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Missy Elliott

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Missy Elliott Can you smell what Missy is cooking? On her album The Cookbook (now in stores), the inventive rapper relies on a variety of producers (longtime collaborator Timbaland is in the kitchen with her on only two tracks), and the results are apparently mixed. Is this CD a smorgasbord or a case of too many cooks? Listen for yourself.

Monk In tonight’s season premiere, the brilliant Tony Shalhoub is back, and Jason Alexander’s pushing his buttons. The erstwhile George Costanza plays a rival sleuth who is Monk’s polar opposite, as slovenly as our hero is compulsively neat. Uncomfortable hilarity ensues. USA, 10 p.m.

MTV Can they do Live 8 right this time? It’s 10 hours of commercial-free (but probably not VJ-free, alas) highlights of last weekend’s mega-concert. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on VH1, then from 3 to 8 on MTV. Set your TiVo.

Mozart in the Jungle Blair Tindall’s gossipy memoir dispels the notion that classical musicians live lives that are any duller lives than rock & rollers. Also read Lydia Millet’s Oh Pure and Radiant Heart, an apocalyptic novel about the beginning (and end?) of the nuclear age. EW gives it an A-.

Murderball Fantastic Four and Dark Water don’t need your help. Though neither does quadriplegic rugby player Mark Zupan; he’s barrelling through just fine, thanks. Watching these guys play, now that’s clobberin’ time.

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