What to Watch This Weekend: Fringe, Eastbound & Down, and Girls

By Price Peterson

Apr 13, 2012

Fuuuhh-riday! That's today, that's how I say "Friday" now. Fuuuuh-riday. See, it's just a fun way to pronounce it. Friday is like the entrance to the Funzone part of the week. How will you spend your time in the Funzone? With some good TV perhaps?

What to watch on Friday, April 13...

8pm, Fox
The Finder
The premise of "The Last Meal" is exhausting just writing about: In order to save a marriage, Walter must track down a chef who is on the run from the mob in order for that chef to provide the recipe for the unhappy couple's favorite anniversary meal. Elsewhere, Willa gets her identity stolen! No offense, The Finder, but it's been a long week, this better be more fun than it sounds.

9pm, Fox
Fringe
In "The Consultant," Walter must take a quick trip to the alternate universe in order to figure out a Fringe situation that may have repercussions for both realities. Meanwhile, the slightly unlikable David Robert Jones calls his next target. You know, as David Robert Jones is wont to do.

10pm, Starz
Magic City
Tonight Ike looks into the disappearance of Strauss while the District Attorney enlists Ike's son to help battle organized crime. (Potential conflict alert!) Meanwhile Stevie and Lily's sexytime affair heats up!

SEASON 6 PREMIERE, 9pm, PBS
Art21: Art in the Twenty-First Century
Would it kill us to get a little more culture in our TV diets? The season premiere of this long-running PBS series takes a look at Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei; Ghanian sculptor El Anatsui; and American photographer Catherine Opie. If you don't know who any of them are (I sure don't) then all the more reason to tune in!

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Fred: The Show, 8 p.m., Nickelodeon
Shark Tank, 8 p.m., ABC
Undercover Boss, 8 p.m., NBC
ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends In Concert, 9 p.m., CBS
America's Most Wanted, 9 p.m., Lifetime
Fairly Legal, 9 p.m., USA
Grimm, 9 p.m., NBC
Primetime: What Would You Do?, 9 p.m., ABC
20/20, 10 p.m., ABC
Dateline NBC, 10 p.m., NBC
In Plain Sight, 10 p.m., USA
The Ultimate Fighter Live, 10 p.m., FX
Real Time with Bill Maher, 10 p.m., HBO

LATE-NITE PICKS:
Anna Faris & Jason Segel on Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:34 p.m., NBC
Josh Brolin on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37 a.m., NBC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35 p.m., CBS
Lena Dunham & Sean Hayes on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS



What to watch on Saturday, April 14...

11:30pm, NBC
Saturday Night Live
Tonight's host is Barbra Streisand's step-son, Josh Brolin. How will the often super-serious actor handle the presumably ridiculous things he'll have to do in the name of comedy? Tune in to find out! The music guest is something called Gotye. Just kidding, I know Gotye is an Australian dude. His mp3 is pretty good!

MINISERIES PREMIERE, 8pm, ABC
Titanic
Haha what? Okay, this is not the James Cameron item. It's a 4-hour Canadian-Hungarian-American co-production that takes a serious approach to depicting the events of that fateful night. Portraying both real and fictional characters, the miniseries promises to show a broader spectrum of the events leading to that April 15, 1912 disaster (ugh, on Tax Day!) and it promises to feature much, much less hamfisted romance. And just FYI tonight ABC airs the first three hours and the final hour will air tomorrow night.

9pm, NBC
The Firm
"I'm not dead yet!" - The Firm, spoken feebly from a wheelbarrow. In "Chapter Thirteen" Mitch and Ray meet up with a possible whistleblower who offers to expose the firm to the FBI. Meanwhile Abby attempts to prevent the next murder and most of us will attempt to prevent ourselves from remembering this show ever happened.

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Escape Routes, 8 p.m., NBC
Must Love Cats, 8 p.m., Animal Planet
48 Hours Mystery, 9 p.m., CBS
Being Human (U.K.), 9 p.m., BBC America
Parking Wars, 9 p.m., A&E;
Tanked, SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 9 p.m., Animal Planet
Suze Orman Show, 9 p.m., CNBC
Bizarre E.R., 10 p.m., Discovery Fit & Health
Last Chance Driving School, ORIGINAL SERIES, 10 p.m., A&E;


What to watch on Sunday, April 15...

9pm, HBO
Game of Thrones
"What Is Dead May Never Die" is just a good title. But it is probably ALSO a good episode: Tyrion finds his sexyfriend Shae a job; Jon Snow gets his crew in trouble; Catelyn spends some quality time with Renly Baratheon; Theon tries to get back in good with pops; and Arya deals with some troubles of her own. Add a dash of nudity and a tablespoon of violence and we're all in for a delicious treat!

SEASON 3 FINALE, 10pm, HBO
Eastbound & Down
In what is either the season finale or the SERIES finale (depending on which listings you trust more), Kenny's future in professional baseball takes an interesting turn. It's to this show's credit that it's completely up in the air whether Kenny will get a happy ending or a sad one. Either way, in my opinion, this has been one of the greatest comedy series of all time. Long live Kenny Powers!

SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, CBS
NYC 22
Here's another late-season unveiling, this time a police procedural from CBS. In tonight's pilot episode, meet half a dozen NYPD rookies who attempt to balance their personal lives with their new jobs working the gritty streets of Manhattan. For example, they'll have to tend to their sexy affairs with one another while also trying to prevent a GANG WAR. Take it from me, that is not easy.

SERIES PREMIERE, 10:30pm, HBO
Girls
HBO's newest NY-based dramedy about young people centers around writer/director/star Lena Dunham's Hannah, a twentysomething woman whose parents suddenly cut her off. Joining her is a small group of other twentysomething ladies, and if the writing is anything like Dunham's breakout 2011 film Tiny Furniture, Girls should be pretty well-observed and hilarious. Approved.

9pm, CBS
The Good Wife
Just when she thought she was out of the game, the game sucks her back in! In "Pants on Fire" Alicia finds herself forced back into the public spotlight when Peter's main political rival shines it on her. Tough break, Alicia, but that's what white wine's for.

ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 9pm, Nickelodeon
Nick News with Linda Ellerbee
Under-recognized national hero Linda Ellerbee brings us a new installment of of Nick News tonight, this one focusing on teenagers who are all vying for spots in the 2012 Olympics. Gather your kids for what's sure to be an inspiring half-hour, but try to take it easy on them during next weekend's soccer game. We can't ALL be prodigies!

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
60 Minutes, 7 p.m., CBS
America's Funniest Home Videos, 7 p.m., ABC
Dateline NBC, 7 p.m., NBC
Amazing Race, 8 p.m., CBS
Frozen Planet, 8 p.m., Discovery
Harry's Law, 8 p.m., NBC
Mob Wives, 8 p.m., VH1
The Simpsons, 8 p.m., Fox
Bob's Burgers, 8:30 p.m., Fox
Army Wives, 9 p.m., Lifetime
Celebrity Apprentice, 9 p.m., NBC
Chopped, 9 p.m., Food Network
Long Island Medium, 9 p.m., TLC
Masterpiece Classics: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 9 p.m., PBS
MythBusters, 9 p.m., Discovery
Nightmare Next Door, SEASON FINALE, 9 p.m., Investigation Discovery
Nurse Jackie, 9 p.m., Showtime
Oprah's Next Chapter: Gloria Steinem, 9 p.m., OWN
The Killing, 9 p.m., AMC
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, 9 p.m., Bravo
Titanic, MINISERIES FINALE, 9 p.m., ABC
Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On, 9 p.m., TV Guide Channel
The Big C, 9:30 p.m., Showtime
The Cleveland Show, 9:30 p.m., Fox
Breakout Kings, 10 p.m., A&E;
GCB, 10 p.m., ABC
Khloe & Lamar, 10 p.m., E!
Leave It to Niecy, 10 p.m., TLC
Mad Men, 10 p.m., AMC
River Monsters, 9 p.m., Animal Planet
Shahs of Sunset, SEASON 1 FINALE, 10 p.m., Bravo
The Borgias, 10 p.m., Showtime
The Client List, 10 p.m., Lifetime
Unchained Reaction, 10 p.m., Discovery
Ice Loves Coco, 10:30 p.m., E!
Stevie TV, 11 p.m., VH1
Check it Out! With Dr. Steve Brule, 12:30 p.m., Cartoon Network



What are you watching this weekend?

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