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Stars still around during rerun time

June 18, 2009

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On a lazy summer night filled with reruns and reality time-wasters, fans of shows past and present can still find some of their favorite stars. They might not be able to see them, but they can definitely hear their voices.

Fans of the recently canceled “My Name is Earl” will have to check out the the 2007 kids cartoon adaptation “Underdog” (6:35 p.m., Starz) to hear “Earl” star Jason Lee narrate the film.

The direct-to-video 2008 animated hit “Tinker Bell” (7 p.m., Disney) features a wealth of talent from series long-gone and recently canceled. They include Kristin Chenoweth (the voice of Rosetta), who appears in the just-completed “Pushing Daisies.” Lucy Liu (“Dirty Sexy Money” and “Cashmere Mafia”) can also be heard as the voice of Silvermist. Oscar-winner Anjelica Huston (Medium) is in the cast, as well as Kathy Najimy (“King of the Hill”), Jane Horrocks (“Absolutely Fabulous”) and Raven Symone (“That’s So Raven”). You can also hear “Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera. Tinker Bell is voiced by the talented young actress Mae Whitman (“State of Grace,” “In Treatment” and “Thief.”) That’s quite a cast for a film that was never released in theaters.

• Early next month, the Sci Fi network will become the SyFy network. The name change reflects the fact that the network will show more than just science fiction. As if to put an exclamation point on that fact, Sci Fi airs two James Bond films tonight, “Live and Let Die” (5:30 p.m.) and “Tomorrow Never Dies” (8 p.m.).

• TCM continues with an all-night festival of the films of French director Francois Truffaut, including “Jules and Jim” (7 p.m., TMC), “The 400 Blows” (9 p.m., TCM) and the cult “Wild Child” (see Cult Choice).

Tonight’s other highlights

• Lindsay Lohan guest stars on “Ugly Betty” (7 p.m., ABC).

• U.S. Open Golf (7 p.m., ESPN).

• A fast-food franchise owner is found slain in his kitchen on “CSI” (8 p.m., CBS).

• Michael leaves the country for the first time on “The Office” (8 p.m., NBC).

• Down to 16 on “So You Think You Can Dance” (8 p.m., Fox).

• High schoolers face an uncertain future on “16 and Pregnant” (9 p.m., MTV). But at least they’re not “Raising Sextuplets” (8 p.m. and 9 p.m., WE).

• Liz accompanies Jack at a boring corporate function on “30 Rock” (8:30 p.m., NBC).

• An angry arms dealer strong-arms Michael on “Burn Notice” (8 p.m., USA).

• After the murder of a software tycoon, Jane pits possible suspects against each other on “The Mentalist” (9 p.m., CBS).

• Toby falls under suspicion after accompanying a woman to a nightclub and she is found dead the next morning on “The Listener” (9 p.m., NBC).

• A politician’s son exhibits strange symptoms on “Royal Pains” (9 p.m., USA).

Cult choice

A doctor tries to civilize a young boy raised by wolves in director Francois Truffaut’s 1970 drama “The Wild Child” (3 a.m., TCM).

Series notes

On two episodes of “How I Met Your Mother” (CBS), Barney resurgent (8 p.m.), Ted dates a doctor (8:30 p.m.) ... An airliner’s kitchen becomes a crime scene on “Bones” (8 p.m., Fox) ... The Justice League arrives in the nick of time on “Smallville” (8 p.m., CW) ... Bailey has a new partner on “Grey’s Anatomy” (9 p.m., ABC).

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