FIGHTING FAT: ACTIVE AGING
8 p.m. Thursday, June 30
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
What with the governor dropping all those pounds, going on a running kick and writing a book that basically says all you have to do to get fit is stop stuffing your face, he’s kind of putting us all to shame. The problem is, without a big-bucks personalized diet and exercise regimen monitored by UAMS like the governor used, what’s a plain ol’ couch potato to do? Our seniors might be especially vexed by this question. With special dietary needs and often battling age-related diseases like stiffening of the joints and osteoporosis, it’s not as easy as strapping on the Reeboks and going running. Here, Dr. David Lipschitz of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics at UAMS offers some tips on being active at any age.
9 p.m. Tuesday, July 5
FX (Comcast Ch. 59)
Though we know there’s another FX show in this week’s highlights, we’d be remiss to not give a heads-up for the return of one of our favorites from last season: “Rescue Me.” Starring comedian Denis Leary, the sophomore season promises to be yet another feather in the FX cap. Based on the lives of a group of New York City firefighters still dealing with losing friends in the World Trade Center attack, it’s a well-written and often explosive show — one that’s not afraid to take the gloves off. In particular, be sure to watch for continued appearances by ex-Arkansas Times intern and Little Rock native Ashley Atkinson, who put in a stand-out performance late last season as the chunky girlfriend of a hunky firefighter.
9 p.m. Wednesday, July 6
FX (Comcast Ch. 59)
Morgan Spurlock, the docu-guinea-pig who almost killed himself eating nothing but McDonald’s food for his 2004 film “Super Size Me,” is back with this new series. Based on the idea that 30 days of living someone else’s life can change yours forever, the premiere episode — in which Spurlock and his girlfriend tried to live minimum-wage lives for 30 days — proves “30” to be head-and-shoulders above the reality show dreck. In an upcoming episode, a conservative Christian with a 9/11-spawned prejudice against Muslims spends 30 days in a large Islamic community in Dearborn, Mich. In another, an admitted homophobe spends a month in San Francisco’s Castro District, living with a gay roommate, working in a gay-owned business and worshipping at a gay-friendly church.