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Parker Posey runs rings around ‘Louie’

July 26, 2012

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As I’ve written before, comedian Louis C.K. has turned episodes of his sitcom “Louie” (9:30 p.m., FX) into miniaturized versions of independent movies, allowing guest stars to turn in remarkable performances.

This is especially true tonight, when Louie steps out on the town with the bookstore clerk (Parker Posey) he met in last week’s episode. Neither the audience nor Louie can tell if he’s out on the most exciting date of his life or the beginning of a waking nightmare.

Posey’s performance, while occasionally over-the-top, is often spellbinding. Don’t miss “Louie”; it’s the best thing you’ll see on television this week.

• Wes Dening (“Big Brother Australia”) hosts “Code 9” (7 p.m., Disney), a special effects-driven, hidden-camera comedy show for kids and their parents. Every week, a family member will be outfitted with makeup and prosthetics and confront an unsuspecting relative with a good-natured prank.

• TCM recalls the late Ernest Borgnine, who died July 8, with a 24-hour movie salute. Best known to TV fans for his signature 1960s sitcom “McHale’s Navy,” as well as “Airwolf” in the 1980s and his stint on “The Single Guy” in the mid-1990s, Borgnine was a rare Hollywood actor who could play the lovable lug and the violent heavy.

Borgnine won an Oscar as the lonely Bronx butcher in the 1955 film adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky’s teleplay “Marty” (8 p.m., TCM). In the 1953 drama “From Here to Eternity” (9:45 p.m.), Borgnine played the ultimate bully, Fatso, who beat Maggio (Frank Sinatra) to death. He was also in “The Wild Bunch” (midnight), the 1969 “anti-Western” that revolutionized the big-screen depiction of ultraviolent bloodshed.

Tonight’s other highlights

• Alex and Dawn have a showdown on “Saving Hope” (8 p.m., NBC).

• Charlie dates a smarter woman on “Anger Management” (8:30 p.m., FX).

• A shock wave on “Burn Notice” (8 p.m., USA).

• A missing person’s case begins to make sense on “Rookie Blue” (9 p.m., ABC).

vYoung Native Americans have a difficult time reconciling tribal ways with modern society on “Up Heartbreak Hill” on “POV” (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings).

• An unusual case on “Suits” (9 p.m., USA).

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