What to Watch Sunday: Vikings Arrive, Meet the Red Widow, Californication Goes Goth and More

the bibleOn TV this Sunday: History’s Vikings quest begins; Mark Burnett’s Bible out-prays, out-sacrifices and out-miracles all other miniseries; Californication is a dope show; The Good Wife‘s Elsbeth gets crafty; and Red Widow begins to mourn. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

PREVIEW | Once Upon a Time: Jennifer Morrison on Emma’s Complicated Love Life and a Dark Threat

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8 pm The Bible (History) | Two-hour miniseries premiere: Mark Burnett (Survivor) and wife Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel) executive-produce a live action/CGI-enhanced version of the greatest story ever told. Downey plays Mary and Portugese TV star Diogo Morgado plays Jesus in the five-part project; the cast also includes Amber Rose Revah (The Borgias) and Sean Teale (the U.K. Skins).

8 pm The Simpsons (Fox) | Bart and the family discover that Grampa used to be “Gorgeous Godfrey,” the most feared villain in pro-wrestling history – and when Monty Burns realizes that his childhood idol is right there in Springfield, he coaxes him back into the ring.

RELATED | Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

9 pm All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (NBC) | Two-hour season premiere: 14 returning celebrities (including Gary Busey and Lisa Rinna) have GORAN VISNJIC, RADHA MITCHELLto make and sell meatballs in a fundraising competition for charity.

9 pm Red Widow (ABC) | Two-hour premiere: Radha Mitchell (Silent Hill) stars as a widow forced to fill her husband’s role in a crime ring in order to protect her family. Goran Visnjic (ER), Lee Tergesen (Oz), Clifton Collins, Jr. (The Event) and Jaime Ray Newman (CSI: NY) co-star. (Read our First Impression, watch a promo and check out a photo.)

9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | The Justice Department won’t reveal who’ll testify against Eli, so Elsbeth takes AUA Perrotti (Kyle MacLachlan) to civil court, where he’ll have to answer her questions. Lily Rabe (American Horror Story) and Dominic Chianese (The Sopranos) return as guest stars. (View photos.)

9 pm The Walking Dead (AMC) | Rick leads an expedition to get more weapons to defend against the Governor’s forces. (Get fresh scoop from PaleyFest.)

9 pm Oprah’s Next Chapter (OWN) | Oprah sits down with the Wayans, the multi-generational “first family of comedy” — Keenan, Kim, Shawn, Marlon, Damon Jr., Damien Dante and Craig included.

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10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | Jane & Co. investigate the murder of an elderly heiress whose remains are found in her spooky mansion. Michael Gladis (Mad Men) and Mariette HartleyVikings_Lagertha_Ragnar_DW (Peyton Place) guest.

10 pm Vikings (History) | Series premiere: The cable channel’s inaugural scripted series is a violent, sexy family saga about Norse warriors that stars Travis Fimmel (The Beast), Katheryn Winnick (Bones), Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment) and Jessalyn Gilsig (Glee). (Read preview.)

10:30 pm Californication (Showtime) | Hank and Karen’s plan to scare Becca straight runs off the rails when she meets her rock idol Marilyn Manson, who suggests a sinfully alternative path.

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  1. kirads09 says:

    Once Upon A Time ; Vikings ; The Bible ; The Mentalist.

  2. FRNG says:

    Isn’t that last week episode of Californication?

  3. tahina says:

    The Good Wife, The Mentalist and DVR The Red Widow.

  4. david says:

    is family guy new tonight?

  5. MaryAnn says:

    So why did you leave “Once Upon a Time” off the list?

  6. Leslie says:

    Once Upon A Time and The Walking Dead

  7. Tran says:

    Amazing Race. Missed out last week because of the Oscars.

  8. mia says:

    So much to watch! Once, Mentalist, Amazing Race, Good Wife, Red Widow, Vikings, Walking Dead. No Revenge tonight eh?

  9. J.W. says:

    Shameless, Good Wife, Fox cartoons.

  10. Aleana says:

    Once Upon A Time Shameless The Mentalist is what I’m watching tonight

  11. Joseph says:

    Enlightened season 2 finale OF COURSE!!! (Gee, stop underrating it) plus girls and the walking dead…

  12. Leondre says:

    The Celebrity Apprentice.

  13. Brandon says:

    Could you stop not including Shameless? One of the best shows on tv right now and you consistently ignore it.

    • forwarddad says:

      @Bryan do you understand as has been explained a billion times, they are highlighting some Of the nights shows . NOT ALL. It’s a preview. Click on the link to see all. Jeesh.

  14. Once tonight, I wish I had my Revenge tonight too.

    But cant wait for Next Week: Once, Revenge, Army Wives, & Client List

  15. Mary says:

    Once. Not sure if I’ll check out Red Widow or not.

  16. Bradley says:

    The Walking Dead
    Bob’s Burgers

  17. Babybop says:

    Once, Amazing Race, Walking Dead, and Celebrity Apprentice (SO happy it’s back).

  18. Mel says:

    What an embarrasment of riches on TV tonight – TWD, The Bible, Vikings, TGW, Enlightened, Shameless, Californication, House of Lies, Girls and Once, will check out Red Window too. Enough TV for a week! Yay for DVRs!

  19. Remus says:


  20. Viv says:

    Once and Good Wife (five episodes in a row, yeah!) :))

  21. Toms1€ says:

    Vikings, The bible and Red Widow

  22. ollie says:

    ouat and good wife. red widow lookd boring and overdone.

  23. DavidSask says:

    Your write up on Californication was for last week. I hope the Bible is good my grandparents will love and for me going to check out the Vikings.

  24. King says:

    The Amazing Race
    The Mentalist
    The Bible
    Worst Cooks in America

  25. Pati D says:

    once, the walking dead, vikings.

  26. Andy says:

    OUAT and The Mentalist

  27. S says:

    There hasn’t been anything on TVLine about Vikings last night. How did it do in ratings?
    I was expecting it to be another one of those shows that is easy to tear yourself away from, but I enjoyed watching it it.