What to Watch This Weekend: Dunham Does SNL, True Detective's Case Closed and 8 Premieres

saturday-night-live-lena-dunhamMake room on the DVR: This weekend, you’ve got Lena Dunham hosting Saturday Night Live, season finales for True Detective and Looking, the debuts of Cosmos, Resurrection and Lindsay and the returns of Once Upon a Time, Good Wife and other series… just to name a few options. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 20 programs to keep on your radar.

SATURDAY, MARCH 8

8 pm The Trip to Bountiful (Lifetime) | When her son and daughter-in-law forbid her to leave the house, Carrie Watts (acting vet Cicely Tyson) makes an escape to the local bus station to visit her hometown of Bountiful. Blair Underwood (L.A. Law) and Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty) also star.

9 pm Black Sails (Starz) | Flint tells Gates the truth, and Randall puts Silver in a bind.

10 pm Freestyle Love Supreme (Pivot) | From New York City, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail (of Broadway’s In the Heights) collaborate with other artists for a hip-hop improv show.

10:15 pm The Graham Norton Show (BBC America) | Season finale: Graham’s guests include Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul (well, count me in!), supermodel Naomi Campbell and singer Ellie Goulding.

11:30 pm Saturday Night Live (NBC) | Lena Dunham hosts, with musical guest The National.

SUNDAY, MARCH 9

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7 pm Animation Domination (Fox) | Bob’s Burgers leads things off in a new time slot (and a guest voice from Parks and Rec’s Aziz Ansari), followed by a double dose of The Simpsons and then Family Guy (where Peter gets a bit too cozy with a family friend voiced by the Lauren Bacall).

8 pm Once Upon a Time (ABC) | Midseason premiere: While Hook attempts to jog Emma’s memory, the Charmings, Regina et al take stock of today’s Enchanted Forest. (Note: The recap special Wicked is Coming airs at 7 pm.) (Read our in-depth preview.)

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9 pm Cosmos (Fox) | Series premiere: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts this reboot of Carl Sagan’s original 1980 series, exploring the vastness of our universe.

9 pm Resurrection (ABC) | Series premiere: The town of Arcadia, Mo. is shocked when deceased loved ones suddenly come back to life (in a nice, non-zombie sort of way). Cast includes Omar Epps (House), Kurtwood Smith (That ’70s Show) and Frances Fisher (Titanic).

9 pm Shameless (Showtime) | Fiona Parallel Construction, Bitchesprepares for her probation officer; Ian gets kicked out of Mickey’s.

9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | Spring premiere: Florrick/Agos and LG fight to secure Lemond Bishop as a client after he is arrested on a drug-related charge. (P.S. Any idea what the show’s Most Shocking Moment Ever might be?)

9 pm The Walking Dead (AMC) | One group finds a shelter, while another has a realization about protection (…and I’m no closer to knowing what this episode is about.)

9 pm True Detective (HBO) | Season finale: An overlooked detail provides Hart and Cohle with an important new lead in their case. (Not yet renewed — officially, at least.)

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10 pm Revenge (ABC) | New time slot alert! Midseason premiere: While Emily continues to be plagued by mysterious blackouts, Victoria confronts two ghosts from her past.

10 pm Lindsay (OWN) | Series premiere: After completing her sixth stint in rehab, starlet Lindsay Lohan moves to New York to work on her sobriety and rebuild her once promising career. But all we really want is Mean Girls 2, right? (Watch a sneak peek.)

10 pm The Mentalist (CBS) | Spring premiere: When a U.S. attorney is found dead in Mexico, Jane’s investigation leads him to join a separatist commune. (Watch a sneak peek, check out Jane’s new digs.)

10 pm Online Dating Rituals of the American Male (Bravo) | Ah, just when I thought Lindsay was the guiltiest pleasure I could watch this weekend. This new reality series follows two men each week as they hunt for their ideal partner via dating sites.

10:30 pm Looking (HBO) | Season finale: Patrick looks to mend fences after Richie’s abrupt exit, and Frank tells Agustin what he really thinks about their relationship and his art. (Yep, renewed.)

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35 Comments
  1. Tessa says:

    Once Upon A Time
    Revenge- tomorrow.
    SNL tonight

    • Stormy says:

      Sunday will be really special. An hour retrospective of OUAT followed by a new episode, then a two hour PBS airing of Bob Dylan:The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration. Yay!

  2. Abu says:

    Once upon a time,
    revenge,
    Looking,
    resurrection
    and the mentalist

  3. Tran 2.0 says:

    SNL with Lena Dunham for me tonight.

  4. Joey Padron says:

    SNL tonight. Sunday Walking Dead, Talking Dead, and Comic Book Men.

  5. thatdude says:

    Shameless/once upon a time/resurrection just to name a few, gonna skip snl

  6. spindae2 says:

    Once can’t come soon enough!

  7. webly3 says:

    Once Upon a Time
    Revenge
    Resurrection
    The Walking Dead

  8. Delirious says:

    “But all we really want is Mean Girls 2, right?”
    -> Rebecca, not to be mean (pun intended), but… You know there’s already a Mean Girls 2, right? It’s a really bad telefilm, and yeah, I think we’re all tempted to ignore it ever existed, but still…

  9. Delirious says:

    Also… OUAT, TWD, will try out Resurrection, and will DVR Simpsons + SNL to watch some other time. And I’m awfully tempted to check out Lindsay, but I’m not completely sure why…

  10. iMember says:

    REVENGEEEE!

  11. Maryann says:

    SAT
    Almost Human (repeat that I missed the first time – episode 10 from Feb. 10)
    Ripper Street
    SUNDAY
    Once Upon a Time
    Cosmos
    The Mentalist
    ONLINE
    True Detective
    Revenge
    Resurrection

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  13. Eric7740 says:

    Once Upon A Time!!!
    The Amazing Race
    Looking!!!

  14. Name That Tune says:

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Once Upon A Time
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    And the DVR will be going for:
    Cosmos
    The Simpsons
    Family Guy
    The Good Wife
    The Mentalist
    Revenge
    Resurrection
    The Walking Dead
    Shameless

  15. Marie says:

    Everything DVR’d. I watch nothing live except sports and the Golden Globes.

    Saturday
    SNL
    The Suze Orman Show

    Sunday
    Cosmos (looking forward to the brilliant visuals)
    Revenge (please be more like season one)
    True Detective (no fricking idea who dun it)
    The Good Wife (can’t wait!)
    The Walking Dead (let them find each other already!)
    The Mentalist (more Van Pelt and Rigsby please)
    Resurrection (is this a remake of the excellent “Les Revenants (The Returned)” from
    France? They’ll have to work hard to do a remake justice. When the original series
    began I kept asking myself “where’s the zombies?”; “why are they not eating
    anyone?”; “where are the screams………the blood?” ……. but the original was brilliant
    at first having you question what you expect from the series, then slowly allowing the
    horror of what’s really going on to creep into your psyche. As much as I enjoy the
    Walking Dead, Les Revanants was a brilliant, Hitchkockian-type of production to
    binge watch. I can see from the trailer that the government is involved, which did not
    happen, at least in the first season, of Les Revanants. It was absolutely worth the
    watch, even with subtitles. I’ll check out Resurrection, but if they “hollywood-it-up too
    much, they’ll lose me.

  16. TC says:

    Watch all 13 eps of the 1980 Cosmos on NGC today and tomorrow

  17. Elizabeth says:

    Once Upon a Time finally! I’ve missed it so much! Also watching and DVRing Cosmos, Resurrection, and Revenge.

  18. Justin says:

    Once upon a time and Walking Dead. Maybe Cosmos

  19. katrina says:

    Once upon a time, Revenge Resurrection, True Detective, & the Lindsay docu. Lol I know I’m bad!

  20. HAP says:

    It appears that the box on the right side “what To Watch Tonight” has last week’s listings.

  21. Sean says:

    Tonight-SNL

    Tomorrow-
    The Simpsons
    Family Guy
    OUAT
    Resurrection
    Revenge

    Later-True Detective

  22. Steve says:

    Saturday:
    Black Sails
    Ripper Street

    Sunday:
    House of Lies
    True Detective
    The Walking Dead
    Once Upon A Time
    Revenge
    The Mentalist
    Resurrection
    The Good Wife

  23. MisterGrimmster says:

    ONCE UPON A TIME & The Walking Dead. I might check out Cosmos and Resurrection.

  24. J says:

    Going to be watching The Mentalist. The episode looks like a perfect mix of fun and suspense (who is after the former CBI agents??)

  25. Cody Drennen says:

    I can’t wait to watch Resurrection as I am from Arcadia Missouri.

  26. Brian says:

    Am I the only one who was disappointed that the Dunham on SNL wasn’t Jeff Dunham??

  27. Ian Barber says:

    Walking Dead
    Looking
    Been saving all the episodes of True Detective for a binge watch!

  28. Sydney says:

    Looking – I am ridiculously addicted to this show. Yeah it’s renewed for season 2 but the wait is going to be so long.

  29. ... says:

    Looking, Shameless, House of Lies, Episodes, Bob’s Burgers, Revenge.

  30. Finally the Mentalist is back – that hiatus took forever!

  31. Brandy says:

    Once Upon a Time

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