What to Watch This Weekend: Fringe, Eastbound & Down, and Life's Too Short


High-five! Low-five! Gimme some skin! It's the weekend, you guys, and with it comes the usual array of promising TV treats. Check it:

What to watch on Friday, February 17...



9pm, Fox
Fringe
Things may not be what they seem when Olivia discovers a link between a mental patient and a series of murders. Or maybe they are what they seem? I don't know. Your move, Fringe.

8pm, CW
Nikita
In "Origins," Nikita learns more about the night she was arrested. Elsewhere, Alex admits her true identity at a press conference. Pretty typical spy drama, basically.

9pm, CW
Supernatural
In "Repo Man," a serial killing demon resurfaces for another killing spree. Meanwhile Sam and Dean visit a man who's been possessed by that demon in the past in order to gain insight on the demon's M.O. (You know, besides texting at the movies and turning without signaling).

10pm, Starz
Spartacus: Vengeance
Tonight Crixus becomes separated from the group while Spartacus attempts to lead survivors through the woods to safety. Meanwhile in slightly more clothed news, Lucretia attempts to seek favor with a high-ranking Roman by digging into Ilithyia's past.

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Kitchen Nightmares, 8 p.m., Fox
NAACP Image Awards, AWARDS SPECIAL, 8 p.m., NBC
Radio Rebel, ORIGINAL MOVIE, 8 p.m., Disney
Shark Tank, 8 p.m., ABC
Tyler Perry's House of Payne, 8 p.m., TBS
Undercover Boss, 8 p.m., CBS
A Gifted Man, 9 p.m., CBS
America's Most Wanted, 9 p.m., Lifetime
Ancient Aliens, SEASON 4 PREMIERE, 9 p.m., History
Gold Rush, 9 p.m., Discovery
Primetime: What Would You Do?, 9 p.m., ABC
The Life and Times of Tim, SEASON 3 FINALE, 9 p.m., HBO
On Freddie Roach, 9:30 p.m., HBO
20/20: Remembering Whitney Houston, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 10 p.m., ABC
Bering Sea Gold, 10 p.m., Discovery
Blue Bloods, 10 p.m., CBS
Curious & Unusual Deaths, 10 p.m., Discovery Fit & Health
Dateline NBC, 10 p.m., NBC
Four Weddings, 10 p.m., TLC
Merlin, 10 p.m., Syfy
Portlandia, 10 p.m., IFC
Real Time with Bill Maher, 10 p.m., HBO
Marvel Anime: Blade, 11 p.m., G4
Russell Simmons Presents the Ruckus, 11 p.m., Comedy Central

LATE-NITE PICKS:
Dave Salmoni on Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35 p.m., NBC
Kristen Wiig and Mike Birbiglia on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35 p.m., CBS
Margaret Cho on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS
Ricky Gervais and Thandie Newton on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:35 a.m., NBC



What to watch on Saturday, February 18...

11:30pm, NBC
Saturday Night Live
Tonight Maya Rudolph returns to walk the boards of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, and she'll presumably bring with her a smattering of classic characters. Also along for the ride: Sleigh Bells, the brain-melting thrash-pop duo who will stop at nothing to turn America's youth deaf.

SEASON 1 FINALE, 9pm, BBC America
The Fades
It's all been building to this: Series 1 of the moody BBC supernatural teen drama concludes with a showdown between the Angelics and the Fades. Y'all been watching this show? It's really good!

9pm, Syfy
2012: Ice Age
So this Syfy Original isn't brand-new (but really, are they ever?), but at least it's timely! In that it is presently 2012. Anyway, 2012: Ice Age tells the tale of a family desperate to flee a world-threatening volcanic eruption that could plunge everybody into another ice age.

9pm, NBC
The Firm
After last weekend's false alarm, The Firm actually will air its "Chapter Seven" episode tonight and it details a case in which two brothers are forced to betray each other and the over-arching storyline continues to be duuulllll.

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
My Cat From Hell, 8 p.m., Animal Planet
Victorious, 8 p.m., Nickelodeon
Oddities, 9 p.m., Science
Parking Wars, 9 p.m., A&E;
Suze Orman Show, 9 p.m., CNBC
48 Hours Mystery, 10 p.m., CBS
An Idiot Abroad: The Bucket List, 10 p.m., Science
Billy the Exterminator, 10 p.m., A&E;
Graham Norton Show, 10 p.m., BBC America
Nick Cannon: Mr. Showbiz, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 11 p.m., Comedy Central
Would You Rather? With Graham Norton, 11 p.m., BBC America


What to watch on Sunday, February 19...

500th EPISODE, 8pm, Fox
The Simpsons
Has it really only been 500 episodes? I would've guessed more in the six-figure range, but anyway: Tonight the Simpsons find themselves banished from Springfield and forced to live in an off-the-grid, post-apocalyptic shanty town called "The Outlands." Here's to 500 more!

SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 10pm, HBO
Eastbound & Down
Season 3 picks up some time after the events of the Season 2 finale, so when we meet Kenny he's already in Myrtle Beach playing minor league baseball and April's planning their son's first birthday party. But who cares: KENNY M.F.in' POWERS is BACK.

SERIES PREMIERE, 10:30pm, HBO
Life's Too Short
Hey look, it's the eagerly awaited premiere of the new Gervais-Merchant mockumentary series, Life's Too Short! Owing more to Extras than The Office, this one follows real-life little person actor Warwick Davis as he deals with a crumbling marriage, bad job prospects, and partners Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant who take meetings with celebrities looking to play themselves in a future show. In tonight's premiere: Noted comic actor Liam Neeson swings by to pitch his comedy chops.

SEASON 20 PREMIERE, 8pm, CBS
The Amazing Race
The 20th season of the venerable CBS reality show returns tonight with 11 new teams of easily definable "types," including Big Brother couple Rachel and Brendan. In tonight's premiere the teams must skydive from 10,000 feet. That's unexpected! Not really.

8pm, ABC
Once Upon a Time
In "What Happened to Frederick," David comes clean to Kathryn about his affair with Mary Margaret, plus Prince Charming pauses his search for Snow White in order to help Abigail find something she's lost.

9pm, AMC
The Walking Dead
Picking up where last week's episode left off, tonight Lori will encounter some trouble on the road after crashing the car. Meanwhile Rick, Glenn, and Hershel face some unexpected consequences of their saloon shoot-out.

SEASON 12 PREMIERE, 9pm, NBC
The Celebrity Apprentice
Donald Trump presents a new menagerie of celebrity types for our scrambling, arguing, and carnival-barking pleasure. These include: Clay Aiken, Debbie Gibson, Adam Carolla, Lisa Lampanelli, and Penn Jillette.

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
60 Minutes, 7 p.m., CBS
America's Funniest Home Videos, 7 p.m., ABC
Dateline NBC, 7 p.m., NBC
The Cleveland Show, 7:30 p.m., Fox
Little People, Big World: Battle for the Farm, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 8 p.m., TLC
Mob Wives, 8 p.m., VH1
Napoleon Dynamite, 8:30 p.m., Fox
Desperate Housewives, 9 p.m., ABC
Downton Abbey, 9 p.m., PBS
Family Guy, 9 p.m., Fox
Hoarding: Buried Alive, 9 p.m., TLC
Luck, 9 p.m., HBO
Nightmare Next Door, 9 p.m., Investigation Discovery
Oprah's Next Chapter, 9 p.m., OWN
Shameless, 9 p.m., Showtime
The Real Housewives of Atlanta, 9 p.m., Bravo
Worst Cooks in America, 9 p.m., Food Network
American Dad!, 9:30 p.m., Fox
'I Ain't Scared of You': A Tribute to Bernie Mac, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 10 p.m., Comedy Central
Comic Book Men, 10 p.m., AMC
Cruise Ship Disaster: Inside the Concordia, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 10 p.m., Discovery
CSI: Miami, 10 p.m., CBS
Finding Bigfoot, 10 p.m., Animal Planet
House of Lies, 10 p.m., Showtime
My Strange Addiction, 10 p.m., TLC
Pan Am, SEASON 1 FINALE, 10 p.m., ABC
Californication, 10:30 p.m., Showtime
Ice Loves Coco, SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 10:30 p.m., E!
China, IL, 12 a.m., Cartoon Network
Talking Dead, 12 a.m., AMC
Mary Shelley's Frankenhole, 12:15 a.m., Cartoon Network



What are you watching this weekend?

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Fringe, Supernatural, Spartacus: Vengeance, Ancient Aliens Season 4 Premiere

The Fades, The Firm, SNL

The Simpsons, Once Upon A Time, The Walking Dead, The Cleveland Show, Desperate Housewives, Finding Bigfoot
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I really didn't expect a season 4 of "Ancient Aliens"....
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How many times can they tell us the same thing in different ways? haha, I still can't stop watching it though!
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Friday: A Gifted Man, Merlin, reruns... Saturday: The Firm, reruns (including Person of Interest)... Sunday: Pan Am, reruns...
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FRINGE!!! AHHHH Can't wait! #BeABetterMan,



and Once Upon A Time. I've just totally dropped The Walking Dead now...
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Supernatural, Spartacus: Vengeance, Merlin and The Simpsons
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NBA, Nikita, Supernatural, Fringe, Spartacus
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is the guy in the supernatural screenshot the devil from season 5?
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Sunday: Fox Animation minus Napoleon Dynamite, Once Upon a Time
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fringe, supernatural, the simpsons, napolean dynamite, and the walking dead
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Fringe, SNL, The Amazing Race, Desperate Housewives and The Walking Dead.
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Friday: Nothing.



Saturday: Nothing.



Sunday: Fox Animation minus Napoleon Dynamite, The Good Wife, CSI Miami, Bernie Mac special, China Il, Frankenhole.
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Friday: Nikita, Fringe, Merlin, and Blue Bloods



Sunday: Once Upon a Time and The Walking Dead.
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Friday: Fringe. Would watch Supernatural, but I'm a bit behind. And, I already seen Spartacus



Sunday: Once Upon A Time, The Walking Dead, Shameless, The Cleveland Show, Napolean Dynamite, Family Guy, American Dad, Frankenhole. Haven't really been watching The Simpsons for a few seasons now, but I'll probably check out the 500th episode
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Friday: the epicness of FRINGE will continue

and then the whole weekend over and over and ...
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Fringe and Supernatural.
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Supernatural on Friday, Once Upon a Time and Shameless on Sunday.
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Nikita and the LLS w/ CF tonight.

Nothing on Saturday.

Sunday: OUAT, Walking Dead, Luck, Californication, and House of Lies.
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Celebrity Apprentice!!!!! I'm rooting for Michael Andretti!!!!!
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Friday: Generator Rex

Saturday: Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
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mpl;fim and OUaT
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I'll definitely record the Pan AM SERIES finale, but I'm still behind a few episodes. (I know it's not officially the series finale, but all the signs are there.) It's something to watch when there's nothing else on.

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Friday: Fringe, A Gifted Man, Blue Bloods

Sunday: Once Upon a Time
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Blue Bloods and the Good Wife(which you didn't list BTW)
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You forgot the good wife
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FRINGE (it's felt like an eternity waiting for this), Nikita, Supernatural, Spartacus.



Once Upon A Time, The Walking Dead, Cleveland Show, Family Guy, Shameless, American Dad, House of Lies, Californication, Frankenhole, maybe Talking Dead (is it any good? I've not seen it yet).
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I think Talking Dead is a great show to watch after The Walking Dead. The creators or actors are there to answer questions or give backstory about the episode, there's a guest celebrity and Chris Hardwick hosts the chat and gets questions from live calls, online questions, a live poll and a "Pop-up Video" clip. They also give an added preview of next week's episode and an "In Memoriam" for humans and zombies. The show points out things I missed or suspected.
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A Gifted Man, Blue Bloods, Life's Too Short, Once Upon A Time, House of Lies, Californication
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Friday: Fringe, Nikita, Spartacus: Vengeance.

Saturday: Nothing.

Sunday: Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead, Californication, Pan Am, House of Lies, Shameless, The Good Wife.
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Is The Good Wife on too? That wasn't on the list. It's briliant.
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As I've understood it, yeah. Episode 15: "Live From Damascus".
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Fri: Merlin, Supernatural, Fringe, Grimm, Portlandia and The Life & Times of Tim.

Sat: SNL, Graham Norton, An Idiot Abroad and The Fades.

Sun: AFV, Once Upon a Time, The Amazing Race, The Walking Dead, Talking Dead, Fox animation and Hoarding: Buried Alive.
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Friday: Fringe, Supernatural, Spartacus, Kristen Wiig on Letterman, and Dave Salmoni on Leno



Saturday: Maya Rudolph on SNL..



Sunday: Once Upon a Time, Desperate Housewives, The Walking Dead, Shameles, Pan Am, House of Lies



ABC was stupid last week and aired that Pan Am episode WAAAAAY out of order.. and I've already seen finale of The Fades and it's CRAZYBALLS!
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The Fades was brilliant, one of my highlights of the year.
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Friday: Supernatural, Fringe.

Sunday: Once Upon a Time, The Waking Dead.
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Friday: Supernatural, Kitchen Nightmares, Blue Bloods



Sunday: Once Upon a Time, Walking Dead, Pan Am. And if I get really bored, perhaps Celebrity Apprentice later.
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Nikita, Fringe, Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead, Shameless, Luck, House of Lies, Californication
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