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

RELATED | Once Upon a Time at Sunday PaleyFest: Who’ll Be There, How You Can Watch

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.

RELATED | Enlightened Season 2 Finale Preview: Mike White Talks Renewal Hopes and Happy Endings

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.

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

 



Comments (46)

  • Once

    Comment by SK – March 3, 2013 06:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ditto. Once.

      Comment by Katie – March 3, 2013 06:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Once and Walking Dead.

      Oh thank goodness REVENGE returns next week!

      Comment by iMember – March 3, 2013 08:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Amen to the fact that Revenge is back next week! In the meantime, I will be watching:
        Amazing Race
        Good Wife
        Mentalist

        And I’ll DVR Red Widow just to see if it’s any good!

        Comment by Judy Tankoos – March 3, 2013 12:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Twice

      Comment by Meh-Man – March 3, 2013 11:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Fee Times A Mady!

        Comment by TV Gord – March 3, 2013 02:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Once Upon A Time ; Vikings ; The Bible ; The Mentalist.

    Comment by kirads09 – March 3, 2013 06:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Isn’t that last week episode of Californication?

    Comment by FRNG – March 3, 2013 06:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Good Wife, The Mentalist and DVR The Red Widow.

    Comment by tahina – March 3, 2013 06:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • is family guy new tonight?

    Comment by david – March 3, 2013 06:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No, but there are two new Cleveland Shows at 7:30 and 8:30 eastern, with a Simpsons in between. :-)

      Comment by TV Gord – March 3, 2013 02:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So why did you leave “Once Upon a Time” off the list?

    Comment by MaryAnn – March 3, 2013 06:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They have a blue link to a separate story. Same with Enlightening.

      Comment by Danyelle – March 3, 2013 07:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Once Upon A Time and The Walking Dead

    Comment by Leslie – March 3, 2013 06:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Amazing Race. Missed out last week because of the Oscars.

    Comment by Tran – March 3, 2013 07:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So much to watch! Once, Mentalist, Amazing Race, Good Wife, Red Widow, Vikings, Walking Dead. No Revenge tonight eh?

    Comment by mia – March 3, 2013 07:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Revenge will be back next Sunday. Whooooo!

      Comment by iMember – March 3, 2013 08:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Shameless, Good Wife, Fox cartoons.

    Comment by J.W. – March 3, 2013 07:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Once Upon A Time Shameless The Mentalist is what I’m watching tonight

    Comment by Aleana – March 3, 2013 07:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Enlightened season 2 finale OF COURSE!!! (Gee, stop underrating it) plus girls and the walking dead…

    Comment by Joseph – March 3, 2013 07:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Once
    The Celebrity Apprentice.

    Comment by Leondre – March 3, 2013 08:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Could you stop not including Shameless? One of the best shows on tv right now and you consistently ignore it.

    Comment by Brandon – March 3, 2013 08:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • @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.

      Comment by forwarddad – March 3, 2013 10:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I think what BRANDON is saying is that there is hardly ever any articles about Shameless PERIOD. TVLine doesn’t ever talk about it much. No need to be nasty.

        Comment by Julie – March 3, 2013 11:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I agree, I never see Shameless on here (nor do they have many articles on it) and tonight’s episode looks amazing.

          Comment by Lauren – March 3, 2013 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I never noticed a link. Where is it?

        Comment by nick1372 – March 3, 2013 03:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • There isn’t a link for Shameless. I can see two for Once and one for Enlightened, no Shameless one. It’s never mentioned.

          Comment by Lauren – March 3, 2013 04:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Yeah its to bad too because shameless is consistently good.

            Comment by Julie – March 3, 2013 05:28 PM PDT  
  • Once tonight, I wish I had my Revenge tonight too.

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

    Comment by fernando rodriguez (@Fernanaberry) – March 3, 2013 08:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Once. Not sure if I’ll check out Red Widow or not.

    Comment by Mary – March 3, 2013 08:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Don’t. So bad.

      Comment by Mark – March 3, 2013 10:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Oh, hey! She might like it – I didn’t, but somebody must – mustn’t they? Anyway, not all craptastic pilot episodes lead to really bad series – just most of them.

        Comment by Katie_Mead – March 3, 2013 05:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Once
    The Walking Dead
    Bob’s Burgers
    Girls
    Enlightened
    Shameless

    Comment by Bradley – March 3, 2013 08:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Once, Amazing Race, Walking Dead, and Celebrity Apprentice (SO happy it’s back).

    Comment by Babybop – March 3, 2013 08:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Mel – March 3, 2013 09:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • LILY RABE IS ON THE GOODWIFE AGAIN? THAT’S THE BEST NEWS I’VE HAD ALL MY LIFE

    Comment by Remus – March 3, 2013 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Once and Good Wife (five episodes in a row, yeah!) :))

    Comment by Viv – March 3, 2013 10:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Vikings, The bible and Red Widow

    Comment by Toms1€ – March 3, 2013 10:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ouat and good wife. red widow lookd boring and overdone.

    Comment by ollie – March 3, 2013 11:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by DavidSask – March 3, 2013 12:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Amazing Race
    The Mentalist
    The Bible
    Vikings
    Shameless
    Worst Cooks in America

    Comment by King – March 3, 2013 12:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I forgot Worst Cooks was on tonight!! Love that show.

      Comment by Babybop – March 3, 2013 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • once, the walking dead, vikings.

    Comment by Pati D – March 3, 2013 01:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OUAT and The Mentalist

    Comment by Andy – March 3, 2013 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by S – March 4, 2013 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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