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.

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.

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?

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  1. Josh says:


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  4. Simon Jester says:

    Hmmm, I wonder what Josh will be watching.

    DOCTOR WHO for me on Saturday, BOARDWALK EMPIRE and BREAKING BAD on Sunday.

  5. DifferentJosh says:

    Dexter is to Breaking Bad as a perfectly good show is to an excellent all time great show.

      • ultimate troll says:

        Careful Breaking Bad people. You don’t want to turn into the Wire people. You watch a great show and for some reason you need to tell everyone how much better it is than everything else. It’s obnoxious and offputting. It’s like you need to put down another show for your show to shine.
        Come on.

        • Riley says:

          Perfect comment.

        • julie says:

          I agree. I tried Breaking Bad – watched the first season and half of the second before I realized it ruined my day by making me go to such a dark place. I recognize how great the acting is, but I can’t watch a show that constantly makes me depressed over how sucky someone’s situation is. I’d rather watch a drama that can make me laugh and show me that there is some good in the world – like The West Wing or Friday Night Lights – than one that focuses on how bad some people have it. I am not Breaking Bad’s target audience, and we amicably parted ways. I didn’t hate it by any means, but I didn’t want to continue.

  6. maggie says:

    Doctor Who has already been renewed by the BBC, so the Doctor’s “death” won’t happen. The only mystery is how he gets out of the situation.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Well, yeah.

    • Michael Sacal says:

      While doctors tend to have a God complex, God has a Doctor complex. That’s how good the Doctor is at getting out of a problem.

      I do think that if he REALLY wanted to change the outcome of what happened in Utah he would just kill himself and regenerate before he got there so that things would turn out differently.

    • Simon Jester says:

      @maggie – Thank you, Captain Obvious.

      • Tarc says:

        Not really – just the header is misleading. We already know there will be another seaosn with the current Doctor and Amy (don’t remember about Rory, but I think it’s as assured as more River Song). Dr Who is an amazing ride, but after a seaosn of building up to the ‘death’ of the Doctor (combined with the artcle blurb), it’s NOT obvious – just assured.

      • alex says:

        By the blurb and how it was posted, the article made it seem like the author didn’t know that it had been renewed. So clearly, it wasn’t obvious. And no need to be rude.

  7. D says:

    Breaking Bad and Homeland, for sure. I’ll DVR Dexter.

  8. Templar says:

    Prepare for a huge cloud of carbon dioxide because that line-up is a yawn. I’ll DVR The Good Wife simply for Eddie Izzard and will DVR Weird Al also.

  9. Leslie says:

    Breaking Bad airs at 10pm, not 9pm. Though I wouldn’t mind it at 9pm so that I could watch it at 6pm here on the West Coast.

  10. fernando says:

    Desperate Housewives and Pan Am.

  11. Laurel says:

    Dexter & Breaking Bad it doesn’t get much better than that !
    Gustavo Fring‎ ,Gus (played by Giancarlo Esposito)on Breaking Bad should be nominated for an Emmy.
    He is one scary dude.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    I’ll be watching Amazing Race followed by Dexter, then Breaking Bad.
    Will watch Homeland on OnDemand.
    Great night of tv for me!!

  13. Johnny says:

    PAN AM!!!!

  14. Valery says:

    Doctor Who, of course, and the premiere of BEDLAM following since I love a good ghost story (and I’m hoping it IS a good ghost story). Then PROHIBITION on Sunday–c’mon, a new Ken Burns series??? I’M SO THERE!

  15. Angelique says:

    The Good Wife.

  16. James says:

    Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Dexter, Homeland, Pan Am

  17. juan says:

    Desperate Housewives and Pan Am, can’t wait for Once upon a time so my night is complete

  18. Kev says:

    Merlin S4 premieres today on BBC :D

  19. Ribac says:

    Good and gooder…


    I’m not a grammar nazi but this rolled my eyes like a slot machine…

  20. Nicole says:

    Looking forward to Dr. Who. I thought I read that the next season was delayed six months. so hoping for a fantastic episode to hold over.

  21. J says:

    I really liked Panam. I’m actually excited about this show.

  22. Rowan says:

    Matt, it’s been over a month since BBC announced they are airing Doctor Who series (season) 7 a year from now and it was announced all the way back in March that Matt Smith sign on for another year. THey should have kept it under wraps because it takes all the tension out of the notion that it’s The Doctor’s final death.

    • Ben says:

      I’m not sure there was a lot of tension there in the first place. Britain might descend into anarchy if the doctor died.

  23. Jamie says:

    I’ve been anxiously awaiting Homeland. Can’t wait! Will also watch Desperate Housewives and Pan Am.

  24. Jayceon says:

    I enjoyed Pan Am a whole lot more than I expected. I also love Christina Ricci who is always a pleasure to see on screen.

  25. Alicia says:

    Worshipping at the altar of Dexter and TGW!!

  26. Jill says:

    SNL and Desperate Housewives

  27. Jill says:

    The Amazing Race

  28. Jay A. says:

    Dexter, Boardwalk, PanAm its a good sunday!

  29. Jem says:

    I voted for daily because sometimes I forget what’s on that night so it’s a good reminder. Plus always good to read the must see that same night, sticks with you.

  30. Reese Mitchell says:

    I like getting them everyday, because it’s a great reminder of what’s on in a more timely manner.

  31. Gerald says:

    Desperate Housewives, The Good Wive and maybe Pan Am. I didn’t like the pilot but I’m hoping it will improve…

  32. Fido says:

    For me Sunday is full of crackers
    – Dexter, Lost Girl, CSI Miami (yeeaaahhhh!!!) and Homeland

  33. Ben says:

    Matt, the tribe has spoken.

  34. Bailey says:

    Um…CSI: Miami was forgotten on Sunday’s list…

    …And it was great.

  35. Danny says:

    I really like the Daily line-up … TV Line has really surpassed ew.com as my favorite site for television news.

  36. Amber says:

    Having grown up in the 80s, I was really excited about seeing Weird Al do his thing in a comedy show. But as I was watching it, something occurred to me…I think at least 80% of the fun for me with his act is the music video spoofs. MTV videos were a big part of my teenage life growing up, and I really miss those old Weird Al videos of Eat It, Fat, Like a Surgeon (the lion wandering through the hospital, classic!), and what may be the best thing I’ve ever seen in my life…the Beverly Hillbillies video spoofing Money for Nothing. Oh gosh, I gotta go find those on youtube right now!