On TV this weekend: The White Queen takes the throne, Hell on Wheels is back for Season 3, Larry David gets a Clear History and Breaking Bad gets cooking. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10
8 am – 10 pm Scandal (BET) | In the first of two catch-up marathons the cable network will air, revisit Season 1 and half of Season 2 of the ABC drama.
10 am – 11 pm Primeval: New World (Syfy) | Catch up with a 13-hour marathon, culminating at 5pm with six new episodes, including the series finale.
8 pm The White Queen (Starz) | Series premiere: In England in 1464, three scheming women — Elizabeth Woodville (Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson), Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale, Ripper Street) and Anne Neville (newcomer Faye Marsay) — try to manipulate their way to the throne. Note: A sneak preview aired on Friday.
9 pm Hell on Wheels (AMC) | Season 3 premiere: Cullen and Elam secure their railroad positions in New York; Durant fights for his legacy from prison. (Watch a sneak peek.)
9 pm Clear History (HBO) | Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Jon Hamm (Mad Men) star in this TV-movie about a marketing exec who starts a new life after public humiliation at his workplace. Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Philip Baker Hall, Kate Hudson (Glee), Michael Keaton, Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down) , Amy Ryan (The Office) and Curb alum J.B. Smoove co-star.
11 am Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (Disney XD) | Series premiere: Rick Jones begins making a web-series to show the world Hulk is a hero; Big Green gets his first chance to prove himself.
7:30 pm Good Luck Charlie (Disney Channel) | Spencer surprises Teddy with a visit on her 18th birthday — where he bumps into her new beau Beau. Um, surprise! Cue one of the series’ more emotionally complex episodes (says Matt Mitovich).
8 pm Teen Choice Awards (FOX) | Darren Criss (Glee) and Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) co-host, with One Direction and Paramore scheduled to perform.
9 pm Breaking Bad (AMC) | Midseason premiere: As the final eight episodes get underway, Walt and Jesse adjust to a new kind of life as Hank struggles with a troubling lead. (Get scoop here and here, and relive the most shocking moments.)
9 pm Food Network Star (Food Network) | Season finale: Bobby, Alton and Giada share their favorite moments from the season before crowning the new champ. (I know I put my money on The Pie Guy during the season premiere, but can I switch to Damaris? Please?)
9 pm Law & Order: SVU (NBC) | Repeat to Revisit: Refresh your memory of the turbulent Season 14 finale, which ended in a Benson-related cliffhanger. (Speaking of…. Scoop!)
9 pm Dexter (Showtime) | Dexter takes on a protégé and starts teaching him the Code.
9 pm Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime) | Summer finale: Jane must defend a soon-to-be groom whose bachelor party took him south of the United States-Mexico border. (Read full preview.)
10 pm Low Winter Sun (AMC) | Series premiere: Based on a 2006 British miniseries of the same name, the drama follows Frank Agnew (Mark Strong, Zero Dark Thirty), a Detroit detective who is involved in the murder of a fellow cop. (Watch the first five minutes.)
10 pm The Newsroom (HBO) | Will is distracted during his telecast by a phone call and an unflattering Twitter post; Charlie gets a visit from a longtime friend with knowledge of Operation Genoa.
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