The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Weekend

On TV this weekend: Baseball inches closer to the World Series, Cuddy as Will Gardner’s buddy, Breaking Bad‘s very good finale, and more. We’ve gone daily with the TVLine-Up, and here are our picks for Saturday and Sunday.

7:30 pm MLB American League Championship Series (Fox) | I am left to root for my Dallas-based sister’s Texas Rangers, hosting the Tigers here for Game 1.

9 pm Bedlam (BBC America) | My first NYC apartment building was many things, but it was not a former insane asylum. (Though things did tend to get pretty crazy when I fired up my Sega.) Here in Episode 2 of this series, Jed and Ryan race against time to find out what horrific secret Molly’s gal pal Leah is hiding.

9 pm Terror Beneath (Syfy) | In this original movie, Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) tries to play hero when — wait for it — roots from the Garden of Eden (!) start burrowing all over the globe, wreaking havoc.

10 pm 48 Hours Mystery (CBS) | “Amanda Knox: The Untold Story” dives deep into the recent verdict of the murder trial in Italy.

11 pm Free Agents (BBC America) | Funny, this Stateside airing of the original UK series was envisioned as being supplemental to NBC’s adaptation. That didn’t really work out, did it?

11:30 pm Saturday Night Live (NBC) | Ben Stiller hosts, with musical guest Foster the People. There was buzz that Eddie Murphy will put in a cameo….

4 pm MLB National League Championship Series (TBS) | The Brewers host the Cards. I say… birds.

8 pm The Amazing Race (CBS) | The Indonesian odyssey continues with one team stranded by a mechanical failure, and two other teams forced to join forces to crack a brainbuster.

9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | Will. Alicia. In a hotel room. With Lisa Edelstein (House). No, it’s not what you’re thinking, but by all means hold onto that thought until Sunday night.

9 pm Desperate Housewives (ABC) | Taking a page from Three’s Company‘s kitchen door scenes, Mike suspects Susan and Carlos are having an affair when what they’re really doing is commiserating over the cover-up. Elsewhere, the engagement of her sister (Sarah Paulson) runs salt in Lynette’s marital wound.

9 pm Boardwalk Empire (HBO) | When the Commodore uses the Coast Guard to delay deliveries of alcohol, Owen sees an oppottunity to prove his value to Nucky.

9 pm Dexter (Showtime) | Dexter smells a rat when Brother Sam (Mos Def) is brought in to help solve a macabre murder, while Deb fields not one but two proposals in the wake of becoming a hero.

10 pm Breaking Bad (AMC) | Last week’s episode was all rigged to end with a bang, yet didn’t. So what happens now? For one, Walt needs to find a way into his guarded house. Jessie meanwhile has some tough questions to answer from the po-po. (I have a great Q&A with Giancarlo Esposito aka “Gus” going up later this weekend.) Also note: This season finale runs 68 minutes.

10 pm Homeland (Showtime) | Brody has night terrors that leave a mark on his Mrs.; Carrie discovers that an asset who is (ahem) close to a Saudi prince could have a bead on the big break she needs.

10 pm Pan Am (ABC) | Time to play the Kennedy card. (So soon?)

10 pm 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park (Comedy Central) | This docu celebrating the show’s 15th season reveals just how they shove such timely bon mots into those potty mouths.

10:30 pm Dirty Soap (E!) | New time slot alert! Brandon (jealous grr…) takes Nadia away for a special birthday weekend.

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  1. Lucia says:

    Got something against Brandon there? Is it because he is with Nadia?

  2. Fernando says:

    Desperate Housewives and Pan Am

  3. Kris J says:

    No mentioning the nuptials of America’s Queen? My daughter’s “fairytale” wedding is this weekend and you dare not mention it! I will bring Kourtney and her majesty down to your offices so they can just talk. Talk your ears off. You will want them gone. Than you will know the joy that I have for this event. Someone else catering to the princess and the ridding of Kim from my life…Until the next product she endorses or season of whatever she films. Than I will be back for my %percentage%

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Sorry, Kris, but yes, “that” was purposely omitted. And consider this: I DID include a movie about killer tree roots. Message received?

  4. W.T.GLESON says:


  5. Jules says:

    RE you kidding me the cardinals!?!?! Nobody can stop the Brew Crew!!! T- Plush!!!

    • HG says:

      Hah, the Brewers are just glad that they don’t have to be embarrassed by the Phillies in the NLCS after barely beating the D-Backs.

  6. Alicia says:

    TGW can’t get here fast enough! Super excited :D bring on the drama!

  7. V says:

    You have “Terror Beneath” but not Against the Wall?

  8. Becky says:

    Go Rangers!

  9. TV Junky says:

    The Amazing Race, Dexter, Homeland, and the re-airing of Boardwalk Empire. 4 hours of good television on Sunday night.

  10. Gwen says:

    I second that. Against the Wall is great!

  11. bruna cora says:

    finally is today! #TGW

  12. anna says:

    I’m so exited for the good wife!

  13. Nina says:

    Desperate Housewives > The Good Wife

  14. nitemar says:

    The Good Wife, not only is a great show,and fantastic cast, ..but Lisa is in the room! :)

  15. Laura says:

    Finally The Good Wife…can’t wait! Lisa Edelstein welcome back!

    • @Laura says:

      I agree with the welcome back. The very easy on the eyes Lisa Edelstein on a TV show nominated for 9 Emmys this season? Total win. :)

  16. sash fan says:

    Looking forward to what Homeland has for us today. It’s the only reason I’m keeping Showtime, now that Weeds and The Big C aren’t on.

  17. LisaE-getoutofmyshow says:

    Oh gosh, no! Guess I’ll have to skip TGW tonight, I’m SO sick of this person.

  18. Sissi says:

    You just made me think about a Will/Alicia/Celeste threesome!

  19. Carmen says:

    D. Housewives!

  20. Sissi says:

    why do you have to be so rude? she is not there to ruin the show.

  21. Julia says:

    Can’t wait to see Lisa Edelstein! TGW’s promo was great. This show rules!

  22. isabel says:

    Not a big Lisa E fan but oh well, can’t wait for TGW!

  23. Pamela says:

    I´m crazy about Lisa Edelstein in TGW. I´m a massive fan of Will and Alicia but i think Celeste will bring new colours to that relationship. The show couldn´t get better.

  24. Oh No Shes back!! says:

    I feel sorry for the people who love TGW before tonight!! I hope they do not suffer the same fate that House lovers have had to put up with!

    • JT says:

      I think it will be great, it’s not the same writers! House writers hate women.

    • sam says:

      If all “House lovers” who apparently mandated you to speak on their behalf are bitter moronic haters with bad grammar, then they should be pitied, not the other way around.

      I love TGW, have a huge respect for Lisa Edelstein, can’t wait for her arc.

  25. Oh no shes back says:

    They hate women!! Seems odd, because a good deal of House writers are women!!!

    • @Ohnoshesback says:

      How overly simplistic. There are plenty of self-loathing women out there who internalize and perpetuate hate; misogyny is not exclusive to men.

  26. cindy lazo says:

    Revenge should be on tonight instead of Wedsenday nights, either before or after Desperate Housewives, who agrees with me.

  27. j says:

    BREAKING BAD. Best show ever.

  28. Against the Wall Fan says:

    Why does Against the Wall get no love from TVLine?! It’s such a great show and definitely is the best original show Lifetime has!

  29. Taylor says:

    How did I miss this update? Too busy this weekend, I guess. But Lisa Edelstein on “The Good Wife”? Genius. That is one gorgeous woman.

  30. tvlover44 says:

    @matt – you meant ‘rubs salt in Lynette’s…’ not ‘runs’. (and ‘the good wife’ all the way for me!)

  31. ana says:

    Lisa go back for tv stay in T.G.W, I love you and Julianna, T.G.W is a best team,Julianna ,Archie,Christinne and my darling Lisa!!!!!