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Jonas Bros. return to ‘Camp Rock’

September 3, 2010

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With school begun or about to commence all over the country, Disney wraps up summer with the musical sequel “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” (7 p.m., Disney). Look for Mitchie (Demi Lovato) as well as Shane, Nate and Jason Gray (Joe, Nick and Kevin Jonas) to return. The Gray brothers return to Camp Rock in an unorthodox fashion after some roadside shenanigans puts their trailer out of commission. All arrive only to discover that a rival facility, Camp Star, has opened across the lake. Do you think there will be a rivalry? A sing-off? Summer romance?

You have to figure Disney is serious about the “Final” bit in the subtitle. Brothers Jonas are beginning to look a little long in the tooth for this sort of movie. Several of of the lads sport five-o’clock shadows and appear ready for the next stage in their careers. Whether that brings a new, edgier Jonas sound or a one-way ticket to “Where are they now” is up to the pop-culture gods to decide.

• “Human Target” (7 p.m., Fox) returns for four weeks of repeats before beginning its new season in this timeslot Oct. 1. Mark Valley stars as a private bodyguard and all around action hero in this comic-book-inspired series. Like “Flashpoint,” this drama first aired in Canada.

• “The Good Guys” (8 p.m., Fox,) will resume its fall season of new episodes in this timeslot Sept. 24. A cheeky send-up of the car-chase blow-’em-ups of the “CHIPS” era of television, “Guys” is worth catching just to watch Bradley Whitford huff and puff his way through his performance as an over-the-hill cop with a ridiculously dated mustache.

Catch “The Good Guys” while you can. It wobbled its way through its spring/summer season relatively unwatched before Fox pulled it from the schedule. And it now airs on a night that has been a real ratings-challenge for every network, but none more than Fox. Remember “Nashville”? It was Fox’s new Friday show in 2008 and ran for two episodes before getting canceled. 2009’s “Dollhouse” lasted a little longer.

• Seen last Sunday at the Emmys accepting an award for HBO’s mega-expensive miniseries “The Pacific,” Tom Hanks is all over the dial tonight, playing a Harvard symbology professor in director Ron Howard’s 2006 adaptation of “The Da Vinci Code” (4:30 p.m., FX). He portrays a teacher-turned soldier in director Steven Spielberg’s 1998 war epic “Saving Private Ryan” (7 p.m., TNT) and appears as himself (along with Spoon) on “Late Show with David Letterman” (10:35 p.m., CBS).

Tonight’s other highlights

• A mugging inspires Allison to study self-defense on “Medium” (7 p.m., CBS).

• Brooke Shields looks into her roots on “Who Do You Think You Are?” (7 p.m., NBC).

• A slab of concrete oozes blood on “CSI:NY” (8 p.m., CBS).

• An apparently tipsy woman in a bar provokes various reactions from strangers on “Primetime: What Would You Do?” (8 p.m., ABC).

• James Cameron’s 1997 epic “Titanic” (8 p.m., TBS) doesn’t really take 90 years to unfold. It only seems that way.

• A dangerous group of gunrunners includes Ed’s brother on “Flashpoint” (9 p.m., CBS).

Cult choice

A rickety house renovates itself by attacking its inhabitants in the 1976 shocker “Burnt Offerings” (1 a.m., TCM), starring Karen Black, Bette Davis and Oliver Reed, with Burgess Meredith in a supporting role.

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