What to Watch on Friday/Saturday: Alpha House Debuts on Amazon, Bones Makes the Move to Fridays, and Raising Hope Returns for Season 4

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SERIES PREMIERE, 12am, Amazon
Alpha House
John Goodman headlines Amazon’s first original series, created by Doonesbury scribe Garry Trudeau and centering on four senators sharing digs in the Beltway. The series will stream through Amazon Instant Video, with the first three episodes free for all and subsequent weekly episodes available exclusively to Prime subscribers.


8pm, The CW
The Carrie Diaries
An interview with a prickly playwright could make or break Carrie’s magazine career in “Borderline,” while Walt’s true feelings about Bennet could make or break their relationship. Back in Connecticut, Deb’s son rubs both Carrie and Dorrit the wrong way, and Sebastian finds a new companion.


8pm, Nickelodeon
The Legend of Korra
Republic City returns to the forefront in “Night of a Thousand Stars,” where Bolin rescues President Raiko from a suspicious attack and Asami works to get the phony charges against Mako dropped. Then in “Harmonic Convergence,” Korra gets the gang back together to shut down the spirit portals before it’s too late.


TIME SLOT PREMIERE, 8pm, Fox
Bones
A soccer pro is on trial for murdering his wife in “The Fury in the Jury,” and dedicated juror Brennan is certain he’s not guilty. Until a witness in the case also kicks the bucket, and then maybe she has some second thoughts. Oops?


SEASON 4 PREMIERE, 9pm, Fox
Raising Hope
Why does an enigmatic townsperson (Jeffrey Tambor) keep turning up in the Chances’ affairs in “Déjà Vu Man”? And are “Burt Bucks” the next bitcoin, or has Burt inadvertently roped Natesville into a town-wide pyramid scheme? All these questions and more will be answered in tonight’s two-episode return.


9pm, NBC
Grimm
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, mer-Wesen strike in “One Night Stand.” As Nick and Hank address their aquatic adversaries, Renard learns the shocking truth about the Royal Baby’s ‘rents, and Rosalee makes herself at home at Monroe’s place.


9pm, CBS
Hawaii Five-0
Mischievous hacker Nick Jonas poses a threat to national security in “Akanahe.” McGarrett and Grover must join forces to bring him down with the strongest tool at their disposal: a warrant from the governor.


SEASON 20 FINALE, 9pm, The CW
America’s Next Top Model
The final two hopefuls strut their stuff one last time, with one trip down the runway and one photo shoot determining the champ.


9pm, Disney
Wander Over Yonder
When Wander and Sylvia are tasked with delivering a sealed package, Wander can’t stop wondering: What’s in “The Box”? Even more frustrating, all of Sylvia’s Se7en jokes are totally lost on him.


9:15pm, Disney
Phineas and Ferb
“Steampunx” sends the boys way way back to the 1903 Danville World’s Fair, where they meet their turn-of-the-century counterparts. Sadly for Candace, any hijinks they get up to will have long passed the statute of limitations for bustability by the time she finds out.


10pm, Syfy
Haven
In “The Trouble With Troubles,” Audrey lands in an alternate-universe Haven free of any paranormal pests. Will she revert the town back to its natural state, or let it remain completely ordinary and risk an immediate cancellation order from Syfy?


10pm, Cinemax
Strike Back: Origins
Porter and Masuku are on the run from Col. Tshuma, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have time for some good old-fashioned orphan-saving heroics. Meanwhile, Section 20 discovers the traitor’s identity and dispatches Collinson to take care of him.


LATE-NITE:
– Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall, and Melissa De Sousa on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Bill O’Reilly, Guy Fieri, and Lee Brice on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Connie Britton and Lady Antebellum on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Tom Selleck, Jena Malone, and Johnny Marr on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Steven Yeun and Summer Glau on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


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DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE, 8pm, HBO
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth
Directed by Spike Lee, the turbulent former boxer performs a one-man stage show in New York City taped in July 2013. Rumor has it this inspired a similar project from Tyson’s old Punch-Out colleague, so look for King Hippo: Heavy Is the Head in summer 2014.


MOVIE PREMIERE, 8pm, Lifetime
The Twelve Trees of Christmas
To defend her treasured local library against the designs of a ruthless developer, a Manhattan librarian raises awareness with a Christmas tree decorating contest. Although her adversary counters by hiring a tree-trimming ringer, might she discover there’s more to the stock capitalist scoundrel than meets the eye?


MOVIE PREMIERE, 9pm, Science Channel / Discovery
The Challenger Disaster
Science Channel’s first original movie (which will be simulcast on Discovery) adapts Dr. Richard Feynman’s book about his efforts to discover the cause of the 1986 space shuttle tragedy. William Hurt stars as the Nobel Prize-winning scientist.


9pm, CBS
As it Happened: John F. Kennedy 50 Years Later
Bob Schieffer hosts this chronicle of the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy, the circumstances surrounding the event, and the conspiracy theories that've emerged in the half-century since. Also included is Schieffer’s interview with Lee Harvey Oswald's mother, filmed while they traveled to visit the gunman in custody.


9pm, Starz
Dancing on the Edge
The miniseries story winds up with a 100-minute installment that finds Louis on the lam and a sizable bounty on his head. Meanwhile, Masterson assumes control of the new Music Express magazine. (Note: Next week wraps the show’s full run with a special episode structured as a series of interviews with the characters.)


10pm, Showtime
F#ck Nick Cannon
The comedian riffs on aging, parenthood, and celebrity coupledom in a set at Vancouver’s River Rock Casino, which is probably pretending to be a casino in New York.


11pm & 11:15pm Fox
Axe Cop / High School USA!
Axe Cop and Flute Cop are hot on the trail of the Sun Thieves in “When Night Creatures Attack.” Then in “The Early ‘90s,” the High School USA gang is challenged to recreate the grunge era and spend a weekend sans 21st century technology, either as a class assignment or an article pitch for BuzzFeed, I’m not sure.


11:30pm, NBC
Saturday Night Live
Lady Gaga serves as host, musical guest, and, after one particularly elaborate costume change, as Seth Meyers.


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