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Opera’ with a little extra

June 23, 2007

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Gerard Butler and Minnie Driver star in the 2004 adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Phantom of the Opera" (7 p.m. today, Hallmark), directed by Joel Schumacher. This marks the basic-cable debut of the "Phantom."

Fans of the musical can see an additional hour-long documentary about the making of "Phantom." But don't go looking for it on your Philco. It will appear on Hallmark's Web site at www.hallmarkchannel.com directly after the movie's broadcast concludes. Viewers will also get a chance to listen to a never-before-heard song "No One Would Listen," sung by Butler.

¢ Married women from all over the world compete for the tiara on the Mrs. World 2007 Pageant (7 p.m. today, WE). The festivities were taped earlier this month in Sochi, Russia. Diane Tucker, the winner of the 2006 Mrs. America title went on to win Mrs. World.

The connection between pageants and the world of reality television grow ever closer. Tonight's hosts are the husband-and-wife team Christopher Knight (Peter Brady of the "The Brady Brunch") and Adrianne Curry (a winner of "America's Next Top Model"). The couple met on the set of the "The Surreal Life."

¢ "Crossroads" (7 p.m. Sunday, CMT), the concert series that pairs country stars with hit makers from other genres, presents a performance by Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson recorded live at the Ryman auditorium in Nashville.

McEntire and Clarkson complement each other. Both women have been called "America's Sweetheart" a few times during their careers. And neither singer is a stranger to television. Clarkson parlayed her position as winner of the first season of "American Idol" to sell millions of albums and singles. McEntire has been a driving force in country music for decades. She was the first country female singer since Patsy Cline to sell 5 million copies of one album. Back in 2001, McEntire appeared on Broadway in a critically acclaimed performance in "Annie Get Your Gun" and debuted in her own sitcom, "Reba," which ran for years on the WB.

Clarkson recently canceled her summer tour, but her new album project, "My December," will hit stores Tuesday. McEntire has an album of duets with Clarkson, Justin Timberlake, Vince Gill, Faith Hill and others, due for release in September.

Today's highlights

¢ "Split Ends" (5 p.m., Style) enters a second season. This reality series asks celebrity stylists to switch places with small-town salon owners, often resulting a culture clash and a bad-hair day.

¢ Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres animate the 2003 CGI feature "Finding Nemo" (7 p.m., ABC).

Sunday's highlights

¢ Scheduled on "Dateline" (6 p.m., NBC): a heroic rescue in Afghanistan.

¢ Two episodes of "Engineering the Impossible" (National Geographic) look at the construction of the Coliseum (8 p.m.) and the Great Pyramid (9 p.m.).

¢ Shaun's doctor suspects paranormal activity on "John From Cincinnati" (8 p.m., HBO).

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