Magic Mike (R): Steven Soderbergh ( Che, Traffic, Erin Brockovich) trains his inquisitive camera on the world of male strippers, drawing on the real-life experiences of actor Channing Tatum, who stars as a dancer suffering a career crisis. Matt Bomer, Matthew McConaughey and Joe Manganiello are among the other guys who love to take it all off. Like The Avengers, but for women.
People Like Us (PG-13): Screenwriter Alex Kurtzman ( Mission: Impossible III, Transformers, Star Trek) puts aside the fantasy stuff for his directorial debut. After his father dies, a man (Chris Pine) must track down the sister he’s never met (Elizabeth Banks) and deliver her share of the inheritance.
Madea’s Witness Protection (PG-13): Writer-director-actor Tyler Perry thrusts his beloved alter ego, the Southern matriarch Madea, into the financial crisis when she’s forced to take in a corrupt Wall Street banker busted in a Ponzi scheme (Eugene Levy).
Ted (R): Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane makes his film directorial debut with this tale of a grown man (Mark Wahlberg) who can’t bear to part with the potty-mouthed, talking teddy bear of his childhood. We expect nothing less than the summer’s most subversive comedy.
Anger Management (9 p.m. Thursday, FX) In his first role since going clinically insane and getting kicked off Two and a Half Men, Charlie Sheen plays an anger-management therapist who is, umm, clinically insane. Happily, his clients are even crazier, particularly Noureen Dewulf as Lacey, a spoiled rich girl who has a disconcerting habit of shooting boyfriends. Watch now, before Sheen gets arrested or institutionalized again.
Wilfred (10 p.m. Thursday, FX) Back for a second season, this acerbic, oddball sitcom about a slacker whose best friend is either a talking dog or a hallucination — it’s never clear which — is as weirdly funny as ever.
XIII (9 p.m. Friday, Reelz) Based on a Belgian comic book series that was inspired by The Bourne Identity and was the subject of a 2008 TV miniseries, XIII stars Stuart Townsend as a man locked in a secret government detention camp who has lost his memory and has only clue to his identity: the XIII tattoo on his neck.
Chasing UFOs (9 p.m. Friday, National Geographic Channel) A reality show about a crack team of real-life Scully and Mulders who believe the truth is out there. Stop snickering unless you want to be burned to a crisp with their captured Martian ray guns.
Let Miami Herald TV critic Glenn Garvin program your TiVo! Just click on his best bets for the week at www.tivo.com/guruguide.