The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Weekend

On TV this weekend: The Fall Classic continues, Good Wife brings back a bad guy, Dexter has a crisis of faith, and… did someone order Robot Chicken? Here are 19 programs to keep on your radar.

5 pm House of Bones (Syfy) |
In case this week’s Supernatural got you jonesing for more Charisma Carpenter, here she is in a 2009 TV-movie about two “ghost hunter” types (her and Corin Nemec) who get more than they bargained for.

7:30 College Football (NBC) | Notre Dame hosts USC. Ausiello, you’ll be watching this, right?

8 pm World Series Game 3 (Fox) | With the series tied at 1-1, the Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse goes up against the Rangers’ Matt Harrison. (Game 4 — and there will be one, mark my words — airs Sunday at 8.)

9 pm Homeland (Showtime) | Have you been meaning to catch up on this top-notch new drama? Here’s a marathon of the first three episodes. Go!

9 pm Oliver’s Ghost (Hallmark) | An 11-year-old boy sees dead people. But at least one of ’em is Martin Mull, so at least maybe he can year some ripping yarns about the Fernwood Tonight days.

9 pm Flashpoint (ION) | Miss the season premiere on Tuesday? Here’s your second chance.

9 pm Bedlam (BBC America) | Molly fears the worst when the girl she is babysitting tells stories about an imaginary friend being abused.

8 pm Once Upon a Time (ABC) | Series premiere: What if fairy tale characters were banished to a sleepy burg, unawares of who they were? And what if Dr. Cameron held the key to their freedom? Check out our guide to who’s who and read my very favorable (fable-able?) Fall TV First Impression.

8 pm The Amazing Race (CBS) | Fearing they have broken the rules, one team takes a risk that could cost them the Race.

The Good Wife Exclusive: Amy Sedaris Joins Cast as Eli Gold’s [Spoiler]

9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | When Alicia’s key witness commits suicide, she must turn to bad penny Colin Sweeney, played again by Dylan Baker; Lisa Edelstein wraps (for the time being, at least) her run as Celeste.

9 pm The Walking Dead (AMC) | The only things standing between gunshot young Carl and his life being saved are a somewhat unnerving revelation about his doctor, and several dozen walkers.

9 pm Dexter (Showtime) | Gellar and Travis prompt Dex to question his faith.

9 pm Desperate Housewives (ABC) | Susan’s art teacher (Miguel Ferrer) asks his students to show up for class nude. In college, I once had an English Lit professor ask the same. Then the police showed up.

9 pm Boardwalk Empire (HBO) | Nucky introduces a surprise guest speaker at a Memorial Day dedication for war veterans; Jimmy is taught a painful lesson by a Commodore crony.

9 pm World’s Dirtiest Man (Discovery) | No, it’s not the old guy who reads Esquires in the back of your dad’s barber shop. It’s Mike Rowe, here to illustrate how many living microorganisms live on your body. Because Contagion didn’t mess you up enough.

Pan Am Preview: ER Hunk Goran Visnjic Makes For Some Very Friendly (If Not Downright Sexy) Skies

10 pm Pan Am (ABC) | Goran Visnjic (ER) begins a multi-episode arc as a swoon-worthy passenger who draws the attention of both Maggie and Kate — but mostly Kate. (I’ll have much more on their saucy little assignation later this weekend.)

10 pm Homeland (Showtime) | Brody’s erratic behavior compromises his image as a media-charming American hero.

10:30 pm Dirty Soap (E!) | Kelly (sigh) runs into her ex; Nadia (double-sigh) sings the National Anthem at a ballgame.

11:30 pm Robot Chicken (Adult Swim) | In the second half of Season 5, we are promised “More car crashes. More guns. More kickings. And perhaps most importantly, more Stinkor.”

What might you be watching this weekend?

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  1. Dessy says:

    once upon a Time!!!!
    I really hope the ratings are good!!

  2. Mick says:

    Homeland is the best new show so far! What are great cast. Damien Lewis and Claire Danes are doing such an amazing job!

    • Laurel says:

      I agree Mick.
      Homeland is an intense,intelligent show with an edge.There is nothing else like it on TV.
      I hope Showtime picks it up for a 2nd Season.

  3. Templar says:

    Only Once Upon a Time seems worthwhile.

  4. Rex says:

    Definitely checking out Once Upon a Time this weekend!

  5. David G says:

    Remember Amazing Race will run late because of football.Once Upon a Time has gotten pretty lousy reviews.I might DVR it.Definately watching The Walking Dead,DVRing Boardwalk Empire,watching Homeland.

    • Cat says:

      umm, no It got pretty good reviews.

    • Jessica says:

      TAR shouldn’t start late because CBS is only showing the 1 o’clock game.

    • linda says:

      Seriously,I can`t find the lousy Once Upon a time reviews you have allegedly read.
      But all the big entertainemnt sites (incl.TVline, see Matts link) and well-known freelance-bloggers gave the Once-pilot very good reviews.

      I think you should try the show out! ;)

      • lauren says:

        ITA, I suspect that “David G” is a pseudonym for Phil Keough, LOL. Every Once Upon a Time piece I’ve seen has been positive, if not always glowing.

    • Will says:

      Maybe yours is the only bad review David. G! I already saw the pilot and it was awesome!!

  6. Brandy says:

    Once upon a time, desperate housewives

  7. Liz says:

    I despise Lane Kiffen and Co, so GO FIGHTING IRISH! I also can’t wait to check out Once Upon a Time.

  8. LIsa says:

    Go Rangers!!!

  9. Sophie says:

    I love Pan Am!!

  10. Danielle H says:

    Thank you for taking time out of your days to make this daily what to watch lists; but am I the only one who doesn’t really like these? I would much prefer a return to the once weekly version, because a daily version kind of waters down what really should have attention. I think a weekly version highlighted special TV. Just my 2 cents :).

    • Alicia says:

      Actually, I like the daily version better. It gives people a more timely outlet to comment on their shows vs saying everything they want to get off their chest about every program they follow at the beginning of the week. /2 cents too :)

  11. Lyndsey says:

    Amen to that! Is there a bigger, more undeserving buffoon in college football??! I’m grateful he’s no longer embarrassing my beloved SEC but I still hope he gets his cocky behind whipped every week at USC!!! Go Irish!!!!!

  12. Imane Assi says:

    Dirty Soap,For Nadia Bjorlin.Can’t wait to hear her sing.

  13. nitemar says:

    Once Upon a Time and The Good Wife. Glad to see Jennifer Morrison back on tv. :)

  14. DrRockso says:

    Woo! New Robot Chicken, finally!

  15. Dean says:

    Sunday is probably the best night of the week! I either dvr or watch live The Good Wife, Dexter, Homeland, Pan Am and The Walking Dead. Already saw Once Upon A Time on Imdb and it was pretty good. Jennifer Morrison looks gorgeous and she’s a fine actress! One more show added to my list!

  16. Alex says:

    I’ll give “Once Upon a Time” a shot. I like the idea of the show but there’s something there that tells me is not working. I’ll tune in anyway. After that, I’ll probably watch “The Walking Dead” and catch “The Good Wife” tomorrow online. Then I’ll go ahead and watch “Pan Am”, I like the show but I’m sad that it’s been going down in the ratings (even though I haven’t watch the last two episodes).

  17. Tee says:

    I watched Once Upon a Time on imdb earlier, and I liked it more than I thought I would. Not sure how it will go over a series but willing to give it a try. I felt the same way about the premise for Revenge and I’ve been enjoying that so far.

    I think I still had Jmo’s HIMYM debacle in my head and had forgotten how much I actually liked her on House.

  18. Kath G says:

    Never normally watch ABC shows but Will be watching Once Upon a Time, then The Walking Dead.

  19. Alicia says:

    Once Upon A Time (yay JMo!), The Good Wife (yay LE!), Dexter and Homeland :D

  20. juan says:

    Once Upon a Time, Desperate Housewives, and Pan Am.

  21. Tee says:

    Thank you for the you tube link for BONES’ Halloween teaser.