FLIP THIS HOUSE
Sunday at 6 p.m. on A&E
Buy a dilapidated house. Fix it up. Sell it for big bucks. It's a familiar formula to many folks in sizzling housing markets, and now it's the subject of a new unscripted series.
The first episode of the show follows agents at Trademark Properties, a small South Carolina real estate company, as they hunt for homes that are ripe for the flipping.
PIZZA MY HEART
Sunday at 7 p.m. on ABC Family
Because of a family feud dating back to the "old country" (think "Romeo and Juliet"), the Prestolanis and the Montebellos of Verona, N.J., have been fighting over whose family makes the best pizza. In this movie, the situation heats up when Joe Montebello (Eyal Podell) and Gina Prestolani (Shiri Appleby) begin a secret romance.
Sunday at 9 p.m. on PBS
Pai (Keisha Castle-Hughes) is a 12-year-old girl who dares to challenge the ancient traditions of her Maori people in New Zealand. She angles to become the leader of her tribe despite the admonitions of the tribe's current leader -- her stern grandfather Koro (Rawiri Paratene).
Castle-Hughes earned an Oscar nomination for her role in the 2002 film. Tonight marks its broadcast debut.
Monday-Thursday at 5 p.m. on WETA,
Tuesday-Friday at 4:30 p.m. on MPT
Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk is part of this animated show's first summer "miniseries," with four episodes of "Hacker's Transformation." The CyberSquad must rescue their pal Slider from Hacker's clutches, and Slider is reunited with his long-lost father, Coop, voiced by Hawk.
BATTLE AT THE BRIDGES
Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC
Tiger Woods and John Daly do battle against Phil Mickelson and Retief Goosen in an 18-hole exhibition in the seventh version of this prime-time golf special. The Bridges course in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., is the site for the third consecutive year. The $1.7 million purse includes $300,000 for charity.
DECODING THE PAST
Monday at 9 p.m. on History
Dan Brown's novel "The Da Vinci Code" makes religious assertions that have stirred widespread controversy. The premiere episode of this new series explores the questions raised by Brown's novel. Future episodes examine some of history's most amazing prophets and prophecies, signs and wonders, and follow the trail of secret codes and clues that attempt to predict the future.
the dive from clausen's pier
Monday at 9 p.m.
Based on Ann Packer's bestseller, this movie stars Michelle Trachtenberg as Carrie Beal, who is engaged to her childhood sweetheart (Will Estes) but is reluctant to tell him she yearns to move on. Then at a picnic, he is paralyzed in a diving accident.
Conflicted about the relationship, Carrie leaves Wisconsin for New York. But when she returns home years later, Carrie encounters her former fiance once more.
WITH CASH PETERS
Monday at 9 p.m. on Travel
Armed only with his wits, British author Cash Peters is dropped off at an undisclosed location each week in this new series. He has to rely on the kindness of strangers for food and shelter, and there's no guarantee he'll succeed in charming the locals he encounters.
Monday at 10 p.m.
Author, culinary expert and traveler Anthony Bourdain believes "once you've sat down with people and eaten their food, their
whole world opens up to you." So he begins his food-centered travel series in France, where he looks at working-class Parisians such as meatpackers who consume wine and rare beef in the early morning. For the second show, on Aug. 1, he'll be in Iceland.
Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Bravo
In this new series from actor-producers Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace") and Todd Milliner, neophytes try to sell a sitcom.
From more than 10,000 scripts written by newcomers, the producers selected five semifinalists.
Two scripts were green-lighted to go into production. But it's the audience who gets the final call on which is best. After watching the production process, viewers see the completed 15-minute shows and vote online for their favorite. The winning scriptwriter gets $25,000 and representation for a year with a major Hollywood talent agency to help launch a writing career.
Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Discovery
Tired of your job? Wanna be a roadkill collector? A zoo cage cleaner? This series may cause you to rethink your plans.
Host Mike Rowe gets down and dirty, working with men and women who overcome fear, danger and stench in their daily tasks. He assumes the duties of bee removers, rattlesnake catchers and fish processors, and dives for golf balls in alligator-infested waters, among other things.
Tuesday at 10 p.m. on HBO
Bryant Gumbel returns as host of this magazine show. In the 100th episode, Gumbel, along with Frank Deford and Bernard Goldberg, reports segments on drug testing, heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, sports agent Drew Rosenhaus, and Vin Scully, the legendary voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
WIDE ANGLE: BORDER JUMPERS
Tuesday at 10 p.m. on PBS
This documentary spotlights a controversial fence built by Botswana to mark its 300-mile unstable border with Zimbabwe. The fence is at the center of an immigration dispute between the two nations.
R U THE GIRL WITH T-BOZ & CHILLI
Wednesday at 8 p.m. on UPN
T-Boz and Chilli, of the pop group TLC, search for a young woman to join them as they embark on the next stage of their careers after the loss of their partner, Lisa Lopes, in a car accident in Honduras.
For nine weeks, the duo will work with aspirants to find one with the right chemistry to join them. In the live finale, T-Boz and Chilli will pick the winner, and she will perform with the duo. She also will get to record a single with them.
Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Sci Fi
Plumbers-by-day Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson are back for a second season to work with the Atlantic Paranormal Society, an organization of volunteer paranormal researchers who attempt to solve mysteries.
And at 9 p.m., "Master Blasters," a daredevil reality series with father-and-son rocketmen Dan and Terry Stroud, debuts. Following at 10 p.m. is the season premiere of "Tripping the Rift," an animated series featuring the voices of Stephen Root, Carmen Electra, John Melendez and Maurice LaMarche.
LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER:
MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL
Thursday at 8 p.m. on WETA,
9 p.m. on MPT
In New York, music director Louis Langree opens the 39th Mostly Mozart Festival, at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, with music that evokes a concert one might have heard during the composer's time, when chamber music and songs were performed between movements of larger orchestral works.
The concert stars Grammy Award-winning soprano Renee Fleming and pianist Stephen Hough.
the law firm
Thursday at 9 p.m. on NBC
Real-life lawyers star in producer David E. Kelley's first unscripted series, a change of pace from the fictitious legal minds in "The Practice," "Ally McBeal" and "Boston Legal," Kelley's other projects.
In this eight-episode run, lawyers try real court cases with real clients in front of real judges and juries. The outcomes are legal and binding. As in "The Apprentice" and "American Idol," one lawyer will be eliminated in each episode. The last lawyer standing wins $250,000.
JOANNE KILBOURN On the case
Saturday at 1 p.m. on Lifetime
Wendy Crewson stars as Joanne Kilbourn, a former detective who left the police force when her husband was murdered. Now an investigative reporter, single mom Joanne encounters intrigue and murder in this 10-hour mystery marathon. The five films are based on the novels of Gail Bowen.
Saturday at 10 p.m. on HBO
Bill Maher's seventh solo stand-up
special, taped live in Portland, Ore., will be telecast as a 90-minute show.
Maher brings his trademark acerbic wit and his various rants to a wide range of social and political issues. Maher isn't Swiss, by the way -- he just claims to be when life in the United States upsets him.
-- Written and compiled by TV Week