TV picks for July 5-7:  "King,” "Life's Too Short Special,” "Celebrity Wife Swap”

  • Updated: July 4, 2013 - 2:00 PM
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Ricky Gervais and Warwick Davis in “Life’s Too Short Special.”

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Losing it

“20/20” (9 p.m. Friday, KSTP, Ch. 5) is mad as heck and isn’t going to take it anymore — or at least not for an hour when anchors Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir look back at some of the newsmagazine’s most memorable pieces on road rage, athletes going wild and courtroom shenanigans.

Toronto blue

Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock aren’t the only female cops kicking butt. “King” (9 p.m. Friday, Reelz), a Canadian-produced procedural, focuses on a homicide detective (Amy Price-Francis) who’s the most likely to capture the bad guy and the least likely to get invited to any of her colleagues’ birthday parties.

Short and sweet

Warwick Davis’ dream of a “Willow” sequel is one step closer to reality in “Life’s Too Short Special” (9 p.m. Friday, HBO). This punctuation mark on the seven-episode series, created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, will best be remembered for giving Sting, Liam Neeson and Johnny Depp the best comedic moments of their careers. Well, second best for Sting. That album of lute songs still cracks me up.

I think we’re alone now

In a new edition of “Celebrity Wife Swap” (7 p.m. Sunday, KSTP, Ch. 5), Nia Peeples and Tiffany trade places. Immediately afterward, they ask if it’s possible to switch decades so they can relive the ’80s, an era when they actually mattered.

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