Paula Deen may have been banished from the cable airwaves, but the celebration of extreme cuisine goes on.

On the Cooking Channel, Danny Boome hosts "Donut Showdown" (10 p.m.), which has been airing on Food Network Canada. This series scours the diners and donut shops of North America to find the most exalted pastry.

In each

episode, a baker can win a $10,000 prize if he or she pleases the palates of donut judges David Rocco, Maggie McKeown and Zane Caplansky. Tonight's high-calorie competition involves donut-makers from Minneapolis and Toronto.

---The History Channel gets an early jump on the Fourth of July and cable marathons with a 12-hour helping of the documentary-biography series "The Men Who Built America" (4 p.m. to 4 a.m., TV-PG). Filled with historical re-enactments, "Men" profiles such ambitious and frequently ruthless monopolists as Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan. These titans of industry and finance reshaped American business and society between the Civil War and World War I.

Unabashedly pro-business, the series doesn't consult his-

torians, but a Greek chorus of television figures, including Donny Deutsch, Jim Cramer, Donald Trump and Jack Welch. As I noted in my review of the series, the History Channel's "Men" is much closer to advertising than real history.

---In a curious twist, CNBC, the business network that employs Jim Cramer, will air "The Queen of Versailles" (8 p.m.), a 2012 documentary that offers a savage take on consumerism and excess. Tragic, staggeringly strange and frequently jaw-dropping, "Versailles" profiles former Florida billionaire David Siegel and his trophy wife, Jackie. They find themselves in straitened circumstances after the economic collapse of 2008. Their unfin-

ished 90,000-square-foot home is the "Versailles" in the film's title.

---TCM presents a night of films about blended families (as in "The Brady Bunch") and children as matchmakers (as in "The Parent Trap"). Doris Day and Brian Keith star as single parents of large broods who combine forces in the 1968 comedy "With Six You Get Eggroll" (8 p.m.). Other films include "Twice Blessed" (2:45 a.m.), a 1945 comedy about twin sisters scheming to reunite their divorced parents, and "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" (4 a.m.) from 1963, starring Glenn Ford. This film inspired a TV version, starring Bill Bixby, which ran from 1969-72.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

---A mystery ingredient forces contestants to improvise on

"MasterChef" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

---Oliver goes on hiatus on "Arrow" (8 p.m., CW, r, TV-14).

---A repeat "Nature" (8 p.m., PBS, TV-PG) from 2008 visits the bald eagle, a species that has come back after being declared en-

dangered.

---Spend nine hours with "Duck Dynasty" (7 p.m. to 4 a.m., A&E).

---Danielle visits a festival of food and music on "BBQ Crawl" (8 p.m., Travel, TV-PG).

---Russell Crowe stars in the 2003 adventure "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" (8 p.m., BBC America), adapted from the series of novels by Patrick O'Brian.

---Pastries loom large on "The American Baking Competition" (9 p.m., CBS).

---Rachel wants a high-profile case on "Franklin & Bash" (9 p.m., TNT, TV-PG).

---"Nova" (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG) presents "Dogs Decoded," an investigation into canine genetics, including what separates dogs from their wolf cousins, and a look into the science behind the dog-human relationship.

---Brown's gravesite becomes a murder scene on "CSI" (10 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).

---Jail inmates grow restive on "Chicago Fire" (10 p.m., NBC, r, TV-14).

CULT CHOICE

Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes star in the 2012 mythical fantasy "Wrath of the Titans" (8 p.m., HBO).

SERIES NOTES

---Frankie loses focus during a job interview on "The Middle" (8 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).

---The exterminator hassles Jack on "Family Tools" (8:30 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).

---Phil glimpses a vision of the future on "Modern Family" (9 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).

---Dean wants Sam to take a break on "Supernatural" (9 p.m., CW, r, TV-14).

---The aliens enter their mating season on "The Neighbors" (9:30 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).

LATE NIGHT

---Russell Brand, Jimmy Pardo and Beth Hart appear on "Conan" (11 p.m., TBS, r).

---Stephen Moyer, Chris Franjola, Jen Kirkman and Brody Stevens are booked on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!).

---Neil Patrick Harris, Tony Kanaan, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls appear on "Late Show With David Letterman" (11:35 p.m., CBS, r).

---Jay Leno welcomes Jamie Foxx, Jimmy Connors and Matthew Morrison on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC, r).

---Michael C. Hall, Miranda Cosgrove and ZZ Ward appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (11:35 p.m., ABC).

---Chris Christie, Jennette McCurdy and Mario Batali visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC, r).

---Craig Ferguson hosts Zac Efron and Anna Quindlen on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS, r).

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