BRIEF: TV critic’s picks: Thursday: On Burn Notice, Kim Cattrall before “Sex,” and roasting William Shatner.
By Neal Justin, Star Tribune, Minneapolis
July 21–Smokey and the bears
It’s clear from his appearance on “Burn Notice” (8 p.m., USA) that Burt Reynolds isn’t in the best of health, but the Emmy winner still knows how to deliver a lively one-liner as a former CIA operative targeted by Russian spies. He also represents the Ghost of Christmas Future for Michael (Jeffrey Donovan); their scenes together are quite touching, at least when they’re not beating the daylights out of the bad guys.
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before she was a socialite on “Sex and the City,” Kim Cattrall was a socialite in 1984’s “Police Academy” (9 p.m., CMT), the movie that launched a franchise and temporarily convinced us that Steve Guttenberg was a major talent. It’s worth a rewatch, if only to remind yourself that there was once a comic actor who based his entire career on vocal sound effects.
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William Shatner’s star appears to be rising, thanks to the buzz around his upcoming CBS sitcom, “$#! my Dad says.” If Cmdr. Kirk needs his head to shrink a couple of hat sizes, all he has to do is watch a repeat of “Comedy Central’s Roast of William Shatner” (midnight, Comedy Central), with the skewering courtesy of Jason Alexander, Artie Lange, George Takei and Lisa Lampanelli.
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