On 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.
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.
9 pm All-Star Celebrity Apprentice (NBC) | Two-hour season premiere: 14 returning celebrities (including Gary Busey and Lisa Rinna) have to 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.
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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