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Salute to veterans is among the week's best bets on TV

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By Chuck Barney
Contra Costa Times
  • Seth MacFarlane

    Seth MacFarlane

Don't miss
"Family Guy": How did this happen? The absurdly irreverent animated series once canceled by Fox has now lived long enough to celebrate its landmark 200th episode.
In "Yug Ylimaf" ("Family Guy" spelled backward), Brian breaks Stewie's time machine, causing reality to run in reverse and forcing them to quickly fix it before Stewie becomes "unborn."
The episode is followed by a tribute featuring interviews with creator Seth MacFarlane and voice talent Mila Kunis, Alex Borstein and Seth Green; 9 p.m. Sunday, Fox.
Other bets
Sunday: Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise host the "National Salute to Veterans." It's a collection of highlights from past National Memorial Day concerts, plus fresh footage. Retired Gen. Colin Powell and actors Forest Whitaker, Jason Ritter and A.J. Cook are among the participants. 8 p.m., PBS.
Sunday: "The Good Wife" continues to attract quality guest stars as Christina Ricci drops by tonight. She plays a comedian who gets sued for indecency after baring her breasts on a late-night talk show. 9 p.m., CBS.
Monday: Some accused Oliver Stone of stretching the truth in his film "JFK," but the director stuck to the facts for the "Untold History of the United States." It's his 10-part documentary devoted to pivotal, but overlooked, events. 8 p.m., Showtime.
Tuesday: Josh Brolin narrates the crazily ambitious "Mankind: The Story of All of Us," a 12-part miniseries covering the entire history of the human race. Sounds like a laborious homework assignment to us. 9 p.m., History.
Tuesday: We've learned our lesson: Never watch "Parenthood" without a box of industrial-strength tissues at hand. Tonight's episode finds Adam and Kristina (Peter Krause, Monica Potter) trying to juggle the demands of daily life with her breast-cancer treatment. 10:01 p.m., NBC.
Wednesday: The critics hated it and viewers mostly ignored it. Still, "Whitney" was renewed and launches its second season Sunday, replacing that sitcom with a monkey that critics hated and viewers ignored. 8 p.m., NBC.
Thursday: "Crossfire Hurricane" is an electrifying new documentary that tries to squeeze the 50-year history of the Rolling Stones into 105 minutes. Included: Interviews with band members, archival footage and lots of great music. 9 p.m., HBO.
Friday: "We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston" has Jennifer Hudson, Celine Dion, Usher, Britney Spears and others paying tribute to the late pop superstar. We can only hope it blots out the reality TV stain that is "The Houstons: On Our Own." 10 p.m., CBS.
Saturday: Sappy TV movie alert: Marilu Henner and Harry Hamlin star as former love birds in "Holiday High School Reunion," a film that might force us to hit the eggnog a little earlier than we expected. 8 p.m., Lifetime.
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