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Comedies get boost from guest stars

August 8, 2012

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Singer, producer and “The Voice” mentor Cee Lo Green guest-stars on “The Soul Man” (9 p.m., TV Land) as Boyce’s (Cedric the Entertainer) former backup singer turned rival preacher. But he wants to leave the pulpit, so he asks Boyce to help him break the news to his congregation.

For the uninitiated, “Soul Man” concerns a former music superstar who leaves celebrity behind to take over his father’s church in a far less glamorous neighborhood in St. Louis. The adjustment to his father’s work is hard for Boyce, but he has it easy compared to his wife (Niecy Nash) and his children, who are a little more familiar with the good life than the good book.

• In other guest-star news, comedian Rita Rudner appears on “Melissa & Joey” (7 p.m., ABC Family) as Monica, Melissa’s estranged and disapproving mother. Rudner makes the most of the show’s obvious dialogue. Critiquing her daughter’s still-single status, Monica clucks, “I guess Mr. Right took a wrong turn.”

It’s natural to cast Rudner as a long-missing presence, as her appearances on episodic television have been rare and sporadic. Remember her guest stint on “The Nanny” in 1999? Perhaps not.

• “Paranormal Witness” (9 p.m., Syfy) returns for a second season of bumps in the night. “Paranormal” features interviews with folks who claim to have been terrorized by evil spirits and cinematic re-enactments of their ordeals.

• Now for the truly terrifying. A pint-sized personality from the pageant series “Toddlers & Tiaras” gets her own spinoff spectacle on “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” (9 p.m., TLC), a show that explores her family’s nonpageant shenanigans in rural Georgia. Mud will be splattered. Voices will be raised. Road kill will be cooked. Expect no deviation from stereotypes.

Tonight’s other highlights

• Scheduled events at the XXX Summer Olympics (7 p.m., NBC) include track and field, diving and beach volleyball.

• The fate of frogs is the focus of a 2009 episode of “Nature” (7 p.m., PBS).

• The Ewings circle the wagons after a medical crisis on the season finale of “Dallas” (8 p.m., TNT). This oil patch melodrama will return for a second season.

• A young witness speaks out about a doctor’s disappearance on “Final Witness” (9 p.m., ABC).

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