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Hallmark movie faces the music

August 11, 2012

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One of the “Designing Women” stars in a heart-tugger right out of “Glee” and “High School Musical” by way of “The Brady Bunch” in the 2012 message movie “The Music Teacher” (8 p.m., Hallmark).

When a music teacher (Annie Potts) has funding for her afterschool program cut, her former students — now successful professionals in their early 30s — band together to raise money to save the day. How? By putting on a show!

This film was produced in partnership with VH1’s “Save the Music” foundation that raises money to save and promote school music programs. Defending the arts against budget cuts was also a cause frequently espoused by the late composer Marvin Hamlisch (“The Way We Were,” ‘‘A Chorus Line”), who died earlier this week.

Saturday’s other highlights

• A turf war breaks out on the series finale of the largely unwatched police drama “NYC 22” (7 p.m., CBS).

• Tonight’s scheduled events at the XXX Summer Olympics (7 p.m., NBC) include track and field, diving and volleyball.

• Cesar discovers that Hugh Hefner’s King Charles spaniel needs some special attention on “Dog Whisperer” (7 p.m., Nat Geo Wild).

• Unexpected news rocks the lifestyle of a football star in the 2007 comedy “The Game Plan” (7 p.m., ABC), starring Dwayne Johnson and Kyra Sedgwick.

• The first FBI director (Leonardo DiCaprio) wields power as a keeper of secrets, while hiding a few of his own in director Clint Eastwood’s 2011 biopic “J. Edgar” (7 p.m., HBO).

• Scheduled on “48 Hours Mystery” (CBS): paradise lost (8 p.m.), freeing the West Memphis 3 (9 p.m.).

• Unsuspecting kids unleash a terrifying mythical creature that targets the son of the town’s sheriff in the 2012 shocker “Boogeyman” (8 p.m., Syfy).

• A veteran comic takes his act on the road on “Jeff Ross Roasts America” (10 p.m., Comedy Central).

Cult choice

A severed ear sends a young man (Kyle MacLachlan) on a dangerous journey of discovery in director David Lynch’s lurid 1986 melodrama “Blue Velvet” (7 p.m., Sundance.). Isabella Rossellini and Dennis Hopper co-star.

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