Watch “Pitchmen” on Discovery at 10 p.m. EDT
Animated pitchman Billy Mays is hard to miss in his commercials for products like OxiClean and Fix It! Scratch Remover. In this new reality series, camera crews follow Mays (near left) and fellow pitchman Anthony “Sully” Sullivan during the entire infomercial process―from hearing pitches to filming the sometimes dangerous ads.
Read “What I Did on My Summer Vacation,” by Bruce Lansky
Kick-start summer break by reading this collection of 41 sidesplitting poems about warm-weather adventures like camping and the joys of no homework to your kids ages 7 and up. One humorous outtake: “Unhappy with silvery gray on her head/My auntie decided to dye her hair red/Then dove in our pool, not knowing chlorine/Would change Auntie’s hair to a frog-colored green.”
To buy: $9, meadowbrookpress.com.
Watch “Kick Like a Girl” on HBO on May 28 at 6 p.m. EDT
With two undefeated seasons in the Salt Lake City girls’ soccer league under their shin guards in 2005-2006, the Mighty Cheetahs decided to take their chances playing against the boys. The half-hour documentary directed by Cheetahs coach Jenny Mackenzie follows the team of third-graders as they face their male opponents, tune out sideline parents, and give a whole new meaning to “kick like a girl.”
Read “Beowulf on the Beach,” by Jack Murnighan
Your days of required summer reading might be over, but this guide to 50 classic works like Jane Eyre and Don Quixote is a must-read. Murnighan breaks down each book into categories like “What to skip” and “What’s sexy,” making this a better-written and far more entertaining version of CliffsNotes for the out-of-high-school sect.
To buy: $15, amazon.com.
Watch “Taken” on DVD
Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List) stars as ex CIA spy Brian Mills in this heart-pumping thriller about a father braving underground slums and high-society parties to rescue his kidnapped daughter, Kim (Lost’s Maggie Grace). The DVD features an extended cut of the film.
To buy: $17, amazon.com.
Tune In to “The Little Couple” on TLC
Hot on the success of the smash series Little People, Big World, TLC debuts another reality show featuring under-four-foot-tall stars on May 26 at 10 p.m. EDT. Newlyweds Bill and Jen―who are relocating from Long Island to Houston―face issues both big and small, from installing brake pedals in Jen’s new SUV to dealing with gawkers on the streets.
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