What to watch on Friday, August 30...
Side by Side: The Science, Art and Impact of Digital Cinema
Host and co-producer Keanu Reeves guides you through the history and techniques of celluloid and digitial film production. Among those discussing the different approaches are a few moving-picture-makers you may have heard of, like James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Martin Scorcese, and Steven Soderbergh.
CATCH-UP MINI-MARATHON, 10pm, Cinemax
The boys take a breather from shooting up and/or blowing up new shit, so that you can enjoy this season’s first three outings of shooting up and/or blowing up previous shit.
SEASON 2 FINALE, 10pm, Syfy
With Alec torn between fixing Kiera’s problems or his own in “Second Time,” can Kiera save the lad from himself and keep her hopes of returning home alive? (P.S.: If you really can’t wait until 10pm to learn the answer, I suggest consulting your friendly neighborhood Canadian. This aired up there like three weeks ago.)
SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, Discovery
Alaskan Steel Men
This reality series chronicles Quality Marine of Alaska’s squad of emergency response welders, who keep the Kodiak fleet sturdy and afloat in an unforgiving climate. The opener includes an underwater welder taking the plunge to make a critical repair before a huge storm rolls in.
– Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Diabo Cody, and Booker T. Jones with Mayer Hawthorne on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
What to watch on Saturday, August 31...
8pm, BBC America
Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited
Even the TARDIS is not immune to the pull of ‘90s nostalgia, as the retrospective rolls on to the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie starring Eighth Doctor Paul McGann. His race to save the world from obliteration on New Year’s Eve 1999 was the Doctor’s first return since the original series concluded in 1989, and his last representation before the 21st century reboot.
Olivia and Jack’s long-awaited Seattle sojourn goes sideways in “Help Wanted.” Later, Olivia helps an apparently rehabilitated ex-con get back on his law-abiding feet, and Rosie and Zach’s quarrel impacts their daughter.
9pm & 10pm, NBC
Do No Harm
On the list of things the human race neither wants nor needs in 2013, “back-to-back episodes of Do No Harm would fall somewhere between “new strain of avian flu” and “more Twitter arguments about who should play Batman.” And yet, here we are. “But I’m Allergic to Cats” comes first, and it’s about Jason’s son being nabbed by either Jason or Ian to protect him from the other one. (NBC’s PR is a little fuzzy on that.) Then “You Made Me Do This” puts Ian one step closer to Ruben’s chopping block.
Hell on Wheels
There’s a varmint needs a-catchin’ in “Searchers,” so Cullen helps Elam hunt the dangerous quarry. Meanwhile, pandemonium roils the town as it gets ready to pull up stakes and schlep down the tracks.
CATCH-UP MINI-MARATHON, 9pm, Starz
The White Queen
Brush up on your 15th century English history—three hours of it, anyway—with a replay of the rookie costume drama’s first three episodes.
What to watch on Sunday, September 1...
MDA Show of Strength Telethon
The annual benefit for the Muscular Dystrophy Association moves to ABC, its first time airing on a single national network. Slated appearances include Backstreet Boys, Ryan Seacrest, Luke Bryan, Lee Ann Womack, and Paula Abdul.
TV’s Funniest of the Funniest: A Paley Center for Media Special
Television stars come out to salute television in this television-clip-packed television special. A countdown of TV’s 30 funniest moments will span the medium’s 60-plus year history and include I Love Lucy, All in the Family, The Cosby Show, The Simpsons, and plenty more.
Martha represents a troubled teen, and later defends a less-than-forthcoming client before a police tribunal. Elsewhere, pupils Nick and Niamh pop their court cherries, and Clive keeps a secret under wraps.
“Line Up or Shut Up” finds Carrie and Al investigating the death of a young man who had been transporting a sporty roadster to a diplomat. Dammit, Luxembourgeois Minister Plenipotentiary—how many more lives will your love of sports cars claim?!
“Rabid Dog” steers the Breaking Bad summaries even deeper into Mad Men levels of opaqueness, not even bothering to name whose “unusual strategy” begins to pay off, or whose “plans are set in motion,” threatening to upset the whole darn apple cart. So naturally, we should all assume the characters referenced here are Huell and Trent the Fast-Casual Tableside Guac Server, respectively.
Low Winter Sun
“Frank plunges into a dark new world in search of Katia,” says the logline for “Catacombs,” and now I can’t stop hearing the underground level music from Super Mario Bros. and picturing Mark Strong jumping over fireballs. (Spoiler alert: Katia will turn out to be in another castle.)
10pm, BBC America
Corcoran assembles a Sixth Precinct posse to run recon on Donovan’s operations in Five Points. Meanwhile in “The Fine Ould Irish Gentleman,” Morehouse’s personal and professional lives are at odds, and the Freemans face an onslaught of bigotry.
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