What to Watch This Weekend: Fringe, The Ricky Gervais Show, and Veep

By Price Peterson

Apr 20, 2012

The weekend has donned its best hat and is standing on its front porch with open arms. Come home, child, come nestle in the weekend's bosom!

What to watch on Friday, April 20...

9pm, CW
Supernatural
At this point would Sam and Dean be more stressed out if they didn't experience a waking nightmare at all times? Like would normalcy be a disturbing experience for them? Anyway, in "Of Grave Importance," the bros hook up with an old hunter buddy who promptly disappears while they're exploring an old haunted house.

SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 9pm, HBO
The Ricky Gervais Show
Regardless of the endless cycle of buzz-and-backlash Ricky Gervais has experienced these past few years, the shows he creates are still pretty much top-notch. For instance, this animated series remains one of the more consistently hilarious things on the air. In "Bryan's Brain," Karl will discuss his opinion of museums and his movie idea about a man whose brain is transplanted into Tom Cruise's body.

9pm, Fox
Fringe
Hope you like old-age makeup! Tonight's episode of Fringe entails an episode-length flash-forward to 2036 when the Fringe team and the Observers are all participants in an "EPIC BATTLE." (Emphasis mine.)

9pm, NBC
Grimm
In "Cat and Mouse," Monroe and Rosalee must help protect the supernatural suspect in a string of murders from a bounty hunter who tracks down supernatural creatures! It's a living.

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Nikita, 8 p.m., CW
The Finder, 8 p.m., Fox
America's Most Wanted, 9 p.m., Lifetime
Art21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, 9 p.m., PBS
Fairly Legal, 9 p.m., USA
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
Magic City, 10 p.m., Starz
Motives & Murders, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery
Real Time with Bill Maher, 10 p.m., HBO
The Ultimate Fighter Live, 10 p.m., FX

LATE-NITE PICKS:
Emily Deschanel on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS



What to watch on Saturday, April 21...

8pm, Animal Planet
Cats 101
Would you like to learn more about the Kurilian Bobtail, the Chausie, the Dwelf, the Burmilla, the Lambkin, or the Klepto Cat (a cat who robs people)? It just so happens this episode will be about all of those of things!

9pm, ABC
A Special Edition of 20/20: Sunset Boulevard
No, not the classic film about the crazy lady. This special follows a number of citizens who experience the highs and lows of L.A.'s most famous street. Subjects include: A farm kid turned gossip columnist; a band on the rise; a former soldier who dreams of becoming an actor; a handful of students from Hollywood High; and the murder of teenage runaway. Good thing this special definitely won't be depressing!

ORIGINAL MOVIE, 9pm, Syfy
Alien Tornado
As you may have guessed, this movie is about alien tornadoes, tornadoes caused by aliens. Stars Jeff Fahey and Kari Wuhrer play a farmer and a blogger, respectively, who team up to stop this inexpensive-looking invasion.

ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 11pm, Comedy Central
Paul F. Tompkins: Laboring Under Delusions
Paul F. Tompkins is extremely funny and there is no reason to suspect that this new special won't also be extremely funny.

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
America's Most Wanted, 8 p.m., Fox
Escape Routes, 8 p.m., NBC
iCarly, 8 p.m., Nickelodeon
Deadly Sins, SEASON 1 FINALE, 9 p.m., Investigation Discovery
My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera, SEASON 4 PREMIERE, 9 p.m., Biography
Parking Wars, 9 p.m., A&E;
Tanked, 9 p.m., Animal Planet
The Firm, 9 p.m., NBC
48 Hours Mystery, 10 p.m., CBS
Bizarre E.R., 10 p.m., Discovery Fit & Health
Last Chance Driving School, 10 p.m., A&E;
Suze Orman Show, 9 p.m., CNBC


What to watch on Sunday, April 22...

SPECIAL PRESENTATION, 7pm, Fox
Married... With Children
As part of its 25th Anniversary celebration, Fox is doing something genuinely cool: Re-airing the first episode of its first-ever show, Married... With Children. Tune in, be amazed at how dated everything looks, then be sad that so much time has passed and we're all so much older now and we're all basically barreling toward the grave. Also, look how young Christina Applegate was!

ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 8pm, Fox
Fox 25th Anniversary Special
That's right, Fox is a whopping 25 years old! Where does the time go? It's been a major part of the TV landscape for a while now, so a self-congratulatory birthday party is more than deserved. Tune in for this retrospective-slash-reunion of many of its greatest shows and achievements. Stars from Ally McBeal, Beverly Hills 90210, Married... With Children, American Idol, 24, That '70s Show, The Family Guy, and In Living Color will all be swinging by for some fond memories and a piece of Safeway sheet cake. Happy birthday, Fox!

SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, HBO
Veep
I've yet to see one promo for this show that isn't hilarious. This show looks hilarious, is what I'm saying! From the genius British filmmakers behind In the Loop comes this series about a possibly in-over-her-head lady Vice President (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Parallels to real life are totally coincidental, don't worry.

9pm, HBO
Game of Thrones
Do they give Emmys for episode titles? This week's installment is called "Garden of Bones," and these things happen: Joffrey treats Sansa badly and Tyrion must step in; Arya and Gendry are imprisoned in a terrible place; Daenerys and her crew seek salvation in a prosperous city; and Stannis gets Davos to run an errand for him.

8pm, ABC
Once Upon a Time
In the real-life world, Mr. Gold attempts to figure out what August's deal is, plus Emma continues looking into Kathryn's disappearance. In fake-town, Rumplestiltskin tries to give up his powers in order to return to his old self. (Can somebody give him a moist towelette while he's at it?)

ORIGINAL MOVIE, 9pm, ABC
Firelight
In this touching telefilm, a counselor at a Georgia correctional facility for ladies tries to make a difference in everyone's lives by recruiting them to help fight forest fires. I'm tearing up already! Don't look at me!

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
60 Minutes, 7 p.m., CBS
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
Celebrity Apprentice, 9 p.m., NBC
Chopped All-Stars, 9 p.m., Food Network
Long Island Medium, 9 p.m., TLC
Masterpiece Classics: Birdsong, 9 p.m., PBS
MythBusters, 9 p.m., Discovery
Nurse Jackie, 9 p.m., Showtime
Oprah's Next Chapter: Aishwarya Rai, 9 p.m., OWN
The Good Wife, 9 p.m., CBS
The Killing, 9 p.m., AMC
The Making of Planet Earth, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 9 p.m., BBC America
Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On, 9 p.m., TV Guide Channel
The Big C, 9:30 p.m., Showtime
Breakout Kings, 10 p.m., A&E;
Khloe & Lamar, 10 p.m., E!
NYC 22, 10 p.m., CBS
Mad Men, 10 p.m., AMC
River Monsters, 9 p.m., Animal Planet
The Borgias, 10 p.m., Showtime
The Client List, 10 p.m., Lifetime
Unchained Reaction, 10 p.m., Discovery
William & Kate: One Year Later, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 10 p.m., TLC
Girls, 10:30 p.m., HBO
Ice Loves Coco, 10:30 p.m., E!
Stevie TV, 11 p.m., VH1
Loiter Squad, 11:30 p.m., Cartoon Network
Check it Out! With Dr. Steve Brule, 12:30 p.m., Cartoon Network



What are you watching this weekend?

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  • AlexMilak Apr 23, 2012

    I hate how I am watching a segment about 'Animation Domination' instead of actually watching it.

  • TrevPlatt Apr 21, 2012

    FRINGE! Supernatural, The Finder, In Plain Sight, Magic City, Fairly Legal (I love Sarah Shahi).



    Veep, Game of Thrones, Once Upon A Time, The Good Wife, Breakout Kings, Girls.

  • SaraLarsson1 Apr 21, 2012

    I'll be watching Game of Thrones and The Borgias (two of the best shows on TV right now).

  • bkyle2429 Apr 21, 2012

    Nikita, Supernatural, Fairly Legal, In Plain Sight, I Carly, The Firm, Nascar (sprint and nationwide) The Amazing race, Game of Thrones, The Borgias, The Big C, Army Wives, the Client List , Once Upon a Time a big hell no to FOX"S 25th

  • ToddTorravill Apr 21, 2012

    you need to start adding a caption under the pics. way to often can you not tell what show they'll be for.

  • CharmedOneP391 Apr 21, 2012

    Fringe!!!!!!!! Supernatural. Legend of Korra

  • spr12cr Apr 21, 2012

    FRIDAY: The Finder, Supernatural, Grimm, Fringe, The Ultimate Fighter, In Plain Sight and Fairly Legal...

    SATURDAY: The Legend of Korra...

    SUNDAY: Game of Thrones, MythBusters and The Killing...

  • shootingstar609 Apr 21, 2012

    Friday: FRINGE!!!

    Saturday: don't know, probably will be taped shows catch up day

    Sunday: 60 Minutes, Once Upon a Time, and Family Guy.

  • RKron Apr 21, 2012

    FRINGE! #FightTheFuture



    And The Legend of Korra!

  • JT_Kirk Apr 21, 2012

    Fri: Fairly Legal, Late Late Show.



    Sat: Thundercats, Young Justice, Transfomers Prime. Saturday is for cartoons!



    Sun: Married with Children's pilot (I've seen it a dozen times as it plays in syndication, but what the hell, I already have the MWC cookbook), Fox 25th Anniversary Special, Mythbusters, and The Good Wife.

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