What to Watch This Weekend: Spartacus: War of the Damned, Adam Levine on SNL, and Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited

By Andy Daglas

Jan 25, 2013


What to watch on Friday, January 25...


8pm, The CW
Nikita
A rogue “cleaner” is in Nikita and Owen’s sights, according to the episode summary for “Aftermath.” Even though the summary conspicuously positions “cleaner” in scare quotes, I shall choose to interpret it literally and assume former Darkwing Duck nemesis Ammonia Pine is Nikita’s new Big Bad.


SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 9pm, Starz
Spartacus: War of the Damned
The final season charges out of the gate with “Enemies of Rome,” in which Spartacus finds himself leading not merely a rebel army but an entire community. Desperate to rid the Republic of these scantily clad, limb-severing menaces, Rome enlists the services of Marcus Crassus, who may prove to be the Thracian’s most implacable foe yet.


10pm, Cinemax
Banshee
A mixed-martial-arts champion may prove more trouble than he’s worth after the casino arranges to hold lucrative bouts in “Meet the New Boss.”


10pm, IFC
Portlandia
In “Off The Grid,” an environmental scandal costs the mayor his job, while Peter and Nance’s B&B; is visited by an inspector. Elsewhere, the Gutterpunks are on the lookout for a missing cat, and the town’s music scene hosts a no-holds-barred Battle of the Gentle Bands.


LATE-NITE:
– Robert DeNiro, Sherri Shepherd, and The Grascals on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Josh Bowman and Nicki Minaj on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC



WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING ON FRIDAY?



What to watch on Saturday, January 26...


9:30am, Cartoon Network
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
In “Shades of Reason,” Mandalore and Duchess Satine team up to repel an attack by Maul and Pre Vizsla—but the alliance is an uneasy one.


10:30am, Cartoon Network
Young Justice
The TV Guide description for “Fix” says that Black Manta plots revenge against Miss Martian. As Nolan Ross will tell you, every good revenge plot needs a whale-cam, and if there’s one guy who probably has whale-cams out the blowhole, it’s Black Manta.


9pm, BBC America
Ripper Street
While investigating the brutal murder and robbery of a toymaker in “In My Protection,” Reid is drawn into a shocking world of child gangs and finds himself dealing with a 14-year-old suspect. Meanwhile, Jackson’s vices lead him to suffer a personal loss.


11:30pm, NBC
Saturday Night Live
NBC employee Adam Levine is the host, so feel free to use the comments for your guesses on which cast members will play the goofily lousy musicians he deals with in the inevitable Voice spoof. I’ll take Armisen, Bayer, a Fallon cameo, and in an ironic twist, musical guest Kendrick Lamar.



WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING ON SATURDAY?



What to watch on Sunday, January 27...


8:30pm, Fox
Bob’s Burgers
Tina gets her Nancy Drew on when a wave of pranks plagues the kids’ middle school. The episode is titled “Broadcast Wagstaff School News,” so with any luck we’ll get to hear Gene bellow, “A lot of alliteration from anxious anchors placed in powerful posts!”


9pm, CBS
The Good Wife
Alicia receives a career-changing offer that may carry as much risk as reward, and Will and Diane fend off creditors at the gate in “The Seven Day Rule.” On the campaign trail, Eli and Jordan clash over how aggressively to attack Maddie Hayward. My guess is that Eli favors a series of negative ads targeted at key party demographics, while Jordan prefers setting up a battery of water-balloon slingshots outside the opposing campaign’s offices.


9pm, BBC America
Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited
As the Doctor prepares to celebrate his semicentennial in November, this monthly special—featuring interviews with current showrunner Steven Moffat, executive producer Caroline Skinner, Tenth Doctor David Tennant, and Torchwood star John Barrowman—will chronicle the iconic character’s 11 embodiments to date. This installment travels back to the beginning (I wish there were a fitting metaphor or reference I could make here to communicate the concept... sorry, drawing a blank) to spotlight the man who started it all, William Hartnell. The special will also feature the 1964 episode “The Aztecs.”


9pm, Showtime
Shameless
A cancer foundation is the mark for Frank’s latest lovably amoral scam in “May I Trim Your Hedges?” Meanwhile, Fiona seeks payback when a grocery store job demands more than she bargained for, and Lip is on a mission to track down sex offenders in the neighborhood.


9:30pm, HBO
Enlightened
“Higher Power” checks in with Levi’s rehab sojourn in Hawaii. Unsurprisingly, he seems to be mostly ignoring Open Air’s tranquil philosophy in favor of the island’s ample prospects for self-medication and willing young women.



WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?


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