This is a surprisingly loaded weekend for television. In addition to many of the usual old reliables, a few shows we typically shun have episodes of note, and there are even a few random x-factors popping up, ensuring that you'll have to program your TiVo carefully so as not to miss anything.
Don't believe me? Prepare...to be dazzled!
|The 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards|
Friday at 8PM - NBC - Okay, so maybe I'm trolling slightly with this one, but I couldn't resist mentioning that George Lucas--George "Jar Jar Binks" Lucas--is getting the NAACP's Vanguard Award tonight. For...what? Making a movie about black people? If that were all it took, Tyler Perry would get it every goddamn year.
Friday at 9PM - FOX - Not gonna lie, this episode, in which "a person with a mental disorder might be linked to a series of murders" sounds pretty boilerplate, as Fringe episodes go. Still, it's not like there's anything truly better to watch on a Friday night, is there?
Friday at 10PM - IFC - Joanna Newsom guest stars as a musician suddenly burdened with the logistics of fitting a harp into hybrid sedan. Yeah, I'll watch that.
|2012: Ice Age|
Saturday at 9PM - Syfy - My god, it's like two different Roland Emmerich movies had inbred sex with another, and suddenly this unholy, half-retarded shame child emerged. I love it.
|The Amazing Race|
Sunday at 8PM - CBS - The 20th season begins! Are Norm and Will on this season? No? Then I still don't care about this show.
Sunday at 8PM - FOX - The 500th episode spectacular! Yes, 500 damn episodes of The Simpsons exist, and to celebrate that incredible milestone, the writers have banished the family to an "off-the-grid existence" in a no-man's wasteland. And they also got Julian Assange to guest-star. Wait, what?
Sunday at 9PM - FOX - Ricky Gervais voices a talking dolphin who befriends the Griffin family. I can't tell you how long I've waited to type out that sentence. Oh, wait, yes I can. 30 years. 30 years is how long I've waited.
|The Walking Dead|
Sunday at 9PM - AMC - After last week's banger of a mid-season return, we can expect a perhaps slightly more muted episode this week. Still, sounds like Rick, Glen, and Herschel will be fighting off both human and zombie enemies in town, while Shane will be going after Lori. Yes, let Shane deal with Lori, and let Rick murder some motherfuckers. I'm fine with this.
Sunday at 9PM - PBS - Okay, so I've effectively ignored this show up until now, and I feel a bit like a complete asshole, because what few bits I've seen now seem kind of great. I think it's partially because of my absurd love of Maggie Smith, but here, yes, Downton Abbey, totally. Sunday is the second season finale. Please to be giving me more.
Sunday at 9PM - NBC - A new season, in which such amazing celebrities as Arsenio Hall, Clay Aiken, Deborah Gibson, and Penn Jillette. None of these are as crazy/great/crazygreat as Gary Busey, but hey, Arsenio!
Sunday at 9PM - HBO - At some point this show is going to make some goddamn sense. It has to, right?
|Eastbound & Down|
Sunday at 10PM - HBO - The third season opens with Kenny stuck in the dregs of minor league baseball hell in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Say what you will about Danny McBride, but Kenny Powers rarely fails to make me laugh. I am excited.
|Life's Too Short|
Sunday at 10:30PM - HBO - Series premiere. I'm still not completely able to understand the precise premise of this show, but I also don't care. Gervais and Merchant together in anything guarantees I will watch, and the stuff I've seen with Warwick Davis has been brilliant. Can't wait.
|A Tribute to Bernie Mac|
Sunday at 10PM - Comedy Central - I'm not entirely sure why now, four years after his death, Comedy Central has suddenly assembled a tribute to the great comedian, but hey, considering this includes a bunch of his early stand-up stuff, I'm not complaining.
Sunday at 10PM - ABC - The season finale, which depending on how generous ABC is feeling this summer, could be the series finale. I was on board with this show for a bit, but fell off as it started getting weirder and weirder. Anyone stick with it for the full run? How'd you end up feeling about it?