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Salon's guide to what to watch on Friday: Vanilla Ice, Leif Garrett and a Baldwin ride the bucking beast in "Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge."

Published August 17, 2007 10:25AM (EDT)

Prime Pick

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Ever wondered what it would be like for a regular old person to try to ride a bull? Wonder no more! Thanks to "Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge" (8 p.m. EDT on CMT), you have a front-row seat to the sheer terror of bull riding. As Murray himself points out to the assembled D-listers, from Vanilla Ice to Stephen Baldwin, the cowboy's favorite sport isn't just about hanging on for dear life. It takes flexibility, strength and nerves of steel to straddle a 2,000-pound animal that would take great satisfaction in trampling or goring you to death. Former teen heartthrob Leif Garrett shakes like a leaf when he's learning to sit on one of the hulking beasts, and he suffers from debilitating back pain after just one day spent training on a mechanical bull. But my dearest hope for this series is that I'll get to watch that smartass Jonny Fairplay, aka Hippie Wrongstockings of "Survivor" fame, get thrown from a bucking beast and run like hell for his life.


Anthony Bourdain travels to Brazil and samples the sights and sounds of São Paulo on "No Reservations" (8 p.m. EDT on Travel). On "Meerkat Manor" (9:30 p.m. EDT on Animal Planet), Flower sets out in search of the lost pups that wandered off last episode, and the rival Zappa clan (the dominant male's name is Frank, of course) continues to battle the Whiskers for a prime bit of foraging real estate. And early birds, take note: Salon Editor in Chief Joan Walsh is scheduled to appear on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday around 7:30 a.m. EDT (show airs 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. EDT).

Weekend Picks

The U.S. Gymnastics Championships air at 8 p.m. EDT Saturday on NBC. A new episode of the BBC drama "Jekyll" airs at 9 p.m. EDT Saturday on BBC America. And on Sunday night, Sundance's "Live From Abbey Road" features the Kooks, Wynton Marsalis and Muse (9 p.m. EDT).

On the talk shows

Regis and Kelly

ABC, 9 a.m. EDT

Star Jones Reynolds

The View

ABC, 11 a.m. EDT

Marcia Gay Harden, guest co-host Beverly Sills (repeat)

Ellen DeGeneres

Syndicated, check local listings

Demi Moore, Maroon 5, Jack Hanna (repeat)

Oprah Winfrey

Syndicated, check local listings

Laveranues Coles (repeat)

Charlie Rose

PBS, check local listings

An Appreciation of Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller, Philanthropist

Larry King

CNN, 9 p.m. EDT

Star Jones Reynolds

David Letterman

CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT

David Duchovny, Ryan Howard, Andrew Bird (repeat)

Jay Leno

NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT

Michael Moore, Justin Long, Mandy Moore (repeat)

Tavis Smiley

PBS, check local listings

Merv Griffin (repeat)

Jimmy Kimmel

ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT

Don Cheadle, Zac Efron, Editors (repeat)

Conan O'Brien

NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Zach Braff, DJ Qualls, Jimmy Carr (repeat)

Craig Ferguson

CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT

Aisha Tyler, Augie March

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