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TV: Five shows worth watching tonight: Sept. 7

A select viewing guide for Friday Sept. 7

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FOOD Restaurant Takeover Food Network, 7 p.m. Only the foolish and the brave dare venture into the restaurant business. Launched last week, this new Canadian series features two food-industry hotshots lending their expertise to help a restaurant in desperate need of an update. With hidden-camera footage, the pros attempt to find out what’s missing from each restaurant’s success recipe, followed by a planning session for a makeover. In tonight’s show, designer Paula Velez and chef Corbin Tomaszeski focus on Curry + Roti, a struggling Caribbean-themed eatery in Scarborough, Ont. The savvy pair present a simple important question to the owners: Do you want to be a take-out joint or a fine-dining establishment?

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CHARITY Stand Up to Cancer ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CTV, Global, 8 p.m. It’s a very rare occasion when TV networks agree to work with each other, so pay attention to this annual special. Back for a third straight year, the commercial-free hour boasts an impressive range of celebrities exhorting the public to donate money to cancer research. Expect donation pitches from the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Seth Rogen, Julia Roberts and Gwyneth Paltrow (who also co-executive produced the program). There are also scheduled musical performances from Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys and Coldplay. Viewers can donate by text messaging and at the website standup2cancer.org. Give till it hurts.

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DESIGN Celebrities at Home HGTV, 9 p.m. Don’t you love it when a new show is explained entirely in its title? Launching tonight, this breezy new series takes viewers inside the well-appointed homes of the rich and famous, with three celebrities covered in each episode. In tonight’s opener, country singer Naomi Judd opens the doors of her Nashville domicile, Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell proudly shows off the outdoor living room of her L.A. mansion and former Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean provides a tour of his well-appointed Malibu estate.

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REALITY Jersey Shore: Gym, Tan, Look Back MTV, 10 p.m. Last call for Jersey Shore. In case you missed the news, the MTV reality series will call it a day at the end of its upcoming sixth season, which begins October 4. Since launching in 2009, the series has made global celebrities out of Nicole (Snooki) Polizzi and Mike (The Situation) Sorrentino, along with several other guidos and guidettes. This retrospective special provides a sneak peek at the season ahead while reflecting back on some of the show’s most memorable moments, most culled long before the days when Snooki had a baby. Hey, remember when Snooki got drunk and fell down? Good times.

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MOVIE Hearts in Atlantis Vision, midnight Based on a Stephen King novella, this 2001 film features Anthony Hopkins in yet another typically ominous screen turn. The Oscar winner plays an elderly drifter named Ted, who rents a room from small-town single mom Liz (Hope Davis) and her son Bobby (Anton Yelchin). It's soon evident that Ted has some psychic abilities and so does Bobby. As their bond deepens, Ted asks the boy to keep an eye out for the "low men" – supposedly sinister beings with bad intentions and an appetite for house pets. As in most of his films, Hopkins's commanding presence elevates a predictable story to a higher level.

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