On TV this weekend: Lady Gaga pulls double duty on Saturday Night Live, Almost Human premieres and Eastbound & Down and Hello Ladies come to an end. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
8 pm The Christmas Ornament (Hallmark) | A widow (Kellie Martin, Life Goes On) hopes to find happiness during the holiday season with the help of a Christmas tree shop owner (All My Children‘s Cameron Mathison).
8 pm The Twelve Trees of Christmas (Lifetime) | When her cherished library is set for demolition, a Manhattan woman (Copper‘s Lindy Booth) competes in a Christmas tree contest against the professional decorator (singer Mel B.) recruited by a ruthless developer (Sanctuary‘s Robin Dunne).
8 pm Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth (HBO) | Director Spike Lee brings Tyson’s one-man stage show to TV, where “Iron Mike” recounts his life’s highs and lows.
9 pm The Challenger Disaster (Science/Discovery simulcast) | Science Channel’s first scripted drama chronicles Dr. Richard Feynman’s (Oscar winner William Hurt) efforts to uncover the cause of the 1986 space shuttle Challenger explosion.
9 pm Dancing on the Edge (Starz) | Miniseries finale: The story reaches an electrifying climax as the band, and Masterson and Julian, plan their escape.
11:30 pm Saturday Night Live (NBC) | The ever-eccentric Lady Gaga hosts and performs. Might we see Taran Killam in a bubble dress this time?
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
8 pm Almost Human (Fox) | Series premiere: Thirty-five years in the future, following an unprecedented increase in the crime rate, every police officer must partner with an android. In the pilot of this J.J. Abrams series, John Kennex (Star Trek‘s Karl Urban), a detective and sole survivor of a devastating police ambush, teams up with his robot partner, Dorian (The Good Wife‘s Michael Ealy), as they fight to keep the lid on dangerously evolved criminals. (Get an in-depth preview and read our First Impression.)
8 pm The TeenNick 2013 HALO Awards (Nickelodeon) | Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent), Jennette McCurdy (Sam & Cat) and musician Kevin Jonas host the awards show, which recognizes teens doing extraordinary things.
8 pm Once Upon a Time (ABC) | Pan tries to convince Henry that he can save magic and Neverland; a young Rumplestiltskin receives a magical item that could give him a fresh start with his father.
9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | Florrick/Agos represents its first client, an undocumented immigrant who faces deportation; Eli reconnects with Natalie Flores (Ugly Betty‘s America Ferrera).
9 pm Homeland (Showtime) | Carrie and Quinn pursue a key suspect; Saul deals with political backlash.
9 pm The Walking Dead (AMC) | Multiple enemies put pressure on Rick and the group.
9:30 pm Family Guy (Fox) | Special time! The Griffins take a trip to Italy and are forced to deal with annoying immigration laws; Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) provides a guest voice.
10 pm Eastbound & Down (HBO) | Series finale: Kenny returns a favor, at his boss’s insistence. (My hope is that he’s forced to get a new hairstyle.)
10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | The remaining Red John suspects become the CBI’s priority. (Get scoop.)
10:30 pm Hello Ladies (HBO) | Season finale: Stuart brags to anyone who will listen about his pending night out with Kimberly, and Jessica relishes that the tables have turned with Amelia. (Not yet renewed.)
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