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.
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.
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.
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.
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.