What to Watch This Weekend: Downton Abbey Finale, Very Good Wife, Deadly Revenge & More

Beyonce_doc_HBOOn TV this weekend: Beyoncé shows us what makes her irreplaceable, a Revenge plot claims its casualties, Downton Abbey gives the help the next several months off and Californication reunites Hurley and Shannon. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.


8 pm Pastor Brown (Lifetime) | TV-movie: A woman (Eureka‘s Salli Richardson-Whitfield) returns home to honor her dying dad’s final command to take over as pastor of the family church – despite her sordid past and the son she abandoned years ago. Tisha Campbell-Martin, Nicole Ari Parker and Michael B. Jordan co-star.

9 pm Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream (HBO) | The Grammy winner serves up this self-produced, Truth or Dare-style documentary offering a peek into her personal life – including her return to the spotlight after daughter Blue Ivy’s birth in 2012.

11 pm-6 am Curb Your Enthusiasm marathon (TV Land) | Seven hours of Larry David’s neurotic comedy? Pretty, pretty, pretty good.

11:30 pm Saturday Night Live (NBC) | Django Unchained‘s Christoph Waltz hosts with musical guest Alabama Shakes.DowntonAbbey_S3finale


PREVIEW | Once Upon a Time Will Leave Viewers ‘In a Tumultuous Situation

8 pm Killing Lincoln (Nat Geo) | The story of John Wilkes Booth’s fateful action, based on Bill O’Reilly’s bestseller, narrated by Tom Hanks and starring Billy Campbell (The Killing) as Lincoln.

8 pm The Amazing Race (CBS) | Season 22 premiere: In a series first, three teams quit during the first Roadblock of the season. (Peruse the cast list and place your bets on who’ll fold first.)

8 pm The Simpsons (Fox) | A shaving experiment leaves Milhouse looking just like his father. (Stick around for a broadcast of the Oscar-nominated short Maggie Simpson in: The Longest Daycare.)

PREVIEW | Bob’s Burgers Cues Up a Musical!

9 pm Downton Abbey (PBS) | Two-hour season finale: The Crawleys head to a Scottish hunting lodge, while the downstairs staff stays behind at the estate. New romances flare up, and a crisis unfolds. (Keep a stiff upper lip – the series is already renewed.)

9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | Office politics get fired up when Will and Diane ask Alicia and Cary to face off against them in a mock trial; Eli tries to keep his post in Peter’s campaign. Kyle MacLachlan (Desperate Housewives) and Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon a Time) guest-star. (Get a lil’ scoop!)CHRISTA B. ALLEN, JOSH BOWMAN

9 pm Revenge (ABC) | The Graysons hold their annual Labor Day bash, while Jack and Amanda run into serious trouble on the high seas.

9 pm The Walking Dead (AMC) | As the group debates its next course of action, Rick wanders after a lost friend. (Given his state of mind lately, why do I suspect that this “friend” might not really be there? Oh Rick, please don’t get munched on while you’re stumbling around with the walkers…)

9 pm Family Guy (Fox) | Obsessed with Anne Murray (who guest-voices herself), Brian and Stewie visit the Canadian singer to find out the true meaning of her hit “Snowbird.”

9:30 pm Enlightened (HBO) | Amy’s dreams of a perfect life with Jeff end when Levi unexpectedly returns from rehab in Hawaii.

PREVIEW | The Mentalist First Look: Homeland‘s Zuleikha Robinson Ruffles Jane’s Feathers

10 pm House of Lies (Showtime) | Marty gets a visit from his militant brother (Rescue Me‘s Larenz Tate).

10:30 pm Californication (Showtime) | Losties Maggie Grace and Jorge Garcia share the screen when Hank, Charlie and Faith ask Garcia’s character for help with one of Atticus’ demands. (Watch a clip.)

Hit the comments with your must-see picks from the weekend’s lineup!

Comments (29)

  • You can bet your bottoms I’ll be watching Revenge! Top priority show this weekend what with the big BANG about to happen and after last week’s awesome episode! Once Upon A Time, The Walking Dead, and Downton Abbey are also shows I’ll be watching the latter two of which I’m DVR’ing for after Revenge.

    Comment by iMember – February 16, 2013 07:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by Yoki – February 16, 2013 07:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What about Once Upon a Time? THat is supposed to be one of the biggest, most important episodes of the series to date.

    Comment by Zorkel567 – February 16, 2013 07:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ditto! I want to see if they really find Rumple’s son!

      Comment by Mike (@A_mah_zing_8584) – February 16, 2013 07:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It is in the blue lettering before the 8:00 pm stuff on Sunday. They did a whole article on the awesomeness of this weeks episode. Give them a break.

      Comment by Me – February 16, 2013 08:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They have a link to a story on the “biggest, most important episodes of the series to date.”

      Comment by Lauren – February 16, 2013 08:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by Nick – February 16, 2013 07:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OUAT, Walking Dead, and Mentalist, that’s a full night!

    Comment by jonathon – February 16, 2013 07:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So looking forward to Revenge and Once Upon A Time!! I so hope the dead body is Nate Ryan, but I am very excited to see how everything plays out!

    Comment by Matt – February 16, 2013 07:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s my guess too. After the trick at the Fire and Ice ball last season, they won’t fool me again. Nate Ryan for the win!

      Comment by lll – February 16, 2013 08:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I definitely think Nate is dying, but so is someone close to Emily.

      Comment by iMember – February 16, 2013 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Revenge has finally returned to being good again

    Comment by Jake – February 16, 2013 08:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Good Wife, no doubt. From the spoilers and previews, this is gonna be the best episode of the season.

    Comment by Daisy – February 16, 2013 08:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Once Upon A Time, Downton Abbey, and The Walking Dead! Sunday nights are the best.

    Comment by Leslie – February 16, 2013 08:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • the walking dead, revenge, once upon a time and the good wife! very excited for all four!

    Comment by omabin – February 16, 2013 09:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OUAT

    Comment by Brandy – February 16, 2013 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OUAT, Revenge, and The Mentalist

    Comment by Andy – February 16, 2013 11:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ouat ,utterly confused by the spoliers though I might only be surprised if they kill off rump which would be a huge mistake. revenge, I also think it will be nate to go, hope he takes the whole stupid stowaway plot with him. good wife

    Comment by ollie – February 16, 2013 11:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Monday is the best. Ouat, Good Wife, Shameless, Walking Dead. Maybe Revenge, it’s been pretty dull this season.

    Comment by Lauren – February 16, 2013 01:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Revenge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    OUAT TOO!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Leondre – February 16, 2013 01:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • SNL, Amazing Race and the season finale of Downton Abbey.

    Comment by Kevin – February 16, 2013 02:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No mention of Shameless?

    Comment by Ben – February 17, 2013 09:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Once, Revenge, The Good Good Good Wife, The Stumbling Formerly Alive

    Comment by bobbie – February 17, 2013 10:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OUAT, The Good Wife, and Downton Abbey. What a phenominal lineup!

    Comment by CW – February 17, 2013 11:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Revenge!

    Comment by N – February 17, 2013 11:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You could have mentioned Lisa Edelstein guests on House of Lies tonight. Or put a link of the news in between timeslot. That episode if actually pretty good.

    Comment by Lavia – February 17, 2013 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by Faster – February 18, 2013 08:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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