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TV: Five shows worth watching tonight: March 7

A select viewing guide for Wednesday, March 7

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REALITY Urban Suburban HGTV, 8 p.m. ET; 5 p.m. PT Where does the average home buyer find true happiness? For many, it's an urban domicile close to city bustle and amenities. For others, it's a home in the suburbs, where land is plenty and the living is easy. In this series, brother-and-sister realtors Sarah Daniels and Philip DuMoulin present the advantages of each lifestyle. She's in firm support of the 'burbs, while he champions downtown living. In tonight's episode, they're in Vancouver to counsel the young couple Phil and Sarah, who are torn relocating to the quaint suburban community of Tsawwassen or the lively neighbourhood of Queen Elizabeth Park. The fact they have a seven-month-old baby factors heavily in their decision.

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DRAMA Republic of Doyle CBC, 9 p.m. ET/PT Turns out Canadian viewers will watch a homegrown program – if it's really good. This unabashed paean to Newfoundland still pulls in a million-plus viewers weekly in its third season. Give full credit to Bell Island-born Allan Hawco, who serves as executive producer and head writer and plays the titular role of Jake Doyle, a hard-luck gumshoe in scenic St. John's. Regular viewers will want to take note of tonight's new episode, which marks the return of that proud Newfoundland native Gordon Pinsent to his role of the roguish con man Maurice Becker, who suddenly pops up and starts spinning his fanciful fabrications.

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COMEDY Happy Endings ABC, CITY-TV, 9:30 p.m. ET/PT Yes, it's still on. Launched last season, this offbeat comedy has been described as Friends meets Scrubs with a touch of Seinfeld. Set in Chicago, the premise revolves around the sort-of-couple Dave (Zachary Knighton) and Alex (Elisha Cuthbert), who were supposed to get married until she pulled out at the last minute. Also in the mix is Alex's high-strung sister Jane (Eliza Coupe) and her yuppie husband, Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.), desperately single Penny (Casey Wilson) and the gay slacker Max (Adam Pally). The show mines most of its humour from failed relationships and mundane situations. Like tonight's new episode, in which Alex tries to convince Dave that he once did something terribly embarrassing (he didn't), while Max and Penny plot an elaborate scam to win a local scavenger hunt. If you're still mourning the loss of Friends, you'll love it.

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REALITY My Crazy Obsession TLC, 10 p.m. ET; 9 p.m. PT Not to be confused with TLC's My Collection Obsession or My Secret Addiction, this new series profiles individuals with extremely unique obsessions. Booked for an eight-week run, the format takes viewers into the lives of people who have given their lives over to infatuations with random objects, people or lifestyles. Two episodes air tonight. In the first, viewers meet Pat and Joe, who have amassed an enormous collection of infamous children's dolls, and Kitty Kay Sera, who is completely obsessed with the colour pink. The second show focuses on a nice lady who has filled her house to the rafters with Mickey Mouse memorabilia and another woman who owns more than 2,000 wigs.

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MOVIE A Walk on the Moon Vision, midnight ET; 9 p.m. PT Ranked No. 9 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Sexiest Movies of All Time, this 1999 drama is a heartfelt snapshot of recent history. Set in New York during the summer of 1969, the story stars Diane Lane as the bored housewife Pearl, whose husband Marty (Liev Schreiber) fixes TVs for a living. When Pearl takes the kids and her mom to upstate New York for the annual summer vacation, Marty has to stay in the city to repair more sets than usual, due to the impending Apollo 11 moon landing. Left to her own devices, Pearl falls for the charms of the handsome blouse salesman Walker (Viggo Mortensen), who convinces her to accompany him to the other big event of 1969: The Woodstock Festival. The time-capsule story is made even better through the use of great sixties pop music.

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