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VH1 rushes nostalgia with new “I Love the . . .” series

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Despite VH1 already tackling most of the decade with 2008’s “I Love the New Millenium,” it returns to the years of 2000-2009 with “I Love the 2000s,” premiering at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

I suppose it was just a matter of time.

Now that we’re halfway through the 2010s, VH1 is dusting off its “I Love the . . .” franchise for “I Love the 2000s,” premiering at 9 p.m. Tuesday. It airs two hour-long episodes nightly through June 21, covering the years 2000-2009.

I’m all for nostalgia. In fact, as I write this column, I’m switching back and forth to Facebook, reminiscing with friends on a post about the 25th-anniversary reunion of Nickelodeon’s “Hey Dude” cast.

But I think VH1 is pushing it a little here. After all, by the time they get around to the last hour, it will be covering things that only happened five years ago, like the release of “Avatar,” the Balloon Boy hoax and Sully Sullenberger’s “Miracle on the Hudson” plane landing, which all but the youngest and/or most uninformed viewers should recall.

True, in pop culture and our 24-hour-news, constantly-connected world, things do cycle in and out of our consciousness much faster, but according to press materials, some of the other topics covered include “Angry Birds,” Facebook and smartphones, one or more of which is still a constant in most people’s lives.

Doesn’t something need to go away first before you can start missing it?

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Series premieres: “Science of Stupid,” 9 p.m. Friday, National Geographic (breaking down the science behind stunts gone wrong); “Suburban Secrets,” 9 p.m. Friday, ID (true crimes in suburbia); “Devil in the Details,” 10 p.m. Saturday, ID (small clues help crack cold cases).

Season premieres: “Monumental Mysteries,” 9 p.m. Friday, Travel; “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt,” 9 p.m. Saturday, CMT; “The Fosters,” 9 p.m. Monday, ABC Family; “Rizzoli & Isles,” 9 p.m., and “Perception,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, TNT.

Returning: “Switched at Birth,” 8 p.m. Monday, ABC Family.

Season finales: “The Thundermans,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Nickelodeon; “Sing Your Face Off,” 9 p.m. Saturday, ABC; “Louie,” 10 p.m. Monday, FX; “Fargo,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, FX; “Playing House,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, USA (one hour); “Melissa & Joey,” 8 p.m., and “Baby Daddy,” 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, ABC Family; “Trip Flip,” 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Travel.

Midseason finale: “Awkward,” 10 p.m. Tuesday, MTV (one hour).

Specials: “OJ: Trial of the Century,” 9 p.m. Thursday, ID (documentary); “Crossroads: Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves,” 10 p.m. Friday, CMT; “AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda,” 9 p.m. Saturday, TNT; “Bunks,” 6 p.m. Monday, Disney XD (made-for-TV teen zombie comedy); “Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Twelve for the Road — The Ultimate Unusual & Unending Road Trip,” 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nickelodeon (a family sold their home and travels cross-country in an RV).

DVR alert: Our PBS isn’t airing the two-part “Masterpiece Mystery” program “The Escape Artist,” a legal thriller starring David Tennant and Sophie Okonedo, in primetime this Sunday and next, but you can still catch it if you set your DVR. Part one airs at 2 a.m. Monday and 4 a.m. Tuesday. Part two is on at 1 a.m. June 23 and 4 a.m. June 24.

W.Va. alert: “Mountain Stage: A 30 Year Celebration” airs at 9 p.m. Sunday on PBS and features 16 performances from 2001-2014, including ones by Joan Baez, Rosanne Cash, Martina McBride and Arlo Guthrie.

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