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BEING BOBBY BROWN 9 p.m. Thursday, July 28 Bravo (Comcast Ch. 50) The reality show genre marches on. This time, someone said: “If we can’t get a famous person to do our reality show, let’s get a famous person’s spouse!” Great idea. Not. Still, with their increasingly weird activities and crackheadesque photos plastered across tabloid covers week after week, Bobby Brown and wife Whitney Houston are a hot ticket for the rubbernecking set. Given that, the strangest thing about this show might be just how normal they seem — spoiling their kids, going camping, bickering about little wife-and-husband stuff without Bobby resorting to his well-documented tendency for violence. One of these days, though, he’s gonna snap, and then it’ll be goooood. AUTOMANIAC: BIG ENGINES! 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 The History Channel (Comcast Ch. 70) Though we hate getting greasy these days, there’s just something appealing about the gadgetry of cars. It happens to be an obsession we share with millions, including former pro-wrestler Bill Goldberg. Here, building on his love of anything on wheels, Goldberg hosts his weekly prostration toward Detroit, “Automaniac.” Equal parts “How It Works” manual and gearheadfest, it’s a feast of go-fast, featuring the speediest creations the factory and aftermarket have to offer. This week, Goldberg goes in search of the purest examples of insane engines, taking a ride in a jet-powered fire truck, a 500 horsepower motorcycle, and a 2004 Dodge Viper powered by a surplus fighter engine. GOOD ROCKIN’ TONIGHT: THE SUN RECORDS LEGACY 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2) Back when a young truck driver named Elvis Presley walked into a little recording studio at 706 Union Ave. in Memphis to record a song for his mother’s birthday, few could have imagined the long shadow Sun Records would have over American music. One of the first studios to ever record groundbreaking artists like Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis and others, little Sun was to end up a bright light indeed. The country would never be the same. Here, filmmakers draw on archival footage and interviews with founder Sam Phillips and musicians like Jimmy Page and Paul McCartney to chart the Sun Records story and ongoing legacy.
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