July 11, 2009 in Features

Catch Keyshawn’s décor tips

 

I knew that once ex-NFL players appeared on “Dancing with the Stars” there would be no way of keeping them down on the Astroturf.

They’re everywhere, doing things not always associated with gridiron tough guys. Like working as interior designers, in“Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design” (noon, A&E).

This 11-episode series follows the retired wide receiver as he works with fabrics and furniture and finishes, makes exacting choices about hinges, handles and other details, and negotiates with contractors, carpenters, painters and an ever-shifting backfield of personal assistants and gofers.

As Vince Lombardi would never have said, the proper window treatment isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.

•Daisy Martinez, the longtime host of the PBS series “Daisy Cooks!” makes her move to basic cable with “Viva Daisy” (9:30 a.m., Food).

A Brooklyn native and daughter of Puerto Rican-born parents, Martinez learned to cook from her family and refined her approach at the French Culinary Institute. She’s been a regular contributor to “Every Day with Rachael Ray.”

•Two series air their final episodes tonight.

The whimsical romantic comedy “Eli Stone” (10 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) comes to an end. It combined magical realism and impromptu musical numbers in ways that some found utterly charming and others merely cloying.

It was clearly part of a trend on ABC that included shows like “Cupid” and “Pushing Daisies,” a trend that appears to be over.

Over on CBS, the murder and mayhem come to an end on a two-episode helping of “Harper’s Island” (9 and 10 p.m., TV-14), a cheesy serial about a serial killer set on a resort island during a wedding celebration.

•The notion of a plus-sized good girl getting the best of a vapid mean girl gets a new twist in new supernatural fantasy series “Drop Dead Diva” (9 p.m., Sunday, Lifetime).

In a premise less complicated than it sounds, a thin, shallow model-in-training (Brooke D’Orsay) expires in a collision with a fruit truck and then recoils when her soul inhabits the rather spacious confines of a brilliant, workaholic but hefty attorney (Brooke Elliott).

Over the course of the first season, “Diva” will feature cameos from Rosie O’Donnell, Tim Gunn, Sharon Lawrence, Jorja Fox, Kathy Najimy, Elliott Gould and legendary “Love Connection” host Chuck Woolery.

“Entourage” (10:30 p.m., Sunday, HBO, TV-MA) returns for a sixth season with changes looming and questions in the air. For starters: will the boys get tired of their frat-house existence before viewers grow tired of them?

Vince (Alan Grenier) appears to be on a comeback with his stint in Martin Scorsese’s “Gatsby,” but it looks like a begrudging lurch toward maturity may be breaking up his gang.

Vince’s manager Eric (Kevin Connolly) mulls the idea of moving out and getting his own place. And even Lloyd (Rex Lee), the doormat assistant to high-powered agent Ari (Jeremy Piven), has decided to stand up for himself.

Tonight’s highlights

Scheduled on “48 Hours Mystery” (8 p.m., CBS): a Wall Street trader moonlights as a bank robber.

David stands accused of treason on “Kings” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-14).

Sunday’s highlights

Morgana’s malady may be beyond medicine on “Merlin” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).

“Masterpiece Mystery” (8 p.m., KSPS) presents “Miss Marple: Murder is Easy.”

Christopher Lloyd and Jason Alexander star in the two-part “Meteor” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14), the second sky-is-falling network miniseries of the summer.


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