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It’s recycled shows vs. basketball

March 24, 2012

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NBC recycles a repeat of “Fairly Legal” (7 p.m.), a USA drama now in its second season. NBC’s decline as a competitive network has coincided with the success of its cable cousins, USA, Syfy and Bravo, so I’m surprised we don’t see more of this cross-pollination.

• Viewers can compare and contrast the original British version of “Being Human” (8 p.m., BBC America) with Syfy’s American adaptation (7 p.m. and 8 p.m.).

• ID’s tabloid-crime series “Deadly Sins” (8 p.m.) uses a “7 deadly sins” motif to dress up its true-crime re-enactment stories. Tonight’s episode explores lust with the stories of a seemingly dutiful husband made desperate by porn addiction and a churchgoer who became so consumed by his desire for the company of his neighbors’ wives that he murdered his own.

Tonight’s other highlights

• How often do shows or movies feature unions or union members on TV? Almost never. The most notable exception is the Lollipop Guild from “The Wizard of Oz” (5:30 p.m., Cartoon Network).

• The 2012 NCAA Basketball Tournament continues (5:40 p.m., CBS).

• The 1992 melodrama “The Bodyguard” (7 p.m., Lifetime), starring Kevin Costner and the late Whitney Houston, will be re-released in select theaters on Wednesday, March 28, for one night only.

• “20/20” (8 p.m., ABC) explores extreme afflictions.

Cult choice

A bowling-obsessed slacker (Jeff Bridges) becomes embroiled in a ransom scheme in the Coen brothers’ 1998 comedy “The Big Lebowski” (7 p.m., Ovation). A game cast includes John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro and Peter Stormare. Goodman and Turturro would return in the Coen brothers’ 2000 fable “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., AMC)

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