What to Watch This Weekend: Boardwalk Empire Does the Time Jump, The Chair and Utopia Debut, and The Leftovers Goes Poof


What to watch on Friday, September 5...


8pm, Multiple channels including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC
Stand Up to Cancer
Katie Couric hosts this fundraiser benefiting cancer research, featuring the song stylings of The Who, Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Ariana Grande, and Dave Matthews. The cavalcade of other stars scheduled to appear includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Hamm, Halle Berry, and Will Ferrell.


10pm, Cinemax
The Knick
“Where’s the Dignity?” finds Algernon forcing Thackery’s hand mid-surgery, though it seems wildly unsafe to do pretty much anything to a doctor’s hand mid-surgery. Elsewhere, Sister Harriet and Cleary strike a deal, Bertie absorbs a blow from his discontent father, and Lucy discovers some of the skeletons in Thackery’s closet.


SERIES FINALE, 10pm, HBO
Jonah From Tonga
Jonah is released from juvie and returns to Holy Cross in the finale, which may also feature an HBO programming executive using one of those Men in Black memory zappers to make everyone forget the network aired this series in the first place.


LATE-NITE:
– Claire Danes, Little League pitcher Mo'Ne Davis, and Fences with Macklemore on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, 11:35pm, NBC
– Tina Fey, Moody McCarthy, and Kevin Drew on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Terry Bradshaw, the Trailer Park Boys, and The Kooks on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Seth Green and writer Lynette Rice on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?


What to watch on Saturday, September 6...


MOVIE PREMIERE, 8pm, Lifetime
The Brittany Murphy Story
Amanda Fuller portrays the young Hollywood star, who passed away at the age of 32, in this biopic also starring Sherilyn Fenn. Following the movie, Murphy’s story is examined in Beyond the Headlines at 10pm.


9pm, Starz
Outlander
“Rent” finds Claire suddenly transported to New York’s bohemian East Village in the early ‘90s, where she… wait, what? Oh, never mind, my mistake. Actually, she tags along as the MacKenzies head out to collect rent, while Dougal turns Jamie’s scars into a sympathy play for the Jacobites.


9pm, AMC
Hell on Wheels
In “Bear Man,” an ursine attack leaves Elam hanging on by a thread, stranded in a Comanche village and hoping to make his way back to Cheyenne. Honestly, what was he thinking? Everyone knows you’re supposed to finish the Bubble Man stage first because Bear Man is weak against the Bubble Lead.


9pm, BBC America
Doctor Who
The Doctor teams up with Robin Hood to fight evil automatons and the Sheriff of Nottingham alike in “Robot of Sherwood.” Inspired by actual events that occurred one day when Moffat mixed up two LEGO playsets.


10pm, BBC America
Intruders
Amy is there waiting when Jack returns home in “Time Has Come Today,” but her disoriented behavior gives him pause. Elsewhere, Madison continues to elude her pursuers en route to Seattle, Richard is menaced by a deal from his past, and Gary drops a bombshell.


SERIES FINALE, 10pm, Logo
Don’t Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
Logo’s run of previously unaired episodes ends with “Original Bitch,” which finds a vengeance-fueled Chloe hunting for the woman who preceded her as Apt. 23’s queen havoc-wreaker. Meanwhile, James gets shocking news about his father.


SERIES PREMIERE, 11pm, Starz
The Chair
In this unscripted series from Project Greenlight executive producer Chris Moore, two novice film directors will each try to make a movie using the same script, budget, and shooting locale of Pittsburgh. “The Experiment” kicks things off with the filmmakers tailoring the screenplay to their own cinematic visions.


WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?


What to watch on Sunday, September 7...


7pm, ABC
The ABC’s of Schoolhouse Rock
Chandra Wilson hosts a retrospective of the cartoon shorts that set elementary education to a beat, featuring interviews with the creators and writers and a countdown of the series’ top five installments.


SERIES PREMIERE, 8pm, Fox
Utopia
The two-hour premiere of this unscripted series welcomes 15 people to an isolated location, where they will spend the next year forging a shiny new civilization from the ground up. The show will air in its normal twice-weekly timeslots, Tuesdays and Fridays at 8pm, starting September 9 and September 12.


SEASON 5 PREMIERE, 9pm, HBO
Boardwalk Empire
“Golden Days for Boys and Girls” leaps the series ahead to 1931 as Nucky lays the groundwork for post-Prohibition life. Elsewhere, Margaret observes the Great Depression’s toll on her Wall Street boss, Chalky extricates himself from a bind, Luciano makes a game-changing play, and Nucky flashes back to his earliest meetings with the Commodore.


9pm, Lifetime
Witches of East End
“Sex, Lies, and Birthday Cake” finds Freya and Frederick commemorating a significant birthday, while the bond between Ingrid and Dash deepens. In less festive affairs, Joanna confronts one of her gravest fears, and Tarkoff pressures Frederick to get his job done.


9pm, CBS
Unforgettable
Carrie and Al must sift through the dirty laundry of a murdered matchmaking service employee in “True Identity.” Heading up their suspect list: Anyone the would-be Cupid had set up on a date with late-season Ted Mosby.


10pm, Showtime
Masters of Sex
Frank’s insinuations get under Masters’ skin, Virginia seeks psychiatric advice based on a patient’s case history, and Barbara receives a worrisome diagnosis that could create aftershocks. Meanwhile in “Story of My Life,” Betty and Masters enlist professional help to alleviate Lester’s performance issues.


10pm, WGN America
Manhattan
Abby sets out on a journey of self-discovery in “The New World,” and as a wise traveler has taught us all several times, she’s gonna want to zig rather than zag at Albuquerque. In less reflective affairs, Helen and Charlie manage a crisis.


10pm, FX
The Strain
Eph learns that Kelly has vanished, while Dutch divulges her part in Palmer’s cunning plan. Elsewhere in “The Disappeared,” Gus must make a tough choice about Felix.


SEASON 1 FINALE, 10pm, HBO
The Leftovers
In “The Prodigal Son Returns,” the Guilty Remnant sends shockwaves through the town on Memorial Day, and I’m guessing it’s not because of their killer method for grilling corn on the cob. Meanwhile, Kevin is helped out of a tough spot, Tom adapts to his new life, Nora contemplates a change, and Holy Wayne grants one last wish.


WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?

And now, let’s all vote to crown the What to Watch Tonight Episode Title of the Week!

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Manhattan is a great show people! Watch it!
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Sunday night:


Daytime: Are you ready for some FOOTBALL!

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Also, Black Lagoon season 2 finale and more catching up with You're the Worst.
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"Honestly, what was he thinking? Everyone knows you’re supposed to finish the Bubble Man stage first because Bear Man is weak against the Bubble Lead." -- Oh how I love these semi-obscure references. Well played, Andy. Well played!
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Saturday night:


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Maybe Doctor Who on Saturday... and maybe the Schoolhouse Rock special on Sunday
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Am very confused about the "title of the week" poll. I had always thought that it was just to see which episode title was most cute and clever. But I see from this week and a few previous that it is just a popularity contest for the show and being dominated by the fans.
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"Robot of Sherwood" isn't not cute and clever, but I had to go with the 1980’s movie reference.
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