What to Watch This Weekend: Game of Thrones Returns, Walking Dead's Killer Finale and More

Doctor WhoOn TV this weekend: The TARDIS brings back Doctor Who, Orphan Black finds herself in the clone zone, The Bible closes, it’s a whole new Game of Thrones, Rick & Co. come to a Walking Dead stop and March Madness culls the Elite 8. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.


4:30 pm NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (CBS) | Syracuse vs. Marquette [“Let’s go, Orange!” says WTW editor Matt Mitovich], then Wichita State vs. Ohio State (at 7 pm)

7 pm The Carpenter’s Miracle (GMC) | Cameron Mathison (All My Children) stars in this made-for-TV movie about a woodworker whose touch miraculously brings a boy back from the dead – and who then must deal with the media frenzy that follows.

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8 pm Doctor Who (BBC America) | Midseason premiere: The Doctor’s search for Clara brings him to London, where something dangerous lurks in the wi-fi, picking off and imprisoning minds. (That should make you feel better about not being able to get a signal, right?)

8 pm Too Cute! (Animal Planet) | Really, Too Cute!? It’s Easter weekend, and you’re going with a kitten-themed show? Talk about dropping the precious widdle cottontailed ball…

9 pm Orphan Black (BBC America) | Series premiere: Tatiana Maslany (Being Erica) stars as Sarah, an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically — and not necessarily for the better — after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Jordan Gavaris (Degrassi), Dylan Bruce (As the World Turns) and Maria Doyle Kennedy (Downton Abbey) co-star in the new series, created by Graeme Manson (Flashpoint) and John Fawcett (Spartacus). (Check out our preview Q&A with Maslany.)

10 pm The Nerdist (BBC America) | Season premiere: Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith, Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany and Lostie Dominic Monaghan kick off the second season with host Chris Hardwick.

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2 pm NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (CBS) | Michigan vs. Florida, then Louisville vs. Duke (at 5 pm)

7 pm It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (ABC) | The Peanuts gang bumbles through preparations for the spring holiday until the Easter Beagle arrives to show ’em how it’s done. (Fun fact: Tonight’s showing is the special’s first on network television since 1982.)

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8 pm The Bible (History) | Two-hour miniseries finale: As Mark Burnett’s religious epic comes to a close, the crowd clamors for Jesus’ death and He is crucified. And then… well, we don’t want to spoil you.

8 pm Call the Midwife (PBS) | Season 2 premiere: Nonnatus House celebrates Nurse Jenny Lee’s birthday, and Trixie and Sister Evangelina board a Swedish cargo ship to help the captain’s pregnant daughter.

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9 pm Mr. Selfridge (PBS) | Two-hour miniseries premiere: Masterpiece Classic presents Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as Harry Gordon Selfridge, a slick American retail magnate who shows early 1900s Londoners how to shop. Frances O’Connor (Cashmere Mafia) and Samuel West (Van Helsing) co-star.

9 pm Game of Thrones (HBO) | Season 3 premiere: We pick up where last season left off: Jon’s about to meet the King Beyond the Wall, Tyrion wants a little thanks for holding King’s Landing during Blackwater, Daenerys (and her dragons) look to build an army, and Cersei isn’t quite sure where she fits in Joffrey’s life now that Margaery is around — but she’s sure she doesn’t like it. (Watch a trailer, find out about the new players, get a look at this season’s cast and slay a little scoop!)

9 pm The Walking Dead (AMC) | Season 3 finale: As the Governor’s impending attack looms over them, TWD_GP_316_1130_0099Rick and the group have to seriously consider if the prison is worth defending. (Check out preview pics, and watch Spoiler Alert! at the bottom of this post for scoop on the episode.) (And yes, already renewed.) On a related note, The Talking Dead also wraps its season at 10 pm.

9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | Dylan Baker (Damages) returns when Alicia and Will learn that an impending Supreme Court ruling could result in Colin Sweeney being jailed for life. (Get Baker’s take on his character’s chances.) Also, Diane reunites with Kurt McVeigh (returning guest star Gary Cole, Office Space) and Morena Baccarin (Homeland) reprises her role as Sweeney’s baby mama Isobel.

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10 pm The Client List (Lifetime) | When Riley discovers that Derek’s been keeping a secret that jeopardizes The Rub, she — because she’s Riley — figures out a way to turn it into a business opportunity.

10:30 pm Californication (Showtime) | Hank and Faith join forces, Karen has an epiphany about Becca and Charlie gets tased again – in the head.

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  1. dude says:

    Walking Dead GoT Yeahhh!!!

  2. iMember says:

    Revenge’s Masquerade and then The Walking Dead finale. Sunday shall be fun!

  3. Mark says:

    Doctor Who + Game of Thrones = Good weekend. My sisters are really into Call The Midwife after watching the first season on Netflix but it’s not my thing.

  4. Lena says:

    Walking Dead finale!

  5. Jack Harkness says:

    This day just keeps getting better. Just read that David Tennant and Billie Piper are returning to Doctor Who.

  6. M says:

    Doctor Who + Game of Thrones + The Walking Dead finale = PERFECT TV WEEKEND!

  7. Elyse says:

    the Walking Dead!!!! :)

  8. Gary says:

    The Walking Dead
    Game of Thrones

    They’re all on at the same time so I’ll have to catch one as a repeat. I may also watch Amazing Race and Celebrity Apprentice (also at 9). I wouldn’t mind checking out the Bible either since I’m in the mood for some comedy and this is supposed to be the episode where Jesus gets the death penalty and turns into a zombie.

  9. I don’t have HBO but Game of Thrones is an awesome show and I’ll wait next weekend for an all-new Saturday Night Live with Melissa McCarthy.

  10. mia says:

    Orphan Black, Doctor Who, Amazing Race, Walking Dead, Good Wife, Call the Midwife, Game of Thrones, The Client List, Revenge, Once Upon a Time, The Mentalist
    …… I feel sorry for my pvr already

  11. MaryAnn says:

    I’m watching:

    Orphan Black premiere on BBC America
    Red Widow

  12. Christine says:

    Anyone else laughing at the irony with Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead? :P

  13. Brandy says:

    Client List

  14. Ryan says:

    Orphan Black
    Game of Thrones

  15. ollie says:

    saturday su vs marquette .GO CUSE!! revenge and good wife. gah it sucks I dont have hbo so im stuck reading recaps and then waiting a year for it on dvd. question to mitovich, how did u become a su fan? I live about 40 mins from there and me and my husband get season tickets for su.football and try to go a bball.game.

    • ollie says:

      also, anybody else see the irony that revenge has a halloween ep on easter.lol

    • Drew says:

      ollie wrote: “it sucks I dont have hbo”

      Actually, there’s a free preview weekend of HBO and Cinemax on a lot of cable systems this weekend. It started yesterday, and runs through Monday night. Enjoy!

  16. Andy says:

    Just Revenge for my Sunday night

  17. Steve F. says:

    It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown + The Amazing Race + The Walking Dead = one happy me! (No HBO, so no GoT yet.)

  18. nick1372 says:

    Revenge & Orphan Black

  19. g.g72 says:


  20. Bill says:

    Revenge, walking dead, game of thrones and apprentice

  21. kirads09 says:

    Watched Orphan Black – really, really good. Intriguing. A keeper.


    Game of Thrones (is there really anything else?) :-D

    DVR: Bible and Vikings.

  22. ruby says:

    Wow!!can’t guess who would win the 9pm ratings(Game of thrones or walking dead) !!!its gonna be a good one..Game of thrones returns am so stoked!!!

  23. Cecelia says:

    Call The Midwife – Woo hoo! I’m so excited it’s back. A truly excellent show that deserves a lot more attention than it’s getting. Dare I say it? Yes, I like it more than Downton Abbey.

  24. Theresa says:

    Watching Amazing Race, Walking Dead & Talking Dead. DVR Orphan Black, The Nerdist, Revenge, Shameless, Game of Thrones, House of Lies & Doctor Who Special.

  25. John says:

    Army Wives, Red Widow, The Client List. All set.

  26. CW says:

    The Good Wife.

  27. Mellie says:

    The Good Wife. :)

  28. Jackie says:

    Real housewives of ATL
    Walking dead

  29. Melanie says:

    Oh my! It’s Sunday night and my DVR will be hopping! 9pm: Watch Walking Dead live, DVR Revenge for later, catch Good Wife on On Demand tomorrow. 10pm Watch Game of Thrones (it reruns at 10 and 11 tonight!), DVR Talking Dead and DVR Red Widow for later. Whew! If OUAT was a new one, I’d be watching that, too.

  30. Amy says:

    I feel like they’ve been setting up Hershel as a casualty for tonight on “The Walking Dead.” Hope I’m wrong…

  31. Bob says:

    Who says weekend TV is a vast wasteland: Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead. Holy hell, I’ve hit the trifecta!