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Posted: Sunday, July 3, 2011 5:00 am | Updated: 10:40 am, Sun Jul 3, 2011.

Here's diversity for Independence Day celebrating: Josh Grobin, Nick Lachey, Rascal Flatts and competitive hot-dog eating.

They are not on the same stage, by the way.

Grobin will lend his powerhouse voice to "A Capitol Fourth" (8 p.m. EDT Monday, PBS), coming from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Jimmy Smits is host of the event, which is also scheduled to feature performances from Little Richard, Steve Martin, Steep Canyon Rangers and Matthew Morrison.

Lachey headlines "The 35th Annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks" (9 p.m. Monday, NBC) in New York City. The special will mark, too, the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. Pop tunes will accent a pyrotechnics show. Anika Noni Rose and Karen Olivo are slated to do a bilingual rendition of the original song "Gift of Light."

Comic Ron White's "Salute to the Troops" (8 p.m. Monday, CMT) boasts Lewis Black, Rascal Flatts and Tim Wilson. The show was filmed before an audience at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. Proceeds from that evening went to the Armed Forces Foundation.

And for something with a different taste: Nathan's Famous annual International Hot-Dog-Eating Contest, direct from Coney Island. Champion Joey Chestnut, who has held a record of 68 dogs consumed in 10 minutes, will oversee the proceedings. You can catch the action at 8 p.m. Monday on ESPN.

Other highlights for the week of July 3-9 (check local listings):

Sunday

"True Blood" (9 p.m., HBO). Bill learns of a witches' coven that threatens the vampire community in a storyline that promises to drive a great deal of the season.

Monday

"Citizen U.S.A.: A 50 State Road Trip" (9 p.m., HBO). A filmmaker tracks down new citizens - one from each of the 50 states - to learn the stories of why they wanted to become Americans.

Tuesday

"Teen Mom" (10 p.m., MTV). A new season launches and chronicles the lives of teen moms Amber, Catelynn, Farrah and Maci, who find giving up their typical teen experiences for adulthood and diapers a daunting task.

Wednesday

"America's Got Talent" (9 p.m., NBC). The top 48 acts are revealed in Las Vegas.

Thursday

"Big Brother" (9 p.m., CBS). A new group of backstabbing strangers is forced to live in the same house as the 13th edition of this reality show begins.

Friday

"Say Yes To The Dress: Bridesmaids" (10 p.m., TLC). Thinking planning the wedding ceremony is stressful? Try looking for the right dress. Oh, lady, it can get ugly.

"Torchwood: Miracle Day" (10 p.m., Starz). Capt. Jack (John Barrowman) goes to America, joins the CIA and works on cases the agency isn't prepared to handle - like why people have stopped dying.

 

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