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Tune In Tonight: Wedding bells ring on ‘30 Rock’

November 29, 2012

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Look for a hesitant, postfeminist and self-consciously ridiculous walk down the aisle by Liz Lemon tonight as “30 Rock” (7 p.m., NBC) hurtles through its deliriously silly final season. Then again, the same could be said of the first.

• Bob Hope and Katharine Hepburn as you’ve (probably) never seen them: together! A Soviet pilot (Hepburn) falls for an American Air Force officer (Hope) in the curious 1956 Cold War relic “The Iron Petticoat” (7 p.m., TCM). Janet Leigh and John Wayne starred in a similar movie, “Jet Pilot,” which was shot in 1950 but not released until 1957 because producer Howard Hughes, suffering from mental illness, would not let the film out of his hands. Both strange efforts were loosely based on “Ninotchka” (12:30 a.m., TCM).

A comedy made in Britain, “Petticoat” sparked a public feud between Hope and screenwriter Ben Hecht, who thought that Hope’s gag writers had ruined his script and that his editors had all but removed Hepburn from the film. As a result, “The Iron Petticoat” has been screened only twice in the United States since its original theatrical release. Tonight marks its television debut.

• The new true-life re-enactment series “Panic 9-1-1” (9 p.m., A&E) recalls harrowing conversations between crime victims (or people who think they are about to become victims) and police dispatchers.

In addition to re-enactments, each segment includes interviews with witnesses, police officers, call dispatchers and, sometimes, the callers. The narrative keeps viewers guessing which potential victims will survive. Their fates remain a mystery until the end.

Tonight’s other highlights

• The machine coughs up the names of a married couple on “Person of Interest” (8 p.m., CBS).

• Angela turns to Dwight for help in coping with the senator’s infidelity on “The Office” (8 p.m., NBC).

• “Glee” (8 p.m., Fox) airs the Thanksgiving episode that didn’t air on Thanksgiving.

• A design contest yields a suspicious entry on “Parks and Recreation” (8:30 p.m., NBC).

• A fatal explosion uncovers new secrets on “Elementary” (9 p.m., CBS).

• Frank returns to his old haunt on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (9p.m., FX).

— Copyright 2012 United Feature Syndicate, distributed by Universal Uclick

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