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Tuesday’s TV Highlights

SERIES

30 for 30: The new documentary “Silly Little Game” examines the history of fantasy sports from their origins with a group of writers and academics who met in New York’s La Rotisserie Francaise to form a baseball league of their own named the Rotisserie League (5 p.m. ESPN and 8 p.m. ESPN2).

American Idol: After being mentored by Alicia Keys, the seven remaining finalists perform inspirational songs in this new episode (8 p.m. Fox).

Ancient Aliens: This new series searches for clues about whether aliens visited ancient Earth (8 p.m. History).

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Independent Lens: Jamie Lee Curtis narrates “Dirt! The Movie,” which digs into a substance that can cause natural disasters when mistreated. Interviewees include Carlo Petrini, founder of the “slow food” movement (10 p.m. KCET).

9 by Design: Bob and Cortney tackle a massive project, renovating a five-story, 8,000-square-foot Manhattan dream home built on the site of a former sex shop, but their move-in celebration is cut short by the announcement that the new place is already for sale in this new episode (10 p.m. Bravo).

MOVIES

Burma VJ: Reporting From a Closed Country: Anders Ostergaard’s 2008 Academy Award-nominated documentary chronicles in harrowing detail the actions of a brutal 40-year military regime that has been operating in a closed country, far away from the mainstream global media (9:30 p.m. HBO).

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SPORTS

Baseball: The Dodgers visit the Cincinnati Reds (4 p.m. KCAL); the Chicago Cubs visit the New York Mets (4 p.m. WGN A); the Detroit Tigers visit the Angels (7 p.m. FS Prime).

Hockey: NHL playoffs: The Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Ottawa Senators (4 p.m. VS); the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Nashville Predators (6:30 p.m. VS); the San Jose Sharks visit the Colorado Avalanche (8:30 p.m. VS).

Basketball: NBA playoffs: The Miami Heat visit the Boston Celtics (5 p.m. TNT); the Oklahoma City Thunder visit the Lakers (7:30 p.m. FSN and TNT).

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