What to Watch This Weekend: Almost Human Begins, Eastbound Ends, Good Wife and More

saturday-night-live-lady-gagaOn 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.


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?



VIDEO | Almost Human‘s Karl Urban Previews ‘Uneasy’ Human-Robotic Life in 2048
VIDEO | Almost Human Cast, EPs Detail a Lesson in Human Nature, Courtesy of Androids

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.

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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.

VIDEO | Witches of East End Exclusive: Freya Comes Clean to Ingrid About [Spoiler]

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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  1. D.W. says:

    Almost Human…Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Dennis says:

    Almost human, the good wife!

  3. Maryann says:

    Almost Human
    Once Upon a Time
    The Mentalist
    Betrayal (online)
    Witches of East End (online)

  4. Maryann says:

    Since Homeland is a Sunday show, I will ask my question about it here. I have seen the premiere and read a lot about it, and I am trying to decide whether to watch. Is the portrayal Of Brody we see in the opener, as someone who broke and betrayed his country, really representative of the man, or does he show more redeeming qualities as the show progresses?

    • Rob Olivier says:

      Hi Maryann, To somewhat answer your question, Brody is a little of both, but this season so far has focused more on Carrie and Saul and the politics and betrayal of politics in the agencies involved. A great deal of “who should you trust and what is the big picture” type of drama. I think it has been worth it. Hope this helps you.

    • Nicolas says:

      Seven episodes in, Brody has appeared in only one episode to date.

      • Ashley says:


        Man, I’ve not watched Homeland since mid-season one and plan on catching up shortly, but from what you’ve just said I gather the show has changed a lot since season one then?

        • Britta Unfiltered says:

          The show seems to take some pride in making itself a different show every season, or at least, that’s what they say. Season two was definitely a different direction than season one, so I give them that.
          Maryann, to answer your question, Brody is a pretty complex character, and there’s a good reason why he does everything he does. I think you’d like the show. I know I don’t know you and your taste at all, but everyone I’ve recommended the show to so far has seemed to enjoy it and been glad for the recommendation.

  5. joey says:

    SNL, Almost Human, Walking Dead, Talking Dead, and Comic Book Men.

  6. Tran 2.0 says:

    Saturday: SNL with Lady Gaga. Sunday: Almost Human, Homeland and Total Divas.

  7. I do think it’s a mistake for people to credit Urban as “Star Trek’s Karl Urban” when referring to Almost Human. It might make people think that the show is about Bones and Data or something, lol. Were he credited as “Dredd’s Karl Urban”, then that evokes an entirely different idea. Judge Dredd with an android sidekick.

  8. shuayb says:

    I hope more people should watch Revenge. Its so good this year. Cmon America, us Revengers want 5 seasons please.

    • Bad Samaritan says:

      More people should remember that The Walking Dead is on again at eleven, so no one ever has to miss either show!

      • wrstlgirl says:

        Some people need to realize that a lot of folks have to be up in the wee hours for work so that’s a bit late. Yes, it can be recorded but if you do you’re spoiled before you get to watch it.

  9. Justin says:

    Walking Dead, Almost Human and Once Upon a Time

  10. Brandy says:


  11. Cindy says:

    Why does a rapist get a stage show on HBO and why would you recommend that people watch it? Short memories?

    • Drew says:

      Well, technically speaking, he was tried, convicted, sentenced, served his time, and was released, so now that he’s paid his debt to society, we’re supposed to move on. Apparently, you haven’t…

  12. ollie says:

    Ouat revenge good wife almost human

  13. Matt says:


  14. kenara says:

    Last weeks episode of The Good Wife kind of fell of the map for me. It just felt like an unimportant episode of TGW. After “Hitting The Fan”, I expected the producers to keep some level of excitement.

  15. Carolyn says:

    Tonight’s TGW is the 100th show! I’m really happy with what’s been happening. You can’t expect every week to be quite as exciting as “Hitting the Fan!” Now the firm has to settle down with all the problems a new startup will have! The show’s great and I’m never disappointed!

  16. wrstlgirl says:

    Almost Human, Revenge, Betrayal, The Walking Dead. DVR Once, Talking Dead. I watch Homeland & Masters of Sex when they repeat throughout the week.

  17. SK says:

    Once Upon A Time

  18. Britta Unfiltered says:

    HBO, please renew Hello Ladies.