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Teen stars unite for mini-movie

June 11, 2011

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Two popular live-action cartoons join forces for a mini-movie of sorts, “iParty with Victorious” on “iCarly” (7 p.m., Nickelodeon). “iCarly,” set in Seattle, and “Victorious,” set in Los Angeles, meet and mingle in the city of Angels after Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) discovers that her dream boyfriend of nearly 100 days is carrying on a parallel romance with Tori (Victoria Justice).

After discovering this two-timing online, Carly also discovers that he and his lady conquest will be attending a posh party at a borrowed celebrity home in the Hollywood Hills. A road trip, a party and a confrontation ensue, accompanied by a ventriloquist dummy and a badminton racket-wielding panda bear. Don’t ask.

As crossover episodes go, “iParty” is no more contrived than usual. However if its intentions were to proclaim equality between its teen brunette stars, it fails miserably. Carly is clearly the more clever and proactive character and her quirky ensemble of pals more interesting. Tori seems like just another pretty girl who expects the party and the attention to come her way. On both “iCarly” and on her Internet show within the show, Carly is both the star and producer. And it’s clear that the writers and producers of this series respect her, I mean, their, career path.

As always, there is the matter of Carly’s creepy older brother (Jerry Trainor), who in this episode is continually trying to get the teens to cover him with lotion and give him back rubs. Maybe he can get his own show called “iPredator.”

• Harried single mother Brigid Brannagh (”Army Wives”) has no time for romance until an emailed love letter comes her way, in the made-for-television romantic comedy “A Crush on You” (8 p.m., Hallmark). Only she doesn’t know it was intended for another woman.

• If driving 18-wheelers over frozen water weren’t enough of a nail-biter, the recent dynamiting of a diamond mine has unleashed ancient, mythological reptiles in the 2011 shocker “Ice Road Terror” (8 p.m., Syfy).

• HBO Sports recalls one of the great rivalries of professional tennis in the 2011 documentary “McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice” (9 p.m., HBO).

Tonight’s other highlights

• Encore Westerns remember the late James Arness with a 24-hour “Gunsmoke” marathon (11 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday).

• Trouble in Paris on an unseen episode of “CHAOS” (7 p.m., CBS).

• A football star takes on high school bullies in the made-for-television drama “Field of Vision” (7 p.m., NBC) starring Tony Oller.

• The Doctor masses his forces on “Doctor Who” (8 p.m., BBC America).

• Scheduled on “48 Hours Mystery” (9 p.m., CBS): a child killer shows no remorse.

• The acclaimed remake of “Battlestar Galactica” (9 p.m., BBC America) begins its repeat run.

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