On TV this weekend: Syfy’s Snowman ain’t no Frosty, Adam Levine is Live and kickin’, the Screen Actors Guild Awards celebrate TV and film’s best, a Good Wife‘s great dilemma and The Mentalist finds his nemesis’ handiwork in an old case. Here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26
8 pm Victorious (Nickelodeon) | Tori thinks her biggest fear, while performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a televised game, is forgetting the lyrics. She soon learns she’s very wrong.
8:30 pm Maz Jobrani: I Come in Peace (Showtime) | The Knights of Prosperity alum performs his stand-up routine.
9 pm Abominable Snowman (Syfy) | Think winter’s rough by you? The skiers and snowboarders in this flick have to battle a man-eating Bigfoot, a blizzard and an avalanche or two (and there’s probably not even hot chocolate waiting for them at the lodge). Adrian Paul (Highlander), Chuck Campbell (Sanctuary) star.
11:30 pm Saturday Night Live (NBC) | Voice coach/Horror Story amputee/Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine makes his hosting debut, with musical guest Kendrick Lamar.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27
8 pm Screen Actors Guild Awards (TNT/TBS) | Tune in to see your TV and film faves celebrated at the less-booze-than-the-Globes, less-stuffy-than-the-Oscars gala. Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, Falling Skies‘ Noah Wyle, 30 Rock‘s Alec Baldwin and Private Practice‘s Taye Diggs are among those scheduled to appear. (Check out this year’s TV nominees.)
8 pm The Simpsons (Fox) | When a near-death situation prompts Homer and Marge to name legal guardians for the kids, their prospects include Homer’s half-brother Herb (guest-voiced by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Danny DeVito) and a cool woman named Portia (Parks and Recreation‘s Rashida Jones).
9 pm The Makeover (ABC) | In this Hallmark Hall of Fame TV-movie, Julia Stiles (Dexter) plays an education consultant who tries to get an unpolished beer vendor (Bent‘s David Walton) elected to Congress… and falls for him in the process. Frances Fisher (Titanic), Camryn Manheim (The Practice) and Georgia Lyman (Brotherhood) co-star.
9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | Alicia is conflicted when she’s presented with a career-changing offer that carries a large financial risk. (Don’t fall for it! That guy’s not really a wealthy foreigner – heck, he’s probably not even from Nigeria!)
9 pm Downton Abbey (PBS) | New servants try to fit in on the estate; new evidence turns up in a baffling case.
9 pm Family Guy (Fox) | Quagmire accidentally weds a prostitute (?) and pretends to be lovers with Peter to get out of the marriage. Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara, Smash‘s Megan Hilty and Parenthood‘s Mae Whitman lend their voices to the episode.
9:30 pm American Dad! (Fox) | High and low culture collide as the animated sitcom sends up Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County.
9:30 pm Enlightened (HBO) | Levi escapes Open Air for a night of drug- and alcohol-filled debauchery. But when the hangover wears off, will he return to rehab?
10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | The team investigates a 25-year-old case that seems to involve both Red John and the Visualize group. Kyle Secor (Homicide: Life on the Street) and Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager) guest-star.
10:30 pm Californication (Showtime) | Hank and Faith attend a funeral; Robbie Mac takes Charlie out on the town.
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