What to Watch This Weekend: Doctor Who, a Neil Armstrong Tribute, and Breaking Bad's Mid-Season Finale

Labor Day Weekend, in the hizzy (for all of you American folks, anyway)! What are your end-of-summer plans shaping up to be, eh? As your TV spokesman, I'm obligated to encourage you to shut yourself in with the blinds drawn so that your television is the only source of light you'll experience for days, but secretly I hope you take advantage of whatever sunshine your neighborhood has to offer. You know, vitamin D and all. And now for this weekend's TV line-up:

What to watch on Friday, August 31...

9pm, Starz
In tonight's "Ablution" Kane becomes increasingly infatuated with his new aide, Mona—which she uses to her full advantage by encouraging him to get really excited about a housing redevelopment project that she's been enthusiastic about for some time. Manipulation is key!

SPECIAL, 9pm, NatGeo
Dark Secrets of the Lusitania
We've all been harboring questions about the wreck of the Lusitania for quite some time now, haven't we? No? You don't even know what the Lusitania is? Go back to school! Victim of a century-old war crime, the Lusitania sits silently at the bottom of the deep, deep blue. Until now! Well, technically it's still sitting there but at least it has the National Geographic camera crew to keep it company for a little while. Join NatGeo as it takes an expedition to solve remaining mysteries involving the shipwreck.

10pm, Syfy
Lost Girl
In "Lachlan's Gambit" Bo will have to make a very important, very personal life-threatening choice after The Ash takes action against a serious threat. With her closest friends suffering terribly, Bo realizes that she can no longer ride out her destiny as an indecisive participant. She must move forward carefully, and with conviction.

America's Next Top Model, 8 p.m., The CW
North Woods Law: On the Hunt, 8 p.m., Animal Planet
WWE Friday Night Smackdown!, 8pm, Syfy
America's Most Wanted, 9 p.m., Lifetime
Bering Sea Gold: Under the Ice, 9 p.m., Discovery
Extreme Homes, 9 p.m., HGTV
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta, 9pm, TLC
Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse, 9 p.m., TBS
20/20, 10 p.m., ABC
Deadly Women, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery
Eden Eats, 10 p.m., Cooking
Fashion Police, 10 p.m., E!
I Found the Gown, 10 p.m., TLC
Law on the Border, 10 p.m., Animal Planet
Lost Girl, 10 p.m., Syfy
Real Time With Bill Maher, 10 p.m., HBO
Yukon Men, 10 p.m., Discovery
House Hunters International, 10:30 p.m., HGTV

Lauren Graham and sportscaster Dan Patrick on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, 11:35 p.m., NBC
Seth Green and Sutton Foster on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS

What to watch on Saturday, September 1...

SPECIAL, 8pm, Discovery
One Giant Leap: A Neil Armstrong Tribute
Last week, when astronaut Neil Armstrong passed, the world lost a legend. As a tribute to his life and the impact he made on the world—especially in America—the Discovery Channel will air a one-hour special giving deeper insight into what it was like to be the first man to walk on the moon, featuring footage from his last ever public appearance and interviews with crew-mates Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Anyone who ever wanted to be an astronaut, or heck anyone who ever cared about science, might want to check this out. SCIENCE will follow this up with an encore presentation at 10pm, in the off-chance you miss it at 8pm.

Our Idiot Brother
Here's an underdog movie if I've ever seen one. Paul Rudd stars as a cheerful, honest-to-a-fault organic farmer who asks his sister for help after breaking up with his girlfriend. She lets him move in, but soon regrets it because, as it turns out, nice people are really freakin' annoying. Of course, when it turns out he might actually be onto something with the whole glass-half-full thing, shit starts to get real.

Doctor Who
Hey, it looks like all of those Doctor Who specials were actually building up to something: The Season 7 premiere! The doctor is officially IN. Sort of. Technically he's in prison because the season starts out with his being kidnapped and condemned to a prison on another planet that's actually more of an asylum than anything else. Go get 'em, Doc!

My Cat From Hell, 8 p.m., Animal Planet
Dateline: Real Life Mysteries, 9 p.m., TLC
Tanked, 9 p.m., Animal Planet
The Suze Orman Show, 9 p.m., CNBC
Wicked Attraction, 9 p.m., Investigation Discovery
Welcome to Sweetie Pie's: An Extra Slice, 9 p.m., OWN
One Giant Leap: A Neil Armstrong Tribute, 10 p.m., Science
Happily Never After, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery
Princess, 10 p.m., CNBC

What to watch on Sunday, September 2...

8pm, TNT
In "The Real Fake Car Job" the crew decides to set their sights on a crooked Wall Street exec. The bait? A fancy ol' antique car... at least, the facade of a fancy ol' antique car, which they use to lure their mark in so they can convince him to break the only deal that can protect him from prosecution. What could go wrong, right?

9pm, ABC

TV's Most Dynamic Duos: Presented by The Paley Center for Media
Robin Roberts hosts this two-hour special that pays tribute to the most memorable TV couples ever to have graced the small screen. Their chemistry, friendship, and—more importantly—their sexual tension were key to keeping audiences engaged and entertained for decades. I guess love never gets old? Sam and Diane (Cheers), Lucy and Ethel (I Love Lucy), and Pat Sajak and Vanna White (Wheel of Fortune) are just a few of the pairs who will receive special recognition.

Breaking Bad
In an effort to capitalize on advertising dollars, AMC has decided to break up Breaking Bad's final season into two parts, which means we won't be privy to Walt's (presumptively dark) future for quite some time. But in the Season 5.1 finale, "Gliding Over All," Walt will make a dangerous decision while attempting to clean up loose ends. As if the decision he made at the end of last week's episode wasn't dangerous enough?

10pm, BBC America
In "In the Hands of an Angry God" a victim is found dead after a brutal lynching, tapping into dark, festering racial tensions of the era. Can an Irish copper bring peace to a devastated black community? ...Not gonna lie, this one sounds pretty intense.

10:30pm, Showtime
Web Therapy
Oh, hey Lisa Kudrow, cool web series-turned-TV show! In this week's episode, "Stalk Therapy," Fiona's client Newell confronts her about something that happened when the two were in college together—over 20 years ago. Grudges are pathetic, though, so I hope that works out really poorly for Newell. Meanwhile, Putsy gets into a little bit of trouble with the law and Fiona tries to cope with the realization that her old romance with Richard might finally be water under the bridge, after all. Because Fiona loves attention.

Big Brother, 8 p.m., CBS
Cupcake Wars, 8 p.m., Food
Leverage, 8 p.m., TNT
Off the Hook: Extreme Catches, 8 p.m., Animal Planet
Royal Memories: Prince Charles' Tribute to the Queen, SPECIAL, 8 p.m., PBS
Sunday Best, SEASON FINALE AT 9 p.m., 8 p.m., BET
Survivorman Ten Days, 8 p.m., Discovery
Women on Death Row, 8 p.m., Bio
Big Ang, 9 p.m., VH1
Hell on Wheels, 9 p.m., AMC
Hoarding: Buried Alive, 9 p.m., TLC
Keeping Up With the Kardashians, 9 p.m., E!
Nail Files, 9 p.m., TV Guide
One Car Too Far, 9 p.m., Discovery
Oprah's Life Class, 9 p.m., OWN
Sins & Secrets, 9 p.m., Investigation Discovery
The Great Food Truck Race, 9 p.m., Food
All American Handyman, 10 p.m., HGTV
Bridezillas, 10 p.m., WE
Copper, 10 p.m., BBC America
I Survived, 10 p.m., Bio
Iron Chef America, 10 p.m., Food
Lovetown, USA, 10 p.m., OWN
Married to Jonas, 10 p.m., E!
On the Case with Paula Zahn, SEASON FINALE, 10 p.m., Investigation Discovery
Taboo, 10 p.m., NatGeo
Unique Eats, 10 p.m., Cooking
Weeds, 10 p.m., Showtime
Web Therapy, 10:30 p.m., Showtime

What are you watching this weekend?

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Boss, Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels.

And, sadly, Big Brother.
Breaking Bad, Copper and (I guess...) Weeds.
Breaking Bad. By the way, is anybody having problems on Internet Explorer with site. I'm having to use Chrome.
DOCTOR WHO! DOCTOR WHO! DOCTOR WHO!!! It's been too long!
well leverage is there nice one for that
Friday: reruns...

Saturday: Doctor Who, reruns...

Sunday: Leverage, maybe TV's Dynamic Duos, reruns...
Gravity Falls, Boss, Doctor Who, Breaking Bad, Copper, Black Dynamite, Hell on Wheels, Weeds
According to your "Leverage" page, there is no episode on the 2nd and the next episode "7" will air on the 9th, so which is the correct one??

You still messed up guys!!!
My satellite guide says that there will be a new Leverage episode on September 2nd at 9 pm and the episode will repeat at 10 pm. The episode title will be "The Real Fake Car Job".
I think i can easily some up this weekend with two little words-

DOCTOR WHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If Sanaa Lathan was my new aide, I too would be infatuated with her... Actually, I would probably have to move her to another department, cause, honestly, I would overtly hit on her every chance I would have!

So, so hot...
Lost Girl, Doctor Who, Breaking Bad, Weeds

Doctor Who.

Weeds. I still need to catch up with Breaking Bad, Leverage and Hell on Wheels.

Hello, I'm the Doctor. Basically.... run!

Especially that "Dinosaurs! On a spaceship!?" was so cool in the trailer.

Or the creepy baby weeping angel.

Or the "How much trouble are we in?" - "Out of 10? 11!" in the BBC America trailer.

Can't wait.

For me Doctor Who 2005 even bests all the Star Trek and Stargate shows. Best Sci-Fi-show ever ;-)
For all of you saying "nothing" on Sat give Doctor who a try. In fact they are marathon-ing the last 2 seasons as I type if you want to get caught up. It's funny/silly, dramatic, and has depth. Give it a go.
Friday: Misters Ferguson and Peterson.

Saturday: Doctor McWho.

Sunday: Leverage, um, isn't there some Adult Swim stuff? I hope so.
Doctor Who. Doctor Who! Doc-tor WHO!
Friday~ Lost Girl

Saturday~ Nothing

Sunday~ Leverage & Weeds
FRI: ANTM, Chelsea Lately.

SAT: Netflix!

SUN: Big Brother, reruns.

I'd be interested to get caught up on Web Therapy and Doctor Who though. Both look like great shows!

Fall is approaching fast, it's amazing!! So excited but worried about trying to juggle all my shows, lol!

Thanks for the list of what to watch this weekend since it's easy for one of these to fall through the cracks with all the Labor Day festivities. I'm glad that I got my Hopper so I can record the Neil Armstrong tribute on Discovery Saturday night. I'll be recording that and several shows with plenty of DVR storage space for other programs. My coworkers at Dish reminded me that the Dr. Who premiere is this weekend and I can't wait for another great season!
DOCTOR WHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday - Lost Girl

Saturday - Doctor Who

Sunday - Leverage, Hell on Wheels + Weeds
Also worth noting is that there's a number of fall preview specials coming up over the next few days.
Friday: -

Saturday: -

Sunday: Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels.
Boss and Craigy tonight.

Nothing on Saturday. I feel tempted to watch Doctor Who, but I'm assuming it'd be best if I watched (at least some of) the first 6 seasons first. Could I start with season 7 and enjoy it just the same?

Leverage, Hell on Wheels, and ...*weeps*... the half-season finale of Breaking Bad. No more BB for another year?! Argghh!!! *Weeps some more*

Also, good movie pick with Our Idiot Brother. Quite the hilarious movie.
You could try Doctor Who, but it'll seem incredibly disjointed and hard to follow if you don't have at least a general familiarity with the Doctor, British humor, and cheesy scifi goodness.
I miss the insanity that is True Blood....
Friday: Lost Girl

Sunday: Leverage.
Fri: Lost Girl.

Sat: Doctor Who.

Sun: Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels and Hoarding: Buried Alive.
No more Newsroom, no more True Blood, no more Falling Skies, no more Political Animals.

Sundays have become dark again...

New season can't come soon enough
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Its Friday night, so really, its pretty much World's Tallest Midget territory there....
FR.: Boss

SA.: Doctor Who

SU.: Leverage, Hell on Wheels, Copper, Weeds

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