Fall TV Preview

The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Weekend

Coming to your TV this weekend: Doctor Who‘s possibly very final (gulp!) finale, two very big premieres, and a very unwelcome surprise for two Pan Am stewardesses. Here’s a look at a dozen programs to keep on your radar this Saturday and Sunday.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
8/7c Terra Nova (Fox) | In case you were busy helping the rugrats with their long division, didn’t quite have two available hours on the DVR, or you just plum missed it on Monday, here’s a second helping of the series’ rompin’-stompin’dino-chompin’ premiere.

9 pm Doctor Who (BBC America) | As the Doctor makes his final journey to the shores of Lake Silencio in Utah, he knows only one thing can keep the universe safe — his own death. Wow, that portends to really put the finale in “season finale,” don’t it?

9 pm “Weird Al” Yankovic Live! – The Alpocalypse Tour (Comedy Central) | For those (like me) who grew up in the ’80s with “Eat It” as much as you younger sprites who care to see his Gaga-spoofing “Perform This Way.”

11:30 pm  Saturday Night Live (NBC) | Freshly minted Emmy Award winner Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) lords over Studio 8H, with musical guest Lady Antebellum. If there’s a skit involving a fitting room’s sink and bad Mexican food, I’m Audi.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2
8 pm Prohibition (PBS) | Grab a Shirley Temple and kick back for Part 1 of docugenius Ken Burns’ three-week look at the Prohibition era.

8 pm The Amazing Race (CBS) | Next stop: Indonesia! And a double elimination!

9 pm Dexter (Showtime) | Catch up on all of our Season 6 scoopage here, and watch this video “introduction” to all the bloody-good new players (Colin Hanks and Edward James “Adama” Olmos included).

9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | Alicia faces off against Eddie Izzard (The Riches) when she tries a civil case in British court via satellite.

9 pm Desperate Housewives (ABC) | Susan finds a fun way to ease her tension over the murder cover-up, Gaby plans a sexy surprise for Carlos, and Lynette and Tom play “good cop/gooder cop” with the kids during the separation.

9 pm Boardwalk Empire (HBO) | Nucky struggles to hold onto his private army; Jimmy ponders an alliance with Lansky and Luciano.

10 pm Breaking Bad (AMC) | When last we tuned in, Walt was under the house hysterically sobbing/laughing, having realized he is short on the cash to “disappear,” while the DEA has already been tipped off that Hank was in danger. What happens next, in this season’s penultimate episode? Here’s what AMC says: “Hank pushes Gomez to pursue one last lead, while Walt struggles to protect the family. Jesse gets alarming news and rushes to meet with Mr. White.”

10 pm Homeland (Showtime) | Damian Lewis (Life) plays Sgt. Nicholas Brody, a marine rescued from Afghanistan after being presumed dead eight years earlier. Emmy and Golden Globe winner Claire Danes (Temple Grandin) is a CIA agent who suspects that Brody was “turned” during his imprisonment, and may now be part of an al Qaeda plot to commit a terrorist act on U.S. soil. Brought to you by some of the producers of 24, it’s all very, very good; I’ll have a full review later this weekend.

10 pm Pan Am (ABC) | Sisters Kate and Laura are in for a very long flight to Paris when their mother boards the Clipper. Meanwhile, Maggie (Christina Ricci) fends off the advances of an aggressive passenger, and pilot Dean tries to track down AWOL Bridget.

10 pm Hung (HBO) | Season 3 kicks off with Ray and Tanya seeking financing for the “relaunch” of their product.

10:30 pm How to Make It in America (HBO) | Season 2 premiere: Ben and Cam prepare to market the CRISP line in New York; back from a soul-searching trip, Rachel’s still not over Ben.

What will you be watching this weekend?