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“The Looney Tunes Show”

Tuesday 8pm, Cartoon Network
The old “Looney Tunes” cartoon shorts remain brilliant even decades after their original airings. Don’t believe me? Try watching any of those Road Runner/Wile E. Coyote clips. They just don’t make them like that anymore. Except they do! Cartoon Network is bringing back Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tasmanian Devil, Marvin the Martian and the whole “Looney” gang for this new series, which transplants Bugs and Daffy from the forest to the big city. There they interact with a string of colorful neighbors both familiar (Speedy Gonzales, Sylvester and Tweety, Pepe Le Pew) and new. Let’s hope they can stand up to the flawless originals.

“Lady Gaga Presents The Monster’s Ball Tour”

Saturday 9pm, HBO
The backlash against Lady Gaga has already started in anticipation of the release of her next album, Born This Way, set to drop later this month. This always happens. America builds up its pop icons and then rips them apart with equal glee—in this case, by alleging that Gaga ripped off Madonna’s “Express Yourself” in her new single “Born This Way,” and dismissing her outrageous performances as silly or lame. Gaga is surely a shrewd enough observer of pop culture to have seen this coming, which is probably why she did this concert special at Madison Square Garden. Say what you will about Gaga, but her music is catchy as hell, and she’s a step above the other studio-produced pop outfits around right now. This should be one hell of a show.

“Why Not? With Shania Twain”

Sunday 11pm, OWN
Shania Twain achieved massive success in the late ’90s with a string of hits that not only brought her to the top of the country charts, but made her ubiquitous on mainstream pop radio. Then, at the height of her fame, she disappeared, after her last album of new material came out in 2002. Eventually, news broke that her marriage to renowned music producer Mutt Lange was over, due to Lange’s affair with Twain’s best friend. In a bizarre twist, after their divorce, Twain then married the former husband of Lange’s mistress. Apparently, this all sounded like perfect fodder for a TV show, so Oprah Winfrey gave Twain her own docu-series that followed her plot to win back her career, while she confronted issues with her voice, her impoverished childhood and her former husband’s betrayal. Look for cameos by music legends Gladys Knight and Lionel Richie. 

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