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Is there more room at the ‘Inn’?

August 14, 2007

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Tori Spelling spends the second-season premiere of "Tori & Dean: Inn Love" (9 p.m., Oxygen) feeling queasy. And she wouldn't have it any other way.

After the birth of baby Liam, Tori and her husband return to their bed and breakfast only to discover it may require more upkeep than they can afford. Dean wants to get down to business, while the easily distracted Tori seems fascinated by a chance to appear on a London morning talk show. And who is to say she's not right? Media exposure might be more of a career booster than a mouse-free B&B.

So it's off to London with baby and nanny in tow - and persistent nausea to boot. Has the stork booked an early return flight? You'll just have to say tuned.

Tori appears to be having more fun in the disinherited heiress/reality TV phase of her career than she ever did during the Daddy's-little-rich-girl "90210" era. She's unafraid to look bad and feel sick on camera. And that takes a certain kind of brazen confidence that is both refreshing and amusing.

¢ An hour-long episode of "Dog the Bounty Hunter" (8 p.m., A&E) allows friends and family members to recall Duane Chapman's troubled early days. He dropped out of seventh grade 40 years ago. Thirty years ago, he was sent to prison on a homicide rap only to reform himself and emerge from prison a changed man. Or is that a changed Dog?

¢ The "Wide Angle" (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) documentary "Gaza ER" presents an intimate and harrowing look at the struggle for daily survival and sanity in the formerly occupied Gaza territory.

Filmed seven months after the landslide election victory for the radical Islamic party Hamas, a development that took everybody, including Hamas, by complete surprise, "ER" shows how doctors and hospital staff cope in the midst of an unraveling civil order. Even emergency rooms have become battlegrounds between feuding families or armed clashes between Hamas guards and police officers still loyal to the old Fatah regime.

"ER" also follows a young boy who earns a meager income for his family by selling glasses of tea to patients, doctors and soldiers on both sides of the conflict. It's a rare chance for American viewers to take a glimpse inside the pressure cooker that is modern Palestine.

Tonight's other highlights

¢ The top eight contestants perform on "America's Got Talent" (7 p.m., NBC).

¢ The final three emerge on "On the Lot" (7 p.m., Fox).

¢ Even con artists can get really sick on "House" (8 p.m., Fox).

¢ Scheduled on "Primetime" (8 p.m., ABC): crime stories.

¢ Mike pitches in at a heron hatchery on "Dirty Jobs" (8 p.m., Discovery).

¢ A toxic spill affects the dreaming life in a town of geniuses on "Eureka" (8 p.m. Sci Fi).

¢ Scheduled on "i-Caught" (9 p.m., ABC): Internet images in context.

¢ Patty's team prepares Katie for her deposition on "Damages" (9 p.m., FX).

¢ Not even an assured title soothes feelings between Martin and Jackson on "The Bronx Is Burning" (9 p.m., ESPN).

¢ Scheduled on "REAL Sports with Bryant Gumbel" (9 p.m., HBO): dog fighting; Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf; and pro wrestling.

Cult choice

Rock Hudson and Ernest Borgnine star in the 1968 Cold War thriller "Ice Station Zebra" (2:15 p.m., TCM), part of an all-day festival of Borgnine pictures.

Series notes

An officer's bloody car on "NCIS" (7 p.m., CBS) ... Rick Miller hosts "Just for Laughs" (7 p.m., ABC) ... Lorelai and Luke hash it out on "Gilmore Girls" (7 p.m., CW) ... Julie Chen hosts "Big Brother" (8 p.m., CBS) ... Shared vacations on "Beauty and the Geek" (8 p.m., CW).

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