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April 15, 2013

TV picks for this week

Lance Armstrong gets scrutinized, the Amish go wild and BET honors Halle Berry.

Here’s what to watch and what to avoid on television this week:


:“Independent Lens” 10 p.m., PBS: Lindsay Wagner and Lynda Carter are among those who examine how fictional female crime fighters have mirrored society’s attitudes toward women.


:“In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul” 8 p.m., PBS: Alabama Shakes and Mavis Staples join other artists in celebration of the iconic ’60s sound.

“Deadliest Catch” 9 p.m., Discovery: Season 9 raises anchor tonight.

“Awkward” 10 p.m., MTV: The bell rings for the start of Season 3 as Jenna is challenged by a demanding writing instructor played by “The Breakfast Club’s” Anthony Michael Hall.

:“Who Gets the Last Laugh” 10 p.m., TBS: Comedians engage in prank challenges in this new hidden camera contest. Eight words: “From the mind of executive producer Ashton Kutcher.”


:“Suburgatory” 8 p.m., ABC: Back-to-back episodes close out the second season tonight.

“Restaurant Impossible” 9 p.m., Food: Something’s fishy at the top of Season 6.


:“Breaking Amish” 8 p.m., Discovery Fit: The new reality series’ subjects land in the Big Apple and, I don’t know, probably start a fire with sticks and bake a delicious pie out of it.

“Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington” 8 p.m., HBO: Author Sebastian Junger (“The Perfect Storm”) directs a compelling and moving tribute to his friend, a war journalist killed in Libya.

“Gigolos” 11 p.m., Showtime: Season 4 of the male escort (messcort?) reality series begins tonight.


:“Chasing Ice” 8 p.m., Nat Geo: Say all you want about climate change — if the glaciers in these time-lapse photos get any smaller, we’re going to be picking them up with tongs and dropping them into our Scotch.

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