TV highlights, July 13-19 

LIZ LOVE FEST: On Turner Classic Movies.
  • LIZ LOVE FEST: On Turner Classic Movies.

7 p.m. Thursday, July 13
Turner Classic Movies
(Comcast Ch. 30)
Though she hasn’t got a lot of spunk left in her these days, there was a time when Elizabeth Taylor was one hot tamale. The girl with the violet eyes was a huge draw in her day, both on and off the screen, starring opposite some of the biggest actors of the ’50s and ’60s, including Richard Burton, Spencer Tracy and a young Paul Newman. Turner Classic Movies salutes one of Hollywood’s great talents and most endearing beauties with a prime-time dose of Taylor. Featured are eight of her early hits, including “Butterfield 8” (1960), “Suddenly Last Summer” (1959), “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (1958), “A Place in the Sun” (1951), and “Father of the Bride” (1950). Set your TiVo, pop some corn, and enjoy.

7 p.m. Sunday, July 16
AETN (Comcast Ch. 2, Broadcast Ch. 3)

Sure, we humans are pretty smart, but don’t flatter yourself into thinking we’ve got no competition when it comes to brain power. Close in line behind us are the aquatic mammals, particularly the killer whale. Exhibiting higher-order brain function and a form of language that allows them to hunt in packs, many scientists believe they’re only a few IQ points and an opposable thumb away from beating you at checkers. Here, “Nature” explores the life and times of the amazing orca. Included is the amazing story of a pod of early 20th-century killer whales who worked in cooperation with Australian fishermen, herding larger whales into a shallow bay and exhausting them to make them easier pickings for their human counterparts.

9 p.m. Wednesday, July 19
TNT (Comcast Ch. 29)

While horror writer Stephen King is best known for cranking out big ol’ scary books, the true fan of his writing knows he can spin a pretty good short story as well. Over the years, King has published four collections of his shorts, which range from goofy to scare-the-hell-out-of-you — including “The Man in the Black Suit,” which won the prestigious O Henry Award a few years back. Here, in a month-long, eight-hour event (two new, hour-long stories will appear each Wednesday night until Aug. 2), TNT serves up versions of the cream of King’s shorter fiction. The July 19 installment features two of the best. First up is “Umney’s Last Case,” about a hard-boiled fictional gumshoe (played by William H. Macy) who makes the leap to the real world. Next up is “The End of the Whole Mess,” about a filmmaker’s attempts to document the apocalypse.



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