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What to Watch This Weekend: Fringe, In Plain Sight, Saturday Night Live, and Sherlock

Break a champagne bottle over the hull of this glorious morn, S.S. Weekend is ready to set sail! Remember to follow the North Star (your TV) and avoid icebergs (responsibilities)!:

What to watch on Friday, May 4...

SERIES FINALE, 10pm, USA
In Plain Sight
It's been a long run of protecting witnesses while wearing cool aviator sunglasses, but Mary "Mary" McCormack's packing it in tonight in "All's Well That Ends," In Plain Sight's series finale. Tune in to watch Mary finding herself torn between a witness and her family (after an unexpected family reunion), plus there's supposed to be a big change happening at the main office. (Free soda?) Bye, Mary!

9pm, Fox
Fringe
This penultimate episode of Fringe Season 4 is actually the beginning of the season finale! In "Brave New World" Walter looks into a series of cases of spontaneous human combustion by revisiting some painful memories in his own past. Meanwhile both universes are in danger and the Fringe team must face off against David Robert Jones in a huge fight and/or brawl that will look like a big tornado with fists and elbows coming out of it like in the cartoons! No it won't look like that. It'll be exciting though.

9pm, CW
Supernatural
In "Reading is Fundamental," Castiel wakes up! (Spoiler alert?) Also, a teen gets struck by lightning, is turned into some kind of prophet, and the Winchester bros come to believe he'll be the key in defeating the Leviathans. No pressure, guy.

10pm, CBS
Blue Bloods
Tonight Danny and Jackie will look into the mysterious death of a some kind of high-rolling 1% type. (Those types of people make enemies?) Meanwhile a hit is put out on Jamie's life so Frank decides to put him under house arrest.

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Nikita, 8 p.m., CW
Shark Tank, 8 p.m., Fox
The Finder, 8 p.m., Fox
Undercover Boss, 8 p.m., CBS
Who Do You Think You Are?: Rashida Jones, 8 p.m., NBC
America's Most Wanted, 9 p.m., Lifetime
Art21: Art in the Twenty-First Century, 9 p.m., PBS
CSI: NY, 9 p.m., CBS
Fairly Legal, 9 p.m., USA
Grimm, 9 p.m., NBC
Primetime: What Would You Do?, 9 p.m., ABC
The Comedy Awards Playlist, ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 9 p.m., Comedy Central
The Ricky Gervais Show, 9 p.m., HBO
Whale Wars: Viking Shores, 9 p.m., Animal Planet
20/20, 10 p.m., ABC
Dateline NBC, 10 p.m., NBC
Embarrassing Bodies, 10 p.m., Discovery Fit & Health
Magic City, 10 p.m., Starz
Real Time with Bill Maher, 10 p.m., HBO
The Ultimate Fighter Live, 10 p.m., FX

LATE-NITE PICKS:
Damian Lewis on Tavis Smiley, 12 a.m., PBS
Kristen Stewart on Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:34 p.m., NBC
Nathan Fillion & Taran Killam on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37 a.m., NBC
Raven-Symoné on The Wendy Williams Show, 12 a.m., BET
Zooey Deschanel & Patrick Warburton on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37 a.m., CBS



What to watch on Saturday, May 5...

ORIGINAL MINISERIES, 7pm, Syfy
Treasure Island
Not ALL Syfy Productions are patently ridiculous from the get-go. For example, Treasure Island is a (relatively) big-budget, 4-hour saga that stars Eddie Izzard, Donald Sutherland, and Elijah Wood and might not feature ANY alien tornadoes of any kind! If you're a fan of the Robert Louis Stevenson swash-buckling classic, you may want to check out this version which also contains 100% more Shaun Parkes (A.J. from The River!) than any version thus far.

11:30pm, NBC
Saturday Night Live
Some guy named Eli Manning, who I believe might be a pro tennis player or something, joins some lady named Rihanna, who I believe might be some kind of princess from Barbados, for tonight's episode of Saturday Night Laffs!

ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 9pm, HBO
2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
While it's true that 100% of the human population does not care about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and never will, HBO has still assembled what looks to be a pretty interesting special! Join new inductees the Beastie Boys, Donovan, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N' Roses, and the ghosts of several long-dead artists for this 2.5 hour tribute to some of the greatest music of all time. Doesn't matter what it's for, that room will be filled to the brim with talent.

PLUS NEW EPISODES OF...
Cats 101, 8 p.m., Animal Planet
Escape Routes, SEASON 1 FINALE, 8 p.m., NBC
Tanked, 9 p.m., Animal Planet
The Firm, 9 p.m., NBC
Suze Orman Show, 9 p.m., CNBC
48 Hours Mystery, 10 p.m., CBS
Bizarre E.R., 10 p.m., Discovery Fit & Health
Flipped Off, 10 p.m., A&E;
The Thick of It, 12 a.m., BBC America
Katy Brand's Big Ass Show, 12:40 a.m., BBC America


What to watch on Sunday, May 6...

SERIES 2 PREMIERE, 9pm, PBS
Sherlock
While the recent Robert Downey, Jr.-Jude Law Sherlock movies were fun and all, it's this series of modernized adventures that secretly blew viewers away. If you haven't Netflixed Series 1, get on that! (Fair warning: Each installment is the length of a feature film.) "A Scandal in Belgravia" kicks off Series 2 and finds the titular sleuth (Benedict Cumberbatch) becoming a media sensation due to Watson's (Martin Freeman) blog and he's tasked with a case that gets them both mixed up with the CIA, international terrorists, and the British royal family. Normal stuff.

9pm, HBO
Game of Thrones
In "The Old Gods and the New," Daenerys stands her ground in protecting what she believes is rightfully hers, plus Jon Snow must prove his mettle up in those snowy mountains. Also Arya gets an unexpected visitor and Joffrey deals with his occasionally disloyal subjects. (It's now a struggle just to type his name without cringing.)

10pm, AMC
Mad Men
Tonight Peggy finds herself reluctantly harboring a secret, plus Pete has to help out a friend in need. And in the AMC synopsis writer's most tantalizing tease to date, "Don gets a surprise." If that doesn't hook viewers, what will? (Besides quality writing.)

ORIGINAL SPECIAL, 8:30pm, Comedy Central
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis
Here's a half-hour version of one of Funny or Die's best video series ever, filmed before and in conjunction with Comedy Central's second annual The Comedy Awards. Some of Galifianakis' interview subjects include funnywoman Tina Fey, funnyman Jon Stewart, and airline worker Sir Richard Branson.

SEASON 20 FINALE, 8pm, CBS
Amazing Race
Have you been watching this, the 20th season of Amazing Race? If so, who do you think will win in tonight's finale? Please don't say Brendan and Rachel. They took up enough of my mental real estate on Big Brother and are basically the reason I avoided this season of Amazing Race. So who besides them?

10pm, HBO
Veep
Another half hour, another 90 minutes of jokes and concepts crammed in there somehow. This show is dense! But it's good, obviously. Tonight Selina's college-age daughter comes for a visit and Selina celebrates 20 years in D.C. while ALSO deflecting rumors of a feud between her and the first lady. There's also some business about Selina attempting to have her named removed from a list of possible hurricane names because she needs more things to worry about. Whew, I'm tired.

AWARDS SPECIAL, 9pm, Comedy Central
The Comedy Awards
This is only the second year of Comedy Central's slightly self-celebratory awards show, but it's already pretty respected. Among other awards, Jon Stewart will be presenting the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence to Don Rickles, plus Robin Williams will receive the Stand-Up Icon Award. Gallagher will be awarded a mop and a bucket.

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
Harry's Law, 8 p.m., NBC
Mob Wives, 8 p.m., VH1
Once Upon a Time, 8 p.m., ABC
The Simpsons, 8 p.m., Fox
Bob's Burgers, 8:30 p.m., Fox
Army Wives, 9 p.m., Lifetime
Celebrity Apprentice, 9 p.m., NBC
Chopped All-Stars, SEASON 2 FINALE, 9 p.m., Food Network
Desperate Housewives, 9 p.m., ABC
Family Guy, 9 p.m., Fox
Long Island Medium, 9 p.m., TLC
MythBusters, 9 p.m., Discovery
Nurse Jackie, 9 p.m., Showtime
The Killing, 9 p.m., AMC
Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On, 9 p.m., TV Guide Channel
American Dad!, 9:30 p.m., Fox
The Big C, 9:30 p.m., Showtime
GCB, SEASON 1 FINALE, 10 p.m., ABC
Khloe & Lamar, 10 p.m., E!
NYC 22, 10 p.m., CBS
River Monsters, 9 p.m., Animal Planet
The Borgias, 10 p.m., Showtime
The Client List, 10 p.m., Lifetime
The Real Housewives of New Jersey, 10 p.m., Bravo
Girls, 10:30 p.m., HBO
Meet Mrs. Eastwood & Company, 10:30 p.m., E!
Ice Loves Coco, 10:30 p.m., E!
Shannen Says, 11 p.m., WE
Loiter Squad, 11:30 p.m., Cartoon Network
Metalocalypse, 12:15 a.m., Cartoon Network



What are you watching this weekend?

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Sunday: Nurse Jackie
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Sunday: Game of Thrones,GCB, Army Wives and Sherlock
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Friday: Supernatural

Sunday: Once Upon A Time, GCB, Girls
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GoT, MM, Veep, OUaT, Bob's Burgers, American Dad, The Big C, Nurse Jackie, NYC 22 and Girls.



'Must sees' out of those above: GoT. MM, Bob's, and AD!
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Are there people who haven't seen series 2 of Sherlock yet?
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Certainly not me, but yeah. Poor miserable bastids. As with the first series, the 2nd episode didn't quite measure up to the 1st and 3rd, but was still very good, blows those other movies away...
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I noticed the same thing with the first season. The Blind Banker just wasn't as good as the 1st and 3d.
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God, I love Sherlock. I've seen season 2 already and everyone should watch it!
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SHERLOCK!!!
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Supernatural, Sherlock, Game of Thrones and The Simpsons.
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Nothing looks good to me. I will not be watching The Amazing Race and I don't really care who wins as long as it's NOT Brendan and Rachel. I can't stand them. They are the reason I stopped watching Big Brother and did not watch this season of The Amazing Race.
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Me neither, as I certainly could never find anything amazing about any staged reality TV. C'mon, Gilmore, you're a reality TV junkie and you have to stop. You're bringing down the whole block, dammit...
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Fringe, Nikita, Supernatural, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, NBA
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TOTALLY OFF-TOPIC ALERT!



What does everybody think of the new non-icons, like my appropriately titled friend, PersonUnkonwn, has below? I remember them having an orange background. Now it's just a white silhouette with a light grey background. It actually has less personality, if that's possible. Methinks TV.com is incentivizing people without an icon image to get one.
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I KNOW. I miss my orange background! I felt it was great representation of my ginger status, and the real kicker is NO ONE KNEW. And now it's grey. *Sigh* I wish I understood the internet a bit more, and I'd be makin' some changes.
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hey you're right! hmm.. maybe I'll get a picture of walter in there
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Maybe I'll get a picture of the old icon :)
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fringe,nikita&game of thrones
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how is that a syfy original when I have already seen treasure island
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Sherlok!!!!!!
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Game Of Thrones, Mad Men, Veep, The Killing, Desperate Housewives, Once Upon A Time, and Harry's Law.

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Friday: probably nothing, maybe Fairly Legal if I get really bored.



Saturday: Cartoons day! Young Justice, Thundercats, Transformers Prime. Maybe SNL.



Sunday: Mythbusters, Fox animation highlighting Bob's Burgers, Metalocalypse which has thankfully returned to its 15-minute format roots.





Treasure Island looks like one of those big budget miniseries that has a great cast and lush production values but then sucks bad anyway.
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Fringe and In Plain Sight (sorry it ends, but the show at least had a decent run) for sure. Supernatural and Grimm to be recorded for some later time.

Nothing on Saturday, no surprise here.

Sunday Once Upon A Time, the Amazing Race, and maybe Game of Thrones (though lately the latter has become less and less entangling for me)
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Tonight: The Finder, Nikita, Grimm, and Supernatural. The LLS, too. Fringe, eventually.

Nothing on Saturday. Maybe Treasure Island...?

Sunday: The Killing, Veep, and Game of Thrones.
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Grimm, Once Upon a Time, The Client List, Desperate Housewives and the season finale of GCB! I really hope they renew the show...
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Fringe, Supernatural, Grimm, Ancient Aliens

Treasure Island

Sherlock, Game of Thrones, The Cleveland Show, Once Upon a Time, The Simposons, Bobs Burgers, Desperate Housewives, Family Guy, Nurse Jackie
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Friday: FRINGE, Nikita, The Finder, Grimm, CSI: NY, Blue Bloods, Fairly Legal and In Plain Sight. Whew! Busy Friday!



Sunday: Just Once Upon a Time, although I will try to catch Sherlock.
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FRIDAY- The Finder, Supernatural, Grimm, Fringe, TUF, In Plain Sight series finale :*( , Fairly Legal

SUNDAY- The Killing, Game Of Thrones, Family Guy, Veep & Mythbusters



Have a killer weekend!!!!!
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Fringe

The Ricky Gervais Show

SNL

Veep

Rewatching Sherlock, and so should you

OUAT

Family Guy

Nurse Jackie



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FRINGE!!!! All weekend long. I have not watched any sneak peeks, only the promo at the end of last weeks episode. I can't wait. And I'm glad it's coming back next season albeit short but because of it, life is good :)
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I'd rather them air the Fringe finale back to back.

I may leave it on the PVR until next week.
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OUAT and The Killing on Sunday
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SHERLOCK!!!! Already seen season 2, but can't wait to watch it again in US time. This show is seriously the best, if you are not watching it, what is wrong with you???
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Agreed....I'm frustrated that the main actors involved are doing work on the big screen, thus slowing down production for season 3...at least that's what I've read...
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Well, to be fair, they're all worthy projects. Star Trek? The Hobbit? I'm all for it!
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I will watch ANYTHING Benedict Cumberbatch is in :)
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We have that in common!

(But most especially Sherlock and Star Trek. Cause COME ON.)
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FRINGE!



and In Plain Sight, Supernatural, Nikita, The Finder, Fairly Legal and Magic City.



The FA Cup Final between Liverpool and Chelsea - COME ON LIVERPOOL! Also, Treasure Island actually sounds quite interesting - what's going on at Sci-Fi? This isn't the usually level of crap we've come to expect.



Game of Thrones, VEEP, Once Upon A Time, Bob's Burgers, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy and American Dad.
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"both universes"!! yap! am there. Fringe...
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I just want to keep trying to force 'Sherlock' into all the comments so that everyone can see how amazing it is but I'm going to leave now and not come back untill very very soon to see if anything's changed.

I'm not crazy.

I just think everyone deserves to watch good TV.
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F*** YEAH SEHRLOCK.

I might just rewatch the episodes to be in sync with the US.

(Does anyone on TV.com recap it? Best show ever. Ever ever ever ever ever. And Scandal is such a great episode too...wonderful score. I'll stop talking now. But seriously, the music.)
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Tonight I'm going to watch Fringe's season finale. I'm still so happy that I can say "season" finale. :P On Sunday, I'll be watching The Simpsons.
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FRINGE! If you don't watch this show, you are missing out on the best TV ever written. It is absolutely brilliant. It has been renewed for Season 5 but it deserves at least 10!

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Friday: Grimm, CSI: NY, Blue Bloods, The Finder... Saturday: maybe The Firm... Sunday: Sherlock (on Masterpiece Mystery), Harry's Law, NYC 22...
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Friday: Fringe



(seriously, if you haven't given this show a chance, you are missing one of the best TV shows of recent times - crime drama, sci-fi, love story, with the most creative writing team yet and great characters)
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I just did! I'm currently halfway through the 2nd season and I love it! I don't know how I didn't watch it before!
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I wish I could give this post two likes. One for me, and one for my doppelganger.
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Fri: Fringe, Supernatural, Grimm



Saturday: The Legend of Korra, Young Justice, Green Lantern



Sunday: Game of Thrones, Once Upon A Time, The Killing, Animation Domination, Avengers, Ultimate Spiderman, Loiter Squad, Metalocalypse
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Fri: In Plain Sight, Supernatural, Blue Bloods, Fringe, Fairly Legal, Magic City



Sun: GoT, OUaT, CA
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Happy Fringe Friday, everybody! I'll be counting down the hours while replaying that movie trailer! A brave new world is coming!



Also, The Legend of Korra!



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Oh, isn't that cute, Syfy is starting to repeat movies again, it already aired in Jan!
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Fringe, rewatch Fringe, tweet about Fringe (#DarkestBeforeDawn), facebook about Fringe, tweet about Fringe on second account, update my Fringe fanpage, and getGlue Fringe, that's my Friday! Sounds like a vacation, right! I love it!
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Americans, watch Sherlock. And Fringe. And Game of Thrones.
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As a Non-American, I wholeheartedly approve this message.
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In honor and tribute to the Red Universe, in all its Amber-y, Show-Me, and Bronze Statue of Liberty glory, I have decided to don my alternate Red icon for the weekend. We've had some great times with Fauxlivia, Walternate and Altrid, and I sincerely believe we will see them again. But until that day/episode comes, I will continue to metaphorically look up into the sky, with the hopes of spotting a very familiar blimp.



FRINGE NIGHT!
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Friday: FRINGE!!!! Nikita, Grimm.

Saturday: Nothing as usual.

Sunday: Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time, The Killing, The Big C, Girls.
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Fri: Supernatural, Fringe and Grimm.

Sat: Young Justice: Invasion, SNL and maybe Treasure Island.

Sun: AFV, Once Upon a Time, The Amazing Race, Game of Thrones, Fox animation, The Penguins of Madagascar and maybe The Comedy Awards.

On The Amazing Race, I don't have a favorite to win, but if Brendon & Rachel win, I'm going to have to double my margaritas on Cinco de Mayo.
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Nikita, Fringe, Avatar: The Legend of Korra, Once Upon a Time, The Killing, Game of Thrones, The Big C, Mad Men, Girls
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I think you should include cartoons for Saturdays.
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Ooh, I get to make a Sherlock reference before Mate storms in. Sherlock rules!!!!!! Love this show and I'm looking forward to Sherlock Holmes himself being the next Star Trek uber-villain.
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