On 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.
SATURDAY, MARCH 30
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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, Rick 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.
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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