What to Watch This Weekend: Fringe, SNL, and the Premiere of Hell on Wheels
Oh glorious weekend, you've come at last! And this one's a 49-hour deal! That's right, USA residents, remember to set your clocks back an hour on Saturday night. Don't worry about your DVR though, it's probably got that handled.
What to watch on Friday, November 4...
Nina Sharp pays a visit to Walter's lab with presumably awkward results. Plus the translucent shape-shifters return! Aaaaahhh! They are gross.
Chuck's guest-star roster continues its awesome streak when THREE nerd favorites—Carrie-Anne Moss, Jeff Fahey, and Justin Hartley—drop by tonight. The plot concerns Chuck trying to get his freelance spy biz off the ground while Morgan adjusts to having Chuck as his new handler.
Oh Supernatural, you and your episode titles. In "The Mentalists," the Bros Winchester visit the "most psychic town in America" to investigate a series of murders involving spirit mediums. They'll all see you coming, boys.
Tonight Nick and Hank investigate a robbery involving a "bearly" suspicious family, plus Nick sets out to protect his ailing Aunt Marie. And hopefully no more surprise demon faces because WHOA!
ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 9pm, PBS
Give Me the Banjo
History and comedy nerds unite! Steve Martin narrates this pictorial history of the banjo, with commentary and performances by Bela Fleck, Earl Scruggs, Mike Seeger, and host Rosanne Cash.
PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
A Gifted Man, 8 p.m., CBS
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8 p.m., ABC
Kitchen Nightmares, 8 p.m., FOX
Nikita, 8 p.m., CW
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, 8 p.m., Cartoon Network
Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, SEASON 5 PREMIERE, 8 p.m., TBS
Wizards of Waverly Place, 8 p.m., Disney Channel
ThunderCats, 8:30 p.m., Cartoon Network
CSI: NY, 9 p.m., CBS
Gold Rush: Alaska, 9 p.m., Discovery
My Extreme Animal Phobia, 9 p.m., Animal Planet
Tyler Perry's House of Payne, 9 p.m., TBS
20/20, 10 p.m., ABC
Blue Bloods, 10 p.m., CBS
Boss, 10 p.m., Starz
Dateline NBC, 10 p.m., NBC
Real Time with Bill Maher, 10 p.m., HBO
Sanctuary, 10 p.m., Syfy
The Soup, 10 p.m., E!
Marvel Anime: X-Men, 11 p.m., G4
Viper's Creed, 11:30 p.m., G4
Bill Cosby on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35 p.m., CBS
Eddie Murphy & Drew Carey on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:35 a.m., NBC
Florence Henderson on Tavis Smiley, 12 a.m., PBS
Gabourey Sidibe on The Wendy Williams Show, 12 a.m., BET
Lupe Fiasco & Weezer on Last Call with Carson Daly, 1:35 a.m., NBC
Miss Piggy & Mickey Rourke on Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35 p.m., NBC
Neil Patrick Harris on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS
What to watch on Saturday, November 5...
Saturday Night Live
Two of your favorite comedy enterprises cross over tonight when It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Charlie Day hosts SNL. Also, some up-and-coming band named Maroon 5 will play music a couple times.
ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 6pm, MTV
True Life: I'm Occupying Wall Street
True Life has long been one of MTV's greatest shows, matching thoughtful documentary storytelling with risky topics and thoroughly addictive presentation. And check out its turnaround speed! Tonight MTV airs the much-discussed "Occupy Wall Street" episode, filmed and edited together in a matter of days. Still waiting for the episode "True Life: I Watch Too Much True Life."
ORIGINAL MOVIE, 8pm, Lifetime
The Pastor's Wife
In tonight's VERY serious Lifetime Original, a much-loved Tennessee pastor is murdered and all fingers point to his upstanding, bizarrely ageless wife (Rose McGowan).
ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 8pm, Showtime
Wendy Lieberman: Taller on TV
The queen of the delayed punchline brings an an all-new hour of comedy to Showtime tonight, where she'll discuss men, romance and flying... pigs.
PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Big Time Rush, 8 p.m., Nickelodeon
Cops, 8 p.m., Fox
Dogs 101, 8 p.m., Animal Planet
Love's Christmas Journey, ORIGINAL MOVIE, 8 p.m., Hallmark Channel
Bedlam, SERIES 1 FINALE, 9 p.m., BBC America
Celebrity Ghost Stories, 9 p.m., Biography
Suze Orman Show, 9 p.m., CNBC
Bizarre E.R., 10 p.m., Discovery Fit & Health
Graham Norton Show, 10 p.m., BBC America
Blue Mountain State, 11 p.m., Spike
Would You Rather? with Graham Norton, SERIES PREMIERE, 11 p.m., BBC America
Pablo Francisco: They Put It Out There, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 11 p.m., Comedy Central
What to watch on Sunday, November 6...
SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, AMC
Hell on Wheels
This is a new AMC show, so legally we are obligated to watch it. Tune in for this modern Western about a former Confederate soldier (Crossroads' Anson Mount) who seeks revenge on the Union troops who murdered his wife. In other words, prepare to laugh and smile a lot!
Once Upon a Time
In the real world, Mary Margaret pays a visit to John Doe at Emma's request, and in the fairytale world, Snow White meets up with Prince Charming. But will they live happily ever after, or sensually ever after??
The Walking Dead
Tonight Shane starts mentally falling apart after his shocking actions at the high school. (Plus he'll do tons of workouts off-camera, because whoa!) Meanwhile the rest of the gang must decide whether to move on, despite some obvious life-or-death issues that are still happening with their various children.
Tonight we'll find out what happens in the aftermath of Sam's shooting, but either way Dexter's Dark Passenger will be seeking revenge. Meanwhile in non-interesting storylines, Deb will find out about Quinn's indiscretions with Clarissa.
Tonight Ray discovers a chunk of his money is missing and all eyes point to Lenore. Plus a new client gets added to the roster. Plus awkwardly sexy shenanigans like always.
The plotlines continue to swirl when Margaret has an uncomfortable family reunion, Owen seeks vengeance against a rival, and Jimmy frets about a big decision and its effect on his future. Plus awkwardly expensive-looking shenanigans like always.
SERIES PREMIERE, 12:30am, Cartoon Network
The Heart, She Holler
From the questionably sane minds of the creators of Wonder Showzen and Patton Oswalt comes this live-action soap set in the deep South. In tonight's premiere, when an old man dies, his three hateful children (Oswalt, Kristen Schaal, and Heather Lawless) battle over the inheritance. "MUST WATCH." —Price Peterson, TV.com, internet.
PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
60 Minutes, 7 p.m., CBS
America's Funniest Home Videos, 7 p.m., ABC
Amazing Race, 8 p.m., CBS
The Simpsons, 8 p.m., Fox
Allen Gregory, 8:30 p.m., Fox
Bridezillas, 9 p.m., WE
Desperate Housewives, 9 p.m., ABC
Family Guy, 9 p.m., Fox
Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs, 9 p.m., Food Network
Sister Wives, 9 p.m., TLC
The Good Wife, 9 p.m., CBS
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, SEASON 4 PREMIERE, 9 p.m., Bravo
John Sandford's Certain Prey, ORIGINAL MOVIE, 9 p.m., USA
American Dad!, 9:30 p.m., Fox
CSI: Miami, 10 p.m., CBS
Homeland, 10 p.m., Showtime
Kendra, 10 p.m., E!
Long Island Medium, SEASON 1 FINALE, 10 p.m., TLC
Pan Am, 10 p.m., ABC
Dirty Soap, 10:30 p.m., E!
How to Make It in America, 10:30 p.m., HBO
Robot Chicken, 11:30 p.m., Cartoon Network
Squidbillies, 11:45 p.m., Cartoon Network
China, IL, 12:00 a.m., Cartoon Network
Talking Dead, 12 a.m., AMC
What are you watching this weekend?
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