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Sunday 6/1

Second Chance: America's Most Talented Senior (NBC, 8-9 p.m.): It's a lot better than exploiting little children for their talent - and it may actually have some meaning to those who participate in the search for the most talented elder (although, I wish they'd look for the wisest elder, myself). Celebrity elders will judge the 50-and-over category. Shirley Jones, Barry Williams, and Estelle Harris lend their mature good spirits to the project.

Biography: The Post Impressionists - Van Gogh and Gauguin (A&E, 8-10 p.m.): Too bad they couldn't have thought of a more inspired title, but the story behind the brief collaboration of these two crude giants of the art world is positively exhilarating. Gauguin comes off as a delinquent, and Van Gogh a madman. But whatever their personal lives lacked in human kindness (Gauguin) or good order (Van Gogh), their contributions to art are unassailable. There's a bit more (though not enough to satisfy art lovers) about their creative processes than in most art biopics. What really matters remains on these glorious canvases and what they say about energy, life, and love. TV-PG

Out of Order (Showtime, 10-11:30 p.m.): When you have talents like Eric Stoltz, Felicity Huffman, and William H. Macy at your beck and call, why waste it on a nasty little TV series like this? Maybe it's because all us little folk need to be reminded of just how trivial are the lives of the Hollywood hangers-on. Stoltz and Huffman play a husband-and-wife writing team who struggle with the lure of lust more than is humanly natural. Huffman's character is already clinically depressed, yet she drinks like a fish and smokes pot, exacerbating her problems. Her yuppie husband, meanwhile, examines their life together as if it were a movie. Too bad he doesn't have a more lavish and loving imagination. TV-MA

Tuesday 6/3

Keen Eddie (Fox, 9-10 p.m.): Officer Eddie Arlette (Mark Valley) botches a narcotics bust in New York and must travel to London to capture the drug dealers who outwitted him. He finds himself in a familiar, yet strange culture that may look a lot more prim than it actually is. The series is very fast paced with wonderful assorted characters and over-the-top performances. It may be the best summer fun on network TV, though some folks may find it just too erratic. TV-PG

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