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Even celebs’ homes haunted

July 2, 2011

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If there’s anything more contrived than a ghost hunt, it’s a “Celebrity Ghost Hunt” (9 p.m., BIO). Particularly when the celebrities involved seem to be chasing the fumes of fame past.

OK, Eric Roberts still counts as a boldfaced name. He has a list of film and TV credits a mile long. Hey, the man was in “Sharktopus”! But to me he’ll always be the guy from “The Pope of Greenwich Village”: “Charlie. They took my thumb!”

Tonight, instead of appearing in one of those crazy Syfy Saturday night movies, the star of “Cyclops” joins a TV psychic to get to the bottom of some spooky doings at the Roberts abode. Roberts, who appeared in “Ninja’s Creed,” thinks he’s seen a female ghost in his kitchen. Professional psychic and “Paranormal” star Chip Coffey — whose name sounds like a flavor of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream — hopes to help Eric make contact and peace with his spectral visitor. Can closure be far behind?

Apparently, Christopher Atkins (“The Blue Lagoon”) has been haunted as well. A veteran guest-star on both “Silk Stalkings” and “Red Shoe Diaries,” the actor contends that a history of tragedy on his North Carolina gold mine has jinxed his excavating efforts. In short, a pesky ghost appears to be in the way of pay dirt.

It’s a delicate matter. I mean, how do you put it? “Sorry you’re dead, but could you move out of the way so I can get rich?”

Can Chip Coffey get past the ectoplasm to find the nuggets? Or will this simply remain Chapter 1 in the continuing saga of Christopher Atkins and the Mystery of the Haunted Gold Mine?

Tonight’s other highlights

• Sixteen hours of “Swamp Loggers” (8 a.m., Discovery) unfold, one episode at a time.

• The 2008 drama “Man on Wire” (7 p.m., Sundance) recalls daredevil Philippe Petit’s high-wire crossing between towers of the World Trade Center.

• Scheduled on “48 Hours Mystery” (9 p.m., CBS): A student faces suspicion after the death of her boyfriend.

• Undercover at a drug club on “Rookie Blue” (9 p.m., ABC).

• Kim Cattrall, Jessie Wallace and The Saturdays share anecdotes on “The Graham Norton Show” (9 p.m., BBC America).

• Vampires live for centuries. “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” (9 p.m., Showtime) only seems that long.

• Helen Mirren hosts “Saturday Night Live” (10:30 p.m., NBC), featuring musical guest Foo Fighters.

Cult choice

Years after the arrival of sound, Charlie Chaplin ended his silent movie era on a high note with the sentimental 1931 comedy “City Lights” (8 p.m., TCM).

Saturday series

A spy strays on “CHAOS” (7 p.m., CBS) ... “Minute To Win It” (7 p.m., NBC) ... On four repeat episodes of “Cops” (Fox): Florida (7 p.m.), Vegas (7:30 p.m.), ransom (8 p.m.), search and seizure (8:30 p.m.) ... “101 Ways To Leave a Game Show” (7 p.m., ABC).

Online chats can be murder on “CSI: NY” (8 p.m., CBS) ... Rival security teams on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (8 p.m., NBC) ... A party ends rather badly on “Law & Order: Los Angeles” (9 p.m., NBC) ... “Expedition Impossible” (8 p.m., ABC).

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