TV Highlights: ‘Justice for Natalee Holloway’ movie; ‘American Experience’

May 8, 2011
HIGHLIGHTS

As a follow-up to the 2009 movie “Natalee Holloway” — which chronicled the disappearance of the Alabama teen in 2005 during a class trip to Aruba — Lifetime airs original movie ”Justice for Natalee Holloway” (at 8 p.m.), in which Tracy Pollan reprises her role as Natalee’s mother, Beth. The two-hour drama picks up after Natalee went missing, depicting how the suspected killer tormented Natalee’s mother with various false information. After the movie, docu-series “Vanished” (Lifetime at 10) debuts, as the real-life Beth Holloway talks to families around the country who have gone through unsolved disappearances of loved ones.

Wedding prep time kicks into gear on “Chuck” (NBC at 8), as Chuck and Sarah would like Chuck’s mother to show up to the ceremony — preferably safe and sound — so they race to save her life before it’s too late.

Because “House” (Fox at 8) can’t stand the thought of being wrong, he goes to great lengths to prove that he’s right during a bet over a boxing match with Wilson; of course, this involves House trying to help a losing boxer revive his fighting career.

Ted’s girlfriend, Zoey, has hurt the gang in every way possible on “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS at 8), and as the season heads toward its finale, Ted’s friends decide to tell him what they really think about his latest relationship.

“American Experience” (MPT at 9, WETA at 10) features “Soundtrack for a Revolution,” which looks at the civil rights movement and freedom music, from the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott in 1955 to Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968. Also included: performances from musicians such as Joss Stone, John Legend and Wyclef Jean.

Victoria has a major panic attack on the brink of her 30th birthday on “Mike and Molly” (CBS at 9:30) — because what could be worse than turning 30? — and requires Mike and Molly’s assistance with her crisis.

Reality series “Unleashed: K-9 Broward County” (Discovery at 10 and 10:30) wraps up with two episodes, featuring a crime-fighting K-9 team in Florida that consists of a deputy, his partner and a dog named Bali.

The detectives find out that beauty pageants are much more intense than they ever knew on “Castle” (ABC at 10), as Castle and Beckett team up to find out who strangled Miss Illinois before the competition.

“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC at 11:35) hosts singer and “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez and musical guest BC Jean.

Actor Albert Brooks visits “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), along with actress Kristen Wiig.

— Emily Yahr

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