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TV channels the Internet

May 25, 2012

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Will Internet videos replace “television”? Or will television simply become a long list of programs showcasing Internet videos? Sporting a title that says so much about television (and life), “Insane or Inspired” (9 p.m., Syfy) counts down some of the more “out there” clips to be found on YouTube and elsewhere.

A peanut gallery of “experts” and quipsters chime in on short films chosen for their focus on imagination, invention and the extremes of human experience. Look for commentary from actors Amber Benson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Samm Levine (“Freaks and Geeks”) and TV personalities Brooke Hogan, Ralph Garman and Josh Gates, best known as host of Syfy’s “Destination Truth.” Comedians Ben Gleib, Owen Benjamin, Al Jackson, Jodi Miller and Eliot Chang also offer their two cents.

‘‘Insane” kicks off with the theme “25 Wildest Homebrewed Superheroes,” a roundup of backyard Batmen, home-bound Hulks and couch-bound costumed crusaders. Their “talents” range from the delusional to the dangerous, including one determined soul who hopes to kill zombies with a machete-flinging slingshot. That should be dismember-able!

• Memorial Day weekend means war movies and lots of them, from classics such as “The Dirty Dozen” (7 p.m., AMC) from 1967 to the 1970 combat feature “Kelly’s Heroes” (7 p.m., Military), starring Clint Eastwood. Look for Carroll O’Connor just before he became famous as TV’s Archie Bunker on “All in the Family.” That same year, “Kelly’s” co-star Donald Sutherland would become a huge star in “M*ASH,” the anti-war satire that would inspire the CBS TV comedy. And who can forget “Kelly’s” other star, Telly Savalas, who later played “Kojak”?

Director Quentin Tarantino reimagines World War II (or at least World War II movies) in the 2009 satire “Inglourious Basterds” (7 p.m., TNT).

Tonight’s other highlights

• A looming Arctic hurricane can’t keep some crew members from their Twitter feeds on “Deadliest Catch” (7 p.m., Discovery).

• Rob Lowe discovers his roots on “Who Do You Think You Are?” (7 p.m., NBC).

• A Wichita grandmother regales Steve and Amy with hair-raising tales on “The Dead Files” (9 p.m., Travel).

Cult choice

Decades before “Glee,” the 1980 musical “Fame” (2:30 a.m., TCM) mixed music, choreography and backstage melodrama.

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