Weekend Picks: Wrestlemania, Futurama, and the science of traffic

By Stefanie Lee

Aug 28, 2009

It's the weekend -- and True Blood is kicking some ratings butt!

Here are the weekend's key new episodes:

Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? (8 p.m., ABC)
What Not to Wear (9 p.m., TLC) | Monk (9 p.m., USA)
Chefs vs. City (10 p.m., FOOD) | Psych (10 p.m., USA)

Big Brother (8 p.m., CBS) | Food Network Challenge (8 p.m., FOOD)
Daytime Emmy Awards (8 p.m., CW)
There Goes The Neighborhood (9 p.m., CBS)
Shark Tank (9 p.m., ABC) | Iron Chef America (9 p.m., FOOD)
Defying Gravity (10 p.m., ABC) | Mad Men (10 p.m., AMC)
Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami (10 p.m., E!)
HGTV Design Star (10 p.m., HGTV)
Hung (10 p.m., HBO) | Entourage (10:30 p.m., HBO)

Also on the airwaves ...

Truth About Traffic (7 p.m., DSC): Traffic is a lot more interesting when you're learning about it on TV and not stuck in it on the freeway. Tune in to find out more about the science behind traffic -- you might learn a thing or two to speed up your commute!

Tropic Thunder (8 p.m., HBO): Five words: Robert Downey, Jr. in blackface.

Eureka (9 p.m., Syfy): The town suffers from an Alzheimer's epidemic? Allison (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) goes into labor? Sounds like some good old-fashioned Eureka suspense.

25th Anniversary of Wrestlemania (9 p.m., NBC): It's hard to believe that just 25 years ago, the world didn't have Wrestlemania. Celebrate a quarter-century of spandex, stringy hair, and staple guns with epic matchups and an appearance by Mickey Rourke.

MadTV rerun (11 p.m., FOX): Catch Mo Collins, Will Sasso, and all the other hilarious alums performing as their old characters in this rerun of the series finale. Funnyman Fred Willard hosts.

Futurama (9 p.m., COMEDY): This four-parter, entitled "Into the Wild Green Yonder," was originally released as a feature-length movie. Check it out on the small screen and relive some Futurama memories.

Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew (9 p.m., MTV): This week, the dancers have to incorporate Bollywood dancing into hip-hop routines. This could be awesome -- or disastrous.

True Blood (9 p.m., HBO): Jump on the bandwagon with 5.3 million viewers from last week and watch Bill (Stephen Moyer) ask the Vampire Queen (Evan Rachel Wood) for advice and Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) keep an eye on Tara (Rutina Wesley).

What are you watching this weekend?

UPDATE: An earlier version of this story stated that Eureka's Season 3 finale would air on Friday. In fact, the finale has not aired yet. The story also stated that "Into the Wild Green Yonder" was Futurama's 4-part Season 5 finale. In fact, the episodes form a feature-length movie. The story has been updated with the correct information. Thanks to users alecs777 and BeachfrontGlass for alerting us.

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  • abbyrose Aug 31, 2009

    True Blood pretty much the only good thing on that list.

  • neomichel Aug 29, 2009

    Friday: Eureka and Psych. Sunday: True Blood.

  • BeachfrontGlass Aug 28, 2009

    Futurama had movies this year, not episodes.... And I saw that one months ago!

  • alecs777 Aug 28, 2009

    It's not Eureka's season finale this Friday. I mean, today. There are 2 more episodes besides the one with the Alzheimer's epidemic.

  • sandbur Aug 28, 2009

    True Blood! Everything else is just air time...