What to Watch This Weekend: Mad Men Is Back, Shameless Finale, Vikings Showdown and More

Saturday Night LiveOn TV this weekend: The Mad Men (and women) are back in ad-making action, Mike & Molly star Melissa McCarthy presides over Saturday Night Live for a second time, the NCAA Basketball Tournament‘s Final Four face off and Shameless, Californication and House of Lies wrap for the season. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.


6 pm NCAA Basketball Tournament Final Four (CBS) | As the contest draws to a close, Wichita State goes up again Louisville. In the evening’s second match-up, which is slated to begin at 8:30, Syracuse battles Michigan.

8 pm Doctor Who (BBC America) | The Festival of Offerings is in full swing on the rings of Akhaten. Clara meets the Queen of Years, but something’s stirring in the pyramid, and a sacrifice must be made.

9 pm Orphan Black (BBC America) | With a body in her car and nowhere to turn, Sarah continues her con. And, oh look – there’s another woman who looks just like her! (Watch a video preview.)

9 pm Smash (NBC) | Time slot premiere: Tom enlists Liza Minnelli to plan a surprise for Ivy, while Richard asks Eileen to spend less time at work and more time with him.

11:30 pm Saturday Night Live (NBC) | Melissa McCarthy returns to host, with musical guest Phoenix.

SUNDAY, APRIL 7Mad Men (Season 6)

8 pm Academy of Country Music Awards (CBS) | Blake Shelton (The Voice) and Luke Bryan host the three-hour awards ceremony, which features performances by Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, Stevie Wonder, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift and more.

PREVIEW | Mad Men Season 6 – Can You Guess What’s Going on in 10 Premiere Photos?

9 pm Mad Men (AMC) | Two-hour Season 6 premiere: Don and Megan take a tropical trip, Peggy handles a commercial crisis and Roger experiences loss.

9 pm Game of Thrones (HBO) | It’s an eventful night for the Stark girls: Sansa says too much, and Arya runs into the Brotherhood Without Banners. (And for those who’ve been waiting, Jaime Lannister returns.)

9 pm Chopped All-Stars (Food Network) | Season 3 premiere: In Round 1, Food Network and Cooking Channel favorites Nadia G, Jeff Mauro, Gabriele Corcos and Sunny Anderson brave the baskets as they battle to be the last chef standing.Episode 312

9 pm Shameless (Showtime) | Season 3 finale: Lip is graduating from high school, and Frank wins a bet. (Get scoop!) (Yep, already renewed.)

9 pm Army Wives (Lifetime) | Jackie’s son comes home with some surprising news; Holly is disappointed when she can’t talk to Tim after his squad is ambushed.

9:30 pm The Cleveland Show (Fox) | Arianna the Bear is rude to Donna, and it somehow leads to Cleveland being accused of murder.

RELATED | Vikings Renewed for Season 2

10 pm Vikings (History) | Ragnar, weak and still hurt, engages the Earl in a fight to the death after it comes to light that Haraldson ordered Rollo tortured.

10 pm House of Lies (Showtime) | Season 2 finale: Marty’s dealings lead to unintended consequences. (Yep, already renewed.)

10:30 pm Californication (Showtime) | Season 6 finale: Hank, Charlie and Marcy all make big decisions – and at least one of those momentous choices involves marriage. (Yep, already renewed.)

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

Comments (32)

  • ill be watching all 6 episodes of Vikings this weekend! can’t wait to get caught up! :)

    Comment by Elyse – April 6, 2013 06:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • House of Lies, Vikings and Mad Men!

    Comment by LynnH – April 6, 2013 06:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wrestlemania 29 and the acm awards

    Comment by Alex – April 6, 2013 06:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Saturday Night Live w/ Melissa McCarthy & the new season of Mad Men.

    Comment by Jack Bauer 2.0 – April 6, 2013 07:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Doctor Who!!!!!! And Orphan Black. Yay for genre Saturdays.

    Comment by mia – April 6, 2013 07:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ACMA awards.

    Comment by lyn – April 6, 2013 07:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sat:
    Orphan Black

    Game of Thrones

    Comment by kirads09 – April 6, 2013 07:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Smash & Client List

    Comment by Brandy – April 6, 2013 07:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Really loved what they did with Sansa last season on Game Of Thrones, she was so smart, but so far this season, not looking so good – trusting baylish of all people.

    Comment by Martin – April 6, 2013 08:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Orphan Black, Game of Thrones, House of Lies, Vikings.

    Comment by Steve – April 6, 2013 08:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wrestlemania 29….. I want to see got, mad men and shameless later

    Comment by Jose – April 6, 2013 09:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • GoT

    Comment by dude – April 6, 2013 09:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i am steeling myself for a SNL sophomore slump. the writing has just been terrible this season, but i’m a hard core fan, so i have to watch.

    Comment by cjeffery7 – April 6, 2013 09:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Doctor Who, Orphan Black, and Game of Thrones.

    Comment by David – April 6, 2013 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Orphan Black!!

    Comment by nick1372 – April 6, 2013 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wouldn’t it be funny if Smash suddenly gained an audience following its move to Saturday nights since there’s nothing else really on?

    Comment by Danielle H. – April 6, 2013 01:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Too much info on the Mad Men premiere. Roger experiences loss? really?

    Comment by shump – April 6, 2013 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Smash and SNL!

    Comment by sdexta – April 6, 2013 01:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • GO CUSE!!!!!!

    Comment by ollie – April 6, 2013 03:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OrphAn black, game of thrones, Vikings and client list

    Comment by Bill – April 6, 2013 06:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t understand what grounds the Earl had for his assassination attempt let alone the full out attack where he slaughtered the village of women and children and men. Earl calls him a criminal but for what? Everything hes done he got resolved. The sailing to the West, his wife killing Kanut, etc.

    Comment by M3rc Nate – April 6, 2013 07:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Doctor Who, Call the Midwife, Mad Men, Game of Thrones…

    Comment by Simon Jester – April 6, 2013 11:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is there a reason the network shows are on hiatus this week?

    Comment by Sara – April 7, 2013 01:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think because of the ACMAs.

      Comment by Elyse – April 7, 2013 06:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What happened to Call the Midwife and Mr. Selfridge on PBS? The series’ premieres last week were great. I looked forward to the Midwifes every week last year. Jeremy Piven is dazzling as Harry Selfridge, with the promise to be more so each week….if Selfridge’s hubris does not get the best of him!

    Comment by Coastranger – April 7, 2013 01:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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    Comment by Jan Beckett – April 7, 2013 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aww, I was so looking forward to the return of the overexcited exclamation points in the Mad Man description!. I loved those! They were genius!
    Not much to watch for me tonight. Looks like it will be Mad Men and Shameless only. I’m glad Shameless got renewed. I can’t remember if I knew that already or not.

    Comment by Britta Unfiltered – April 7, 2013 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ooh, yikes, I forgot to add in Game of Thrones. That was a big oopsie.

      Comment by Britta Unfiltered – April 7, 2013 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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