Fringe, The Amazing Race, and Saturday Night Live: Backstage

By Stefanie Lee

Feb 18, 2011


7 p.m., ESPN

NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

It’s the NBA vs. Tinseltown in the kick-off event of NBA All-Star weekend. Celebrity players include Justin Bieber, Jimmy Kimmel, Common, and... Jason Alexander? Sure, why not.

8 p.m., CBS

The Defenders

Nick (Jim Belushi) represents a judge (guest star Dan Aykroyd) who's been charged with several counts of drug possession. I wonder if they’ll sing a duet after the court date.

9 p.m., FOX


Who cares that the case of the week involves a widow in mourning? It’s all about the baby-daddy drama now. After a week of waiting, we get to see whether Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Olivia (Anna Torv) can strengthen their emotional bond—or whether Fauxlivia will tell him about her bun in the oven and screw everything up again.

Also on the airwaves...
Supernanny, 8 p.m., ABC
Kitchen Nightmares, 8 p.m., FOX
Who Do You Think You Are?, 8 p.m., NBC
Smallville, 8 p.m., CW
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, 8:30 p.m., CARTOON
CSI: NY, 9 p.m., CBS
Supernatural, 9 p.m., CW
Law & Order: UK, 9 p.m., BBC America
The Ricky Gervais Show, 9 p.m., HBO
Ghost Adventures, 9 p.m., Syfy
Blue Bloods, 10 p.m., CBS
The Soup, 10 p.m., E!
Real Time with Bill Maher, 10 p.m., HBO
Onion News Network, 10 p.m., IFC
Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, 10 p.m., STARZ
Merlin, 10 p.m., Syfy
Portlandia, 10:30 p.m., IFC
NCAA Men’s Basketball: Virginia Commonwealth v. Wichita State, Connecticut v. Louisville, Kent State v. Drexel


8:30 p.m., TNT

NBA All-Star Saturday Night

It’s time for the skills challenge, the three-point shootout, and my personal favorite, the slam dunk contest! Ballin’. Literally.

Series 3 premiere, 9 p.m., BBC America

Being Human

Though SyFy's American remake of this show is still in its first season, the original British version is starting its third! In the premiere, Annie's (Lenora Crichlow) friends try to get her out of purgatory—but Mitchell (Aidan Turner) decides to travel to the Afterlife in order to find her.

Also on the airwaves...
The Graham Norton Show, 10:15 p.m., BBC America
NCAA Men’s Basketball: Hofstra v. Wright State, Pittsburgh v. St. John’s, Austin Peay v. Fairfield, Colorado v. Kansas, Iona v. Liberty, Boston College v. North Carolina, Missouri State v. Valparaiso, Vermont v. College of Charleston, Washington v. Arizona, George Mason v. Northern Iowa, Cincinnati v. Providence, Illinois v. Michigan State, Utah State v. St. Mary’s, Texas A&M; v. Oklahoma State, Montana v. Long Beach State


Season 18 premiere, 8 p.m., CBS

The Amazing Race

The theme of this season is “Unfinished Business”—and that means the return of teams from previous seasons, including cowboys Jet and Cord McCoy and goths Kent Kaliber and Vyxsin Fiala.

9 p.m., NBC

Saturday Night Live Backstage

This behind-the-scenes special features audition clips, fan-favorite skits, commentary from stars like Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and interviews with guest hosts like Alec Baldwin and Jon Hamm.

9:30 p.m., FOX

The Cleveland Show

It’s a day of revelations for Cleveland: Not only does he find out that he and Donna aren’t legally married, but he also learns that Terry is gay—and dating some dude named Paul (guest star Justin Timberlake). Then, all four of them head to Vermont for a double wedding!

Season 1 finale, 9:30 p.m., SHO


It was a short season, sure, but a sweet one, too. In the first-season finale, Pucks! finishes shooting, so Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly (Tamsin Greig) can return to England—but not before Sean senses something fishy between Beverly and Matt (Matt LeBlanc).

10 p.m., CBS

CSI: Miami

Horatio Caine (David Caruso) is back after a month-long hiatus! In this episode, the man who murdered Horatio’s wife returns to Miami and wreaks havoc. Grab your sunglasses.

Also on the airwaves...
American Dad!, 7:30 p.m., FOX
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8 p.m., ABC
The Simpsons, 8 p.m., FOX
Jerseylicious, 8 p.m., STYLE
Bob’s Burgers, 8:30 p.m., FOX
Desperate Housewives, 9 p.m., ABC
Undercover Boss, 9 p.m., CBS
Family Guy, 9 p.m., FOX
Worst Cooks in America, Season 2 finale, 9 p.m., FOOD
Big Love, 9 p.m., HBO
Californication, 9 p.m., SHO
Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, 9 p.m., STYLE
Brothers and Sister, 10 p.m., ABC
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Reunion Part 2, 10 p.m., BRAVO
Kourtney and Kim Take New York, 10 p.m., E!
Shameless, 10 p.m., SHO
Holly’s World, 10:30 p.m., E!
NBA Basketball: All-Star Game
NHL Hockey: Canadiens v. Flames, Penguins v. Blackhawks
NASCAR Racing: Daytona 500
NCAA Basketball: Ohio State v. Purdue, Florida v. LSU, Yale v. Princeton, Cleveland State v. Old Dominion, Clemson v. Miami, Georgetown v. DePaul, Southeastern Louisiana v. Florida International
NCAA Women’s Basketball: Maryland v. Florida State, Ohio State v. Florida

What are you watching this weekend?

Follow writer Stefanie Lee on Twitter: @StefAtTVDotCom

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  • frontman19 Feb 20, 2011

    A lot for Sunday...Amazing Race, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Bob's Burgers, Worst Cooks In America.

  • torontogirl98 Feb 20, 2011

    It sucks we don't get Being Human season 3 in Canada yet

  • shootingstar609 Feb 20, 2011

    Fringe!!!!! I loved the storyline with the two people who can't let go of each other. I also liked the implied scientific explanation of ghosts as people from the other side who are in the same place we are and have a connection. As always, Walter's meddling is adorable.

  • CharmedOneP391 Feb 19, 2011

    Smallville Fringe Supernatural Family Guy & Cleveland Show

  • Nagowteena Feb 19, 2011

    Being Human as well.

  • saxyroro Feb 19, 2011

    Supernatural, Kitchen Nightmares, Ricky Gervais Show (LOL) And Episodes is sooo underrated. This is really funny.

  • Nagowteena Feb 19, 2011

    Smallville, Fringe, Supernatural.

  • sandbur Feb 18, 2011


  • TheBam711 Feb 18, 2011

    The Defenders, Fringe, Blue Bloods, Portlandia, Californication and Shameless. Woohoo!

  • JustinJohnson9 Feb 18, 2011

    Fringe, The Defenders, CSI: NY, Blue Bloods, Merlin, Being Human (US version).

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