The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Weekend

On TV this weekend: Fast cars, fastballs, puppies battling babies and Georgians battling zombies. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features and reporting, here are 20 programs to keep on your radar.

7:30 pm NASCAR: Sprint Cup Series (ABC) | Live, from Concord, N.C., the Bank of America 500!

8 pm American League Championship Series (Fox) | The Texas Rangers hope to use home field advantage to claim the pennant.

8:30 pm How to Be a Gentleman (CBS) | Those who RSVP for the show’s new time slot will find Andrew attending his ex-girlfriend’s wedding — where he learns she met her husband while they were still together.

9 pm Bedlam (BBC America) | Jed learns secrets about Ryan’s past.

10 pm Craig Ferguson: Does This Need to Be Said? (Comedy Central) | In this stand-up special, the late-night host explains his love for “friendly cussing,” shares what sex education was like growing up in Scotland, and tells how celebrity scandals make for easy work days.

10 pm Don’t Tell the Bride (OWN) | I”m not big on unscripted “reality” series but this one portends to have disastrous results: Grooms-to-be are given a $25,000 and 100-percent free reign to plan their wedding — with no input from their fiancees.

10 pm Puppies Vs. Babies (Animal Planet) | Critters don’t battle crawlers per se here — that’d be something, right? Instead, it’s a competition among the cuuuuuutest Internet videos.

11:30 pm Saturday Night Live (NBC) | Ahhhhnna Faris hosts, with musical guest Drake. But can she chug Hidden Valley Ranch?

4 pm National League Championship Series (TBS) | The Brewers host the Cardinals for Game 6.

8 pm Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC) | Paul DiMeo consults with Matt Roloff (of TLC’s Little People, Big World) when the team designs a house for a family that includes a daughter with dwarfism. CostCo has good deals on cases of Kirkland facial tissue, FYI.

8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | Originally to air last Thursday, it’s Part 2 of the visits to the judges’ homes.

The Walking Dead‘s Sarah Wayne Callies: ‘Season 2 Somehow Makes Last Year Look Tame!’

9 pm The Walking Dead (AMC) | Now working with a full 13-episode season, the show takes some extra moments to “breathe,” and in doing so develop its characters. But have no fear, there are still a lot of walkers to be dealt with. In this season opener: Someone goes missing after the convoy is stymied by a highway cluttered with abandoned cars, another friendly suffers a potentially fatal injury, and you get a crash course in (gulp) (wince) zombie gastroenterology.

9 pm Dexter (Showtime) | A serial killer from Dexter’s past offers a glimpse of his future.

9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | Will and Diane reconsider the firms direction; Harvey Fierstein (Hairspray) guest stars as a judge.

9 pm Desperate Housewives (ABC) | Miguel Ferrer debuts as Susan’s fussy art teacher, while Gaby gets stuck in a “school drop-off zone” storyline leftover from Modern Family circa Oct. 5.

10 pm CSI: Miami (CBS) | 24 fave Carlos Bernard kicks off his recurring run as Horatio’s new nemesis — no, not a sunglasses strap, but a wealthy dude named Diego Navarro.

10 pm Hung (HBO) | Kaitlin Doubleday (Cavemen) kicks off a multi-episode arc as a comely former student of Ray’s whom he meets under rather awkward circumstances.

10 pm Pan Am (ABC) | It’s “Sky Girls Gone Wild!” when the crew has a layover in Rangoon.

10 pm Against the Wall (Lifetime) | Lina and Abby investigate a police officer’s apparent suicide.

10 pm Homeland (Showtime) | What do Nicholas Brody and American Horror Story‘s Ben Harmon have in common? You’re about to find out. [Sad trombone]

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  1. Amanda says:

    I would love a DNG-style skit with Jimmy Brooks. That would be hilarious!

  2. Dessy says:

    Ben Harmon and Nicolas Brody…….
    do they both love to walk around naked?

  3. fernando says:

    Like always it’s Desperate Housewives and Pan Am for me.

  4. Lisa says:

    I thought “How to be a Gentleman” was canceled?

    • satirex says:

      It was moved to Saturday,then production was shut down. But they plan to air the ones that have been filmed, so it is airing on Saturday until they run out (unless the ratings are SO bad, they decided to drop even that).

  5. Simon Jester says:

    I’ll be DVRing WALKING DEAD… but watching BOARDWALK EMPIRE. Chalky gets out of the clink, yo!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    It’s Dexter & Homeland for moi.

  7. mdaily says:

    The Good Wife!

    But if baseball causes overruns, then I go to Showtime for Dexter-liciousness and Homeland. If not TGW live, and then Dexter-Homeland via On Demand. Sunday nights are great TV nights.

  8. BeachBum says:

    Boardwalk Empire
    The Walking Dead
    Desperate Housewives
    Pam Am
    The X Factor

    Sunday is my favorite TV night (still missing True Blood and Breaking Bad). Thank Zeus for multiple showings and a dvr.

  9. Josh says:


  10. J says:

    Panam and Homeland. Best new shows.

  11. Haddie says:

    Harvey Fierstein is not the only guest star on this Sunday’s The Good Wife. Lisa Edelstein is doing the second episode of her arc as well.

    Boy, Matt you must really dislike her to pimp all the girls from House all the time and never put in a good word for Lisa.

    Jeez, would that hurt you to be a bit more of a pro?

    • Alicia says:

      LE isn’t on TGW again until the 5th ep; your troll game needs work.

      • @ Alicia says:

        LE *is* in tomorrow’s ep, FYI

      • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

        Lisa E is in fact in this week’s episode of TGW — and several after that. I’d like to think that her fans — myself very much and always included, despite this “Haddie’s” versions of reality — know its a multi-episode run, that’s why I didn’t mention it. (As a rule, I only promote the start of a recurring run; it gets redundant to assume people have sieves for brains and need reminding.) I could post a long list of links to pro-Cuddy/Huddy stories I have done over the years for assorted sites, but I am not here to embarrass “Haddie” and the like.

        • Alicia says:

          Whoops D: thanks for the clarification. Guess I would’ve just been pleasantly surprised to see her tomorrow night.
          Also, this “several after that” intrigues me… is LE slated for another arc already?? :D

          • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

            Sorry, I’m typing after a long day out with the sons. She is doing at least three (including Oct. 23), but nothing officially confirmed beyond that. You know TVLine will keep you posted ;)

  12. Blue says:

    Matt always hated Lisa and i hate her too. She has too much chemistry with Hugh Laurie and being a hilson that bothers me a lot and i want to kill her

  13. Juan says:

    Desperate Housewives and Pan Am, Pan Am was amazing last episode and DH is good this year

  14. blingedupsusan says:

    So glad I read this post just in time to catch Craig Ferguson’s comedy central show. Watching it now. I love him.

  15. Shirley says:

    Why, or why are Walking Dead, Dexter and The Good Wife on at the sametime. I need to DVR all three!

  16. Against the wall fan says:

    Thanks for finally giving a great show like Against the Wall some love on the tv worth watching! Hopefully it’s the first of many shoutouts.

  17. Kath G says:

    The walking Dead and Broadwalk Empire. The only shows to watch on Sunday night. As for Lisa E after that interview she just gave, to hell with her! What a prima Donna!