What to Watch this Weekend: Bruce Willis on SNL, Tinker Bell's Debut on OUAT, and The Walking Dead's Season 4 Premiere

What to watch on Friday, October 11...

8:30pm, Nickelodeon
The Legend of Korra
“The Sting” sends Mako into the world of the triads, who are jeopardizing the future of Future Industries. What dirty dealings will the dogged detective discover?

8:30pm, ABC
The Neighbors
Debbie joins Jackie at her favorite hair salon and comes away with an uncharacteristic coif in “The One With Interspecies F-R-I-E-N-D-S.” (Oh, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., what chaotic capital-letter-and-punctuation-strewn titling conventions have you wrought at ABC?) Meanwhile, Amber and Reggie compare and contrast human and Zabvronian biology, and Dick’s workout regimen for Marty yields painful results but gives Larry a glimpse of Earth health care in the process.

9pm, CBS
Hawaii Five-0
Jorge Garcia returns to Hawaii in “Ka ‘oia’i’o ma loko” as a conspiracy theorist who aids the team on a double murder case tied to a pilfered artifact. I think we can all agree this episode won’t be complete unless he and Daniel Dae Kim spend a few minutes tooling around in a hastily refurbished VW van.

9pm, PBS
Great Performances: The Hollow Crown
Henry V rounds out “The Hollow Crown” as the ambitious king (Tom Hiddleston) saddles up his band of brothers for the pivotal Battle of Agincourt.

9pm, Disney
Wander Over Yonder
After slipping loose aboard Hater’s ship in “The Prisoner,” Wander runs amok and bollixes up everything he can find. It’s up to Commander Peepers to halt the rascal’s reign of zany terror before Lord Hater catches wind of it.

9:15pm, Disney
Phineas and Ferb
Doofenshmirtz’s latest plot for Danville domination in “Face Your Fear” is to transmogrify adorable animals into humongous beasts. In the backyard, the boys construct a giant, revolving city of foam in which to hone their skateboarding skills.

10pm, Syfy
“The New Girl” on the squad is Lexie, who’s as temperamentally different from Audrey as she is physically similar. She and Nathan are on the trail of a Trouble with personality-warping powers.

10pm, Cinemax
Strike Back
Stonebridge and Scott safeguard Ester, and since the best defense is a good offense, it will probably involve blowing up a great many things. Elsewhere, Martinez and Richmond’s interrogation of a suspect yields info about an Al-Zuhari associate.

– Cedric the Entertainer, Nikki and Sara, and Kat Graham on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Tenacious D and Rosie Perez on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Michael Strahan, Simon Amstell, and Cage the Elephant on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Keanu Reeves, Benedict Cumberbatch, and My Morning Jacket featuring Brittany Howard and Merrill Garbus on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Rashida Jones and Brian McKim on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS


What to watch on Saturday, October 12...

SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 11am, Nickelodeon
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Kraang are still alive and kicking, and in “The Mutation Situation,” the Turtles find that their alien nemeses have scattered mutagen canisters throughout New York. Weirdly, the canisters have become hugely popular in Park Slope since the Kraang were savvy enough to slap “artisanal” labels all over them.

9pm, Starz
The White Queen
Queen Elizabeth and Margaret maneuver against one another in “The Princes in the Tower,” with the fates of the hapless Edward and Richard in the balance. Y’know, along with the throne of England and potentially decades of generational wealth and power.

11:30pm, NBC
Saturday Night Live
Host Bruce Willis portrayed a boxer in Pulp Fiction. Musical guest Katy Perry portrayed a boxer, sort of, during her performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Clearly, these two will have a lot to discuss in the green room of ol’ Studio 8H.


What to watch on Sunday, October 13...

Last Tango in Halifax
Caroline and Kate’s relationship doesn’t sit well with Celia, whose hostility at a dinner party staggers Alan and sparks painful consequences for both couples.

8pm, ABC
Once Upon a Time
Hook suggests that Tinker Bell may hold the key to the search party locating Peter Pan’s hideout in “Quite a Common Fairy.” Speaking of Pete, he’s queuing up a proper motive-spilling monologue for Henry, while in the Fairy-Tale Land that was, Tink plays life-coach for Regina. And in the Enchanted Forest, Neal cooks up a plan that requires getting his hands on one of Robin Hood’s most prized possessions.

The Walking Dead
“30 Days Without an Accident” checks in on Rick and company at the prison, where life has grown downright idyllic, other than the part where they’re living in an abandoned prison and surrounded by insatiable killing machines and their leader might still be a legitimate crazy person. What new threat will saunter along and rip their post-apocalyptic bliss asunder? And how intensely will it then be discussed on the return of Talking Dead at 10pm?

9pm, Showtime
A wayward Brody relies on his faith in “Tower of David,” while Carrie feels her breach with Saul more deeply after she receives a questionable offer of help from a mysterious source.

9pm, HBO
Boardwalk Empire
After warily reconnecting with Margaret in New York, Nucky returns to Tampa to hammer out his land deal in “The North Star”—a deal that Lansky cuts Luciano out of due to his unsavory connections. Back in Atlantic City, Knox cozies up to Eli, Chalky’s frustrations get the better of him, and Richard returns from the Midwest.

9pm, CBS
The Good Wife
Will floors Alicia with an offer that has her thinking twice about exiting Lockhart Gardner. Elsewhere in “A Precious Commodity,” Diane’s pursuit of the Supreme Court seat causes ripples throughout the firm.

10pm, Showtime
Masters of Sex
As it turns out, a brothel is a less than ideal environment for conducting a rigorous scientific study. So in “Standard Deviation,” Bill brainstorms ways to return it to the hospital, possibly smuggling in all the equipment and copulating couples by disguising them as potted plants and then tip-toeing towards the lab whenever nobody’s looking. Meanwhile, Virginia meets a new female doctor, and Ethan hits the obstetrics jackpot: a patient carrying quadruplets.

10pm, Lifetime
Witches of East End
In “Marilyn Fenwick, R.I.P.,” a trove of family heirlooms allows Ingrid to bring her Aunt Wendy back from the great beyond, and just in time to help Freya escape an aggrieved ex from a different lifetime. In less supernatural goings-on, the cops haul in Joanna and question her on a murder charge, while Dash and Killian reunite awkwardly.

11:30pm, Cartoon Network
China, IL
In search of Thomas Jefferson’s fabled jeweled citadel in “The Diamond Castle,” Frank enlists the help of noted castle-hunter Ronald Reagan. At least, that’s what I can piece together from a month-old interview with the show’s creators, in lieu of any episode description from the good people at Adult Swim. Maybe something else entirely will happen. Enjoy the mystery!

Comic Book Men
In “The Incredible Bulk,” Lou Ferrigno stops by The Stash to drop some fitness wisdom on Bryan. Once they’re appropriately swole, they plan to have a little chat with AMC executives about getting buried in this midnight-Sunday time slot.


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

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+ Comic Book Men
plus...The White Queen
There should be a way to combine the entire weekend's worth of shows. So there aren't two posts needed.

No Simpsons or Family Guy?
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