun in Alex Trebek's Hyundai (yes, I am going to keep doing this every week as long as this show continues to air).

"19 Kids and Counting" 8 p.m., TLC: I assume they're talking about counting the minutes until the "Doogie Howser" rerun starts on Hub.

"Teen Mom" 9 p.m., MTV: Season 3 kicks off tonight.

Wednesday, July 6

"Flipping Out" 8 p.m., Bravo: Season 5 begins. Has it been four seasons already? I don't know; I've never heard of this show.

"I Shouldn't Be Alive" 8 p.m., Animal Planet: New Year's Eve skiers accidentally start an avalanche. Oops. It was that noisemaker, wasn't it?

"Restaurant Impossible" 9 p.m., Food: This meal will self-destruct in, oh, about seven hours.

Thursday, July 7

"Big Brother" 8 p.m., CBS: I'm guessing 13 - the season number of tonight's kick-off episode - will not be a lucky number for most of this reality show's houseguests.

"An American Family: Anniversary Edition" 8 p.m., PBS: A look back at the Louds, whose 1973 documentary chronicling seven months of family life might have kicked off the reality television genre.

Friday, July 8

"Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta" 8 p.m., TLC: The first of two back-to-back episodes kicks off the new season with a bride whose princess fantasy might not have a fairy-tale ending.

"Torchwood: Miracle Day" 9 p.m., Starz: The CIA is dying to know why nobody is dying in tonight's season opener.

"Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids" 9 p.m., TLC: This spin-off showcase finds brides and their attendants at odds over what to wear.

Saturday, July 9

"Dino Gangs" 7 p.m., Discovery: It's always bad when pterodactyls flash their colors on T-Rex turf.

"From Spain With Love" 8:30 p.m., Cooking Channel: Some of these joints are on my Tapas Ten list.

Sunday, July 10

"Special Edition of Primetime With Diane Sawyer" 8 p.m., ABC: Sawyer interviews kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard.

"Masterpiece Mystery" 8 p.m., PBS: Miss Marple takes on black magic in "The Pale Horse."

"Hoarding: Buried Alive" 8 p.m., TLC: In tonight's third season premiere, a woman wants to return to her childhood home, but she'll have to learn how to tunnel first.

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" 9 p.m., HBO: Larry loses his cookies in a transaction with the Girl Scouts in Season 8's premiere.

"Famous Food" 9 p.m., VH1: Lower-tier celebs try to launch a restaurant in the kick-off of this new reality show.