Here are a few programs to look out for in the upcoming week ...
THURSDAY 8 P.M. Sworn to Secrecy, The History Channel. "D-Day Deceptions." Part of a boatload, as it were, of D-Day shows on The History Channel, this one seems very intriguing. A miracle of deception tied up German army divisions across Europe as the Allies concealed the greatest assembly of men and machines in military history. The time and place of the D-Day Invasion were shrouded in mystery by misleading maneuvers, false information and phantom armies. Charlton Heston narrates. A little gun-crazy, but a fine actor with good pipes.
FRIDAY 8 P.M. American Casino, Discovery. In a city where fortunes are won and lost at the turn of a card, this series proves that running a billion-dollar casino is anything but a game of chance. Go behind the curtain of the glamorous and extravagant Green Valley Ranch Resort and Casino and reveal just what it takes to lure the famous, the high rollers and the avid casino patrons away from the Las Vegas strip to their intimate resort and casino environment.
The cameras roll 24 hours a day as they follow Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, who own and operate the Green Valley Ranch, a few minutes south of the Las Vegas strip in Henderson, Nev.
SUNDAY 8 P.M. Family Plots, A&E. "Blood Is Thicker Than Water." Welcome to Poway Bernardo Mortuary, where a real life/death experience awaits you. This reality series (eesh) chronicling the intense, peculiar and often hilarious days and nights at a busy California funeral home features three beautiful sisters, their hot-blooded father, exacting boss and a quirky funeral director. The first episode finds head embalmer Shonna with only 30 minutes to get a body into its casket and to the funeral. After one last embalming, the three sisters head for a girls' night out. Surely these girls are drop-dead gorgeous.
SUNDAY 9 P.M. London: A City in Time, Travel Channel. Anglophiles rejoice! This tells the story of the world's greatest city from the Romans to the Blitz. Explore the history of London, from its days as a Roman trading port to the turmoil of Victorian times. Then step through the London of 1940, when Hitler poured bombs on London, and the city was consumed by fire. Through it all, Londoners stood tall.
MONDAY 7:30 P.M. Wet Hot Summer, Comedy Central. Hmmm. Must have been one of those direct-to-video situations. In any case, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde-Pierce, Michael Ian Black, Christopher Meloni and Paul Rudd star. What did young campers and counselors do on the last day of camp in the summer of 1981? At Camp Firewood anything goes as the kids and crew find love, adventure and pieces of NASA's Skylab at the wildest summer camp ever in this homage to summer camp movies of the '80s. What? No Corey Feldman?
NEWS & NOTES: Northern Exposure: The Complete First Season is out on DVD. Amazing how well this series, which debuted in the summer of 1990, holds up. The oddball residents of Cicely, Alaska, welcome Dr. Joel Fleischman from New York. Problem is that's the last place the good doctor wants to be, though he does eventually take a shine to the place. Great summer viewing.