What to Watch This Weekend: Fringe, SNL, and the Premiere of Hell on Wheels

By Price Peterson

Nov 04, 2011

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...

9pm, Fox
Nina Sharp pays a visit to Walter's lab with presumably awkward results. Plus the translucent shape-shifters return! Aaaaahhh! They are gross.

8pm, NBC
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.

9pm, CW
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.

9pm, NBC
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!

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.

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...

11:30pm, NBC
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.

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).

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.

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...

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!

8pm, ABC
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??

9pm, AMC
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.

9pm, Showtime
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.

10pm, HBO
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.

9pm, Discovery
Boardwalk Empire
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.

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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  • bkyle2429 Nov 07, 2011

    going to give Hell on Wheels a shot, football and nascar is done, time for my Sunday shows, TAR, CSI Miami, Desperate Housewives, Pan AM , IRT Deadilist Roads I have given up on Once Upon a Time

  • telvisnostic Nov 07, 2011

    I was out on Friday so I so missed Grimm, Supernatural and Smackdown.

    Today I will enjoy Once Upon a Time, Dexter, Desperate Housewives, Pan am & Football.

  • KingofIPirates Nov 05, 2011

    Nikita, Fringe, Supernatural, NFL, College Football, Dexter,etc

  • andrego1692 Nov 05, 2011

    Supernatural & Fringe, TGIF!!!!

  • Geek_Queen Nov 05, 2011

    Friday: Chuck, A Gifted Man, CSI: NY, Grimm, Blue Bloods, Sanctuary... Saturday: Harry's Law, other encore airings and reruns... Sunday: Once Upon A Time, Pan Am, maybe Certain Prey, maybe Homeland, maybe Hell On Wheels...

  • spr12cr Nov 05, 2011

    Friday> Supernatural, Fringe, Chuck, Grimm & Sanctuary....Sunday> Family Guy, Walking Dead, Dexter & Homeland :)

  • 5_1Stereo Nov 05, 2011

    9pm, Discovery

    Boardwalk Empire

    HBO, not Discovery

  • Big_Pecks Nov 05, 2011

    Friday: Fringe (feels like it's been months.)

    Saturday: SNL

    Sunday: The Amazing Race, Desperate Housewives, The Walking Dead

  • GeraldC7 Nov 05, 2011

    Nikita, The Walking Dead, Once Upon A Time, Desperate Housewives and I might try Allen gregory again to see if it has improved....but I doubt it

  • ohnobees Nov 05, 2011

    Friday: Fringe, Chuck, Supernatural, Grimm, ThunderCats, & The Soup.

    Saturday: Nothing.

    Sunday: Hell on Wheels, The Walking Dead, Talking Dead, Homeland, The Simpsons, & China, Il

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