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The Weeks guide to what’s worth watching

The best programs on TV this week

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life
Best known as the Tony-winning star of Broadway’s Hello, Dolly!—in which she performed more than 5,000 times—Carol Channing is still going strong at age 91. This affectionate, engaging profile reveals the actress to be a lot shrewder than Lorelei Lee, the character she played in Gentleman Prefer Blondes, her Broadway breakthrough. Monday, July 16, at 6:30 p.m., Showtime

Market Warriors
Take the offbeat discoveries and arcane wisdom of Antiques Roadshow, mix in the savvy of professional pickers and the allure of flea markets, throw in some competitive drama, and voilà: an enjoyable hour of television. The running commentary provided by host and comic actor Fred Willard (Best in Show) proves to be both edifying and entertaining. Monday, July 16, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings

Eureka
In the finale of this award-winning series, the titular Oregon town of oddball geniuses has been ordered shut down by the U.S. Department of Defense. But junior scientist Dr. Douglas Fargo (Neil Grayston) refuses to be moved (using a “strong force amplifier” for reinforcement), while random wormholes threaten to turn the town inside out. Several characters from past seasons return for the farewell episode of a show that brought its fans five seasons of playful sci-fi adventure. Monday, July 16, at 9 p.m., Syfy

Hard Times: Lost on Long Island
Recession and slow growth have contributed to making the suburbs home to the nation’s fastest-growing population of people living in poverty. Four Long Island families are profiled in this troubling documentary from Emmy winner Marc Levin. Tuesday, July 17, at 5 p.m., HBO

Sullivan & Son
Echoes of Cheers and All in the Family resound regularly in this new sitcom starring comedian Steve Byrne as a Korean/Irish-American lawyer who abandons Wall Street to run his father’s neighborhood tavern in Pittsburgh. The show’s jokes are as broad as its ethnic stereotypes, but skilled supporting players—including Dan Lauria, Christine Ebersole, and Brian Doyle-Murray—help provide the whole project with good-natured appeal. Thursday, July 19, at 10 p.m., TBS

Other highlights

American Gypsies
A Gypsy family in Manhattan holds tight to tradition while operating a chain of psychic shops in this new docuseries. Tuesday, July 17, at 9 p.m., National Geographic Channel

Andy Griffith tribute
TCM marks the actor’s recent passing by airing his superb performance as a hillbilly demagogue in A Face in the Crowd (1957), followed by No Time for Sergeants (1958), Hearts of the West (1975), and Onionhead (1958). Wednesday, July 18, at 8 p.m., TCM

Great Lake Warriors
This new docuseries follows tugboat captains who brave hazardous weather on the Great Lakes through much of the year. Thursday, July 19, at 10 p.m., History

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