What to Watch This Weekend: Fringe, Louis C.K. on SNL, and Homeland

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Hooray, it's Friday! Do yourself a favor and pat yourself on the back. And if you're feeling extra congratulatory, get up from your seat, grab a cold drink, and then do the happy dance! Go on... do it. I'll wait. Also, here's your TV lineup for this weekend.


What to watch on Friday, November 2...


SPECIAL BENEFIT TELETHON, 8pm, NBC
Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together
NBC and the rest of the TV networks owned by NBC Universal—including Bravo, E!, Syfy, USA, and more—will air this one-hour live benefit telethon to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. Hosted by Matt Lauer, the event will feature guest appearances from Kevin Bacon, Tina Fey, and Jon Stewart (to name just a few), plus performances by Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, and more.


SEASON 4 PREMIERE, 8pm, CBS
Undercover Boss
If you're unfamiliar with the premise of Undercover Boss, it's the show in which executives—or "bosses," you might say—go undercover and disguise themselves as regular workers to see what it's REALLY like to work for their companies. Tonight's Season 4 premiere features the CEO of Modell's Sporting Goods. Other companies that've signed up for this season include Tilted Kilt and Cinnabon.


SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 8pm, ABC
Last Man Standing
Be honest, did you miss Tim Allen? In tonight's season opener, the Baxters are getting ready for the 2012 presidential election (don't forget to vote, people!), and Mike tries to persuade his daughter Mandy to vote for Mitt Romney. However, the other Baxters (Kristin and Ryan) are supporting President Obama.


SERIES PREMIERE, 8:30pm, ABC
Malibu Country
Created by former Eurythmics' musician Dave Stewart and executive-produced by Kevin Abbott, this new comedy stars Reba McIntyre as a former country singer named Reba (imagine that) who leaves her cheating, country-star husband and moves her family to California—more specifically, to a beach house in Malibu. She also tries to reclaim her career as a recording artist. So does that mean there'll be singing, too?


9pm, Fox
Fringe
After the devastating events of last week's episode, the Fringe team goes on the offensive tonight in "The Origin Story," and Peter makes a shocking move. With only nine more episodes to go until the end, we're guessing things only get darker from here.


9pm, The CW
Nikita
In "True Believer," Nikita, Michael and Sean try to stop a terrorist attack, but their situation quickly turns dangerous after Alex is shot. Elsewhere, Sonia and Birkhoff continue to bicker... and Nikita questions why Division continues to "run through Percy's old missions."


9pm, ABC
Shark Tank
Tonight, Seth MacFarlane will show up to support the business proposal of a friend, who claims he's built the ultimate fly trap. The product itself is certainly bizarre, as it basically utilizes your pet's waste as a way to attract insects, which then get caught in the trap. So, MacFarlane pitching a product that involves poop—who woulda thunk?


LATE-NITE HIGHLIGHTS:
Marion Cotillard on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
Ultraista performs on Late Night With David Letterman, 11:35 am, CBS
Christina Aguilera on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, CBS
Michael Sheen on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS



WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING ON FRIDAY?




What to watch on Saturday, November 3...


Noon - 11:30pm, ABC, CBS, FOX
College Football
Break out the chips and cold drinks, it's college football Saturday! From noon to 11:30pm, ABC, CBS and Fox will be running live regional coverage of all your favorite games. Highlights include: Oklahoma State at Kansas State at 3pm on ABC; Mississippi at Georgia at 3:30pm on CBS; Oklahoma State at Kansas State at 8pm on ABC; and Oregon at USC at 7pm on Fox. If I didn't mention your team, it doesn't mean anything. It means, "I highly suggest checking your local listing for a full lineup." :) .


9pm, Bio
Celebrity Ghost Stories
Tonight the one and only Charo shares a story that involves being attacked by the spirit of a deranged woman. Not to laugh at the matter, but I imagine Charo losing her mind, throwing heel or two at this ghost, and yelling foreign obscenities. This week's other guests include William Mapother, Justin Guarini, and Hope Dworaczyk, all of whom have been pestered by the paranormal.


10pm, Animal Planet
Pit Bulls and Parolees
Grab some Kleenex, because tonight's episode of Pit bulls and Parolees is sure to induce tears. In "Saving Prada," Tia, Tania, and newest parolee Randy rush to Nashville to rescue a pup from doggy death row. Meanwhile, Mariah battles a strong storm, which ends up flooding Villalobos (too soon, Pit Bulls and Parolees, too soon!).


11:30pm, NBC
Saturday Night Live
If you're a fan of Louis C.K., chances are you've already seen the excellent promos for tonight's episode, in which C.K. and Bill Hader embrace both Halloween and Hurricane Sandy. Musical guest Fun. will the joining the comedian... and hopefully it will be FUN to watch. The end.



WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING ON SATURDAY?



What to watch on Sunday, November 4...


7:30pm, Fox
The Cleveland Show
In tonight's "Menace II Secret Society," the Browns move to Los Angeles, where Cleveland reclaims his dream of becoming a Major League Baseball scout. While there, he meets the L.A. Dodgers' Matt Kemp and Andre Either (guest-voicing as themselves), as well as Red Sox player David Ortiz, Philadelphia Phillies player Jimmy Rollins, and Cincinnati Reds player Joey Votto (all guest-voicing as themselves), but they end up giving Cleveland a cold welcome. Meanwhile, Donna and the kids get wrapped up in the glitzy L.A. lifestyle, and later Cleveland finds himself befriending a struggling actress (guest-voiced by Krysten Ritter) who helps him realize Hollywood isn't everything that's cut out to be.


SEASON 5 PREMIERE, 9pm, Bravo
The Real Housewives of Atlanta
They're back, and this time around we'll see some new faces, some new rivalries, and lots of crazy new drama. In tonight's season opener, "Got Sexy Back," NeNe looks to reconcile with Gregg, Kandi decides to move in with her new Prince Charming, Kim might get evicted from her house, and Phaedra starts her new career in the funeral business. Oh, and we get to meet new Housewife Kenya, who looks like a real piece of work.


SEASON 5 PREMIERE, 9pm, Food
The Next Iron Chef: Redemption
The Next Iron Chef: Redemption will give 10 familiar chefs a second chance to battle it out and prove they've got the skills to be an Iron Chef. Honestly, could the Iron Chef franchise get more dramatic? Just sayin'!


9pm, ABC
Revenge
In "Illusion," the ties that bind Victoria and Conrad (or whatever's left of them) are tested. Elsewhere, Emily and Amanda have a difficult time trying to keep their past secret, and the all-too-knowing Mason digs deeper for information.


9:30pm, CBS
The Good Wife
In "Art of War," Alicia defends a female military officer who claims a civilian contractor tried to rape her in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Peter runs into an unexpected obstacle during his quest for the governorship.


10pm, Showtime
Homeland
In "A Gettysburg Address," Brody agrees to team up with Carrie and Quinn in order to prevent an attack against the U.S. Meanwhile, Dana deals with the aftermath of the hit-and-run.



WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING ON SUNDAY?


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