What to Watch: The TVLine-Up for This Weekend

On TV this weekend: A “mini” version of Titanic sets sail, SOAPnet hosts a Veronica Mars-athon, HBO goes Girls crazy and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are several programs to keep on your radar.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14

8 pm Titanic (ABC) | This two-night miniseries, penned by Downton Abbey‘s Julian Fellowes, kicks off with three hours that track similar events from different characters’ points of view, each culminating in a cliff-hanger as the ship begins to founder. The final hour (airing Sunday at 9 aka the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s sinking) weaves all the storylines together as tragedy strikes. The cast includes Linus Roache (Law & Order) and Geraldine Somerville (Harry Potter’s mom), but also watch for Ruth Bradley (as “Mary Maloney”), who was cast as the beauty in ABC’s Beauty and the Beast pilot.

8 pm Gia (Lifetime) | Celebrate the world event that is Brad and Angelina’s engagement by revisiting this TV-movie starring Ms. Jolie as 1970s supermodel Gia Carangi. Elizabeth Mitchell? Icing on the cake.

9 pm Being Human (BBC America) | Series 4 finale: The Old Ones have arrived and are intent on taking over the world by force; when Cutler’s plans go awry, he plots revenge on his own kind.

11:30 pm Saturday Night Live (NBC) | Josh Brolin hosts with musical guest Gotye.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15

8 am Veronica Mars (SOAPnet) | Kristen Bell’s teen P.I. arrives on the cable channel with an 11-hour marathon of the gone-too-soon series’ first 11 episodes. (From there on, episodes will air weekdays at 5 and 6 pm, plus on weekends.

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8 pm Harry’s Law (NBC) | As part of a wager with her old boss, Harry’s team must walk the catwalk at an annual fashion event; Oliver and Phoebe defend a high school girl facing drug trafficking charges for dealing the Morning After pill.

8:30 pm Bob’s Burgers (Fox) | Bob’s family persuades him to buy a food truck and compete with the ones stealing his customers right outside the restaurant. Megan Mullally (Breaking In Will & Grace) guest-voices Linda’s sister, who has a hobby of painting animals’ backsides.

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9 pm The Killing (AMC) | Sarah and Holder identify the mystery man with the tattoo; Jamie attempts to enlist Gwen’s help; Stan learns his past may have come back to haunt him.

9 pm Nurse Jackie (Showtime) | Detoxing in rehab, Jackie meets her roommate — an elderly, unfriendly klepto; at All Saints, Mike Cruz’s (Bobby Cannavale) innovations continue to irk the staff, save for Coop.

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10 pm NYC 22 (CBS) | Adam Goldberg (The Unusuals) and Leelee Sobieski (Joan of Arc) are among the stars of his new series about six diverse NYPD rookies. Terry Kinney (Oz) plays their boss.

10 pm Mad Men (AMC) | Lane strikes up an interesting friendship! Pete entertains guests!!

10 pm The Client List (Lifetime) | When Riley stumbles upon the phone number of a woman from her husband’s past, she blows off some steam at a bar with some of the gals from work. Cue musical performance while wearing a half-shirt! No, seriously.

10 pm Eastbound & Down (HBO) | Season 3 finale: As Kenny adjusts to the new realities of his life, a twist of fate alters his future with the Mermen.

10:30 pm Girls (HBO) | Premiere: Series creator Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture), Jemima Kirke (Tiny Furniture), Allison Williams (American Dreams) and Zosia Mamet (Mad Men) stars in this serio-comic look at the humiliations and rare triumphs experienced by of a group of NYC gal pals in their early 20s.

Which of the above is must-see for you? Also, hit Comments to offer your own tune-in suggestions.

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37 Comments
  1. Nick says:

    Harrys Law
    The Amazing Race

  2. mdaily says:

    Frak! My cable provider stopped carrying SoapNet. Is there no justice in the world?! *wailing*

  3. Jackie says:

    Mad Men and The Good Wife is my must see this weekend!

  4. Dick Whitman says:

    Looks like you forgot the most important thing to watch this week (and te next 7 weeks): Game of Thrones’ new episode which introduces one of the badass-est characters of the series: Brienne of Tarth. 9/8c on HBO!

  5. Is there a sitcom a sitcom/animated show Megan Mullally hasn’t been on this season?

    Mad Men, Girls, Game of Thrones are my top picks. Can’t wait for Veep next Sunday.

  6. Michi says:

    So excited for everyone who hasn’t seen Veronica Mars to see it! Dear everyone who has soapnet – watch it, you honestly won’t regret it!

    (Here’s me hoping for high ratings and increase our slim chances for a movie!)

    • Sparky says:

      None of them have aged a bit – still hold out hopes too that we might get to see it!!! Thank you Ausiello for mentioning it

    • JAmandaFan says:

      Yes! We need a Veronica Mars movie!

      • orchardist says:

        I JUST got into Veronica Mars this weekend. I so agree with this. I’d love to see her as an FBI agent and have her reassigned to LA with her first case being about Hollywood producer “Logan Echolls”. Right? This would work.

  7. theresa says:

    Being Human, That Metal Show, Amazing Race, The Killing & GCB.

  8. Jules says:

    Love Bob’s Burger, but cannot stand Mrs Mullaly…
    She destroy Breaking In…and now gonna have to support her as Linda sister…..what a torture!!!😜
    and Game of Thrones…
    Anyway that’s only tommorow…until then..it look like I’m gonna watch a bunch of movies this sathurday…

  9. eve says:

    I’ve already seen the Titanic miniseries and I wouldn’t recommend it. Terrible, terrible. Watch a Titanic doc on another channel or go see Leo and Kate again, much better use of your time.

  10. Gerald says:

    GCB, Game of Thrones and might check out Girls….

  11. Superhero says:

    I’ll be watching Game of Thrones, Girls, and Mad Men. Already saw the new episode of The Borgias on Showtime Anytime (though I still can’t for the life of me find anything particularly redeeming about that show), and I’ll probably catch up on The Killing (though I again struggle to say why) when college is through and I have more time.

  12. TheBeach says:

    Wow, Game of Thrones, The Killing, Mad Men, Nurse Jackie, etc, etc.There are just too many good things on Sunday nights. Thank goodness for DVRs so I can have quality shows to watch on dull nights later in the week.

  13. GCB and Game of Thrones (in my dreams, I wish I had HBO)

  14. Brandy says:

    GCB, Client List

  15. T says:

    GCB
    Game of Thrones

  16. May says:

    GCB, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, and Girls for me. I don’t even know why I’m checking “Girls” out, but let’s give it a shot.

  17. Lois says:

    Being Human’s season finale is a must watch.

  18. Rachel says:

    You forgot the most important show at 9 pm on Sunday – the Good Wife!!

  19. Britta Unfiltered says:

    Sounds like Mad Men will be featuring two of my favorites this Sunday: Jared Harris and Alison Brie. At least I hope Alison Brie would be at a party where Pete is entertaining guests. Game of Thrones is my other must see. And The Borgias. And The Big C. One of these days I might try Eastbound & Down.

  20. albtrex says:

    Veronica Mars!!! <3
    Still hoping for a movie!!!!!!!!!!

  21. kirads09 says:

    Sunday night:
    Mythbusters
    Unchained Reaction

  22. ladyluck527 says:

    Veronica Mars
    Nurse Jackie
    The Killing
    Breakout Kings
    Harry’s Law
    G.C.B
    Army Wives

    I have 2 DVRs

  23. nikki says:

    Winter is coming! Game of Thrones!

  24. isabel says:

    The Good Wife!

  25. Sally Westbrook says:

    the engagement that is a “world event” PLEASE………………… ugh

  26. Danielle says:

    The chick on the end in the picture for Girls had a recurring role on Mad Men. She is the lesbian photographer. On the episode last week she was smirking about the photos from the Chicago nurse killings with Peggy and a few of her coworkers.

  27. Holly says:

    Gia is a fascinating film. Didn’t realize Elizabeth Mitchell was in it along with Angela Jolie. The film is based on the book Gia: Thing of Beauty. She was a creation. Nothing like her looks.

  28. Jane says:

    Girls was the worst pilot I’ve ever seen on cable television.

  29. Rolfe says:

    Girls was amazing! So true to life. Ever 20-something should watch.

  30. Roxann Wyman says:

    When Riley stumbles upon the phone number of a woman from her husband’s past, she blows off some steam at a bar with some of the gals from work.

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