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Today’s Shows: Sunday, March 31st 2013

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Performers of the Week: Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus and Southland’s Michael Cudlitz

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A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars

THE PERFORMER | Norman Reedus

THE SHOW | The Walking Dead

THE EPISODE | “This Sorrowful Life”

THE AIRDATE March 24, 2013

THE PERFORMANCE | People love Daryl for a lotta reasons. He’s hot. He’s cool. He’s a badass. He’s no-BS. But, beneath all of those lies the real reason the that character is so adored: He’s vulnerable. And rarely (if ever) has Reedus as viscerally depicted that quality of his post-apocalyptic counterpart as he did in Merle’s final scene.

We knew that it wasn’t going to end well for Daryl’s beloved brother — the Governor had already shot him, after all. But what we, and certainly Daryl, couldn’t have anticipated was that, instead of Merle’s dead body, what he’d find just outside of Woodbury was Merle’s undead body — feeding on the corpse of young Ben.

As Daryl took in the stomach-churning scene, Reedus’ face crumbled. The redneck gasped for air and tried to choke back sobs. He even pushed Merle away, as if willing his eyes to be deceiving him. But he was only delaying the inevitable. Merle attacked, and Daryl, his heart in his throat, was finally forced to put him down.

As deaths go — especially on this show — it wasn’t the most gruesome one ever. Yet, thanks to the authenticity of Reedus’ performance, it’s likely be one of the most widely remembered.


THE SHOW Southland

THE EPISODE | “Heroes”

THE AIRDATE March 27, 2013

THE PERFORMANCE | On this week’s Southland, Cudlitz showcased his uncanny ability to say everything without saying anything at all. Forced to visit his dying rapist/murderer father in prison, Cudlitz’ stoic cop John Cooper stood silently over the man who had ruined his life. He listened to another round of his dad’s insults, including perhaps the worst one yet: “I used to pray you’d kill yourself, because I’d rather see you dead than have a f—-t for a son.”

Rather than lashing out and betraying his character’s guarded nature, Cudlitz kept his face almost still, but the pain in his eyes was evident. Then with a small, disappointed, resolute nod of the head, he walked over to his father’s side and whispered something into his ear. We never heard the words, but thanks to the actor’s performance, we didn’t need to.

It didn’t end there. In a powerfully emotional scene, Cooper once again listened as his retired training officer Hicks (a superb Gerald McRaney) waxed about his empty life. With sadness, compassion and even a little recognition – this could easily be a glimpse into his own future – on his face, he watched the man he admired for so long crumble before his eyes.

Then, making his words count, Cooper recalled a scary day when he was a young cop. “When I saw you, I knew I was going to be OK,” he said tearfully to his mentor. Slowly, Cudlitz let the walls down, unveiling a vulnerable side to his character that’s hardly ever glimpsed. “You are not going out like this old man. I’m not letting you,” he continued.

And it would be a shame if Southland went out without the consistently impressive Cudlitz getting some recognition, too.

HONORABLE MENTION| New Girl‘s Jake Johnson, who gave us a painful part of Nick’s backstory with his instant shift from loft clown to resigned family head following his father’s death. Every choice Johnson made in the episode – from haranguing Jess into writing a eulogy to grasping her hand in front of the crowd — was done with the weariness of someone who desperately doesn’t want the task he’s been handed but knows no one else will step up.

What to Watch This Weekend: Doctor Who and Game of Thrones Return, Orphan Black and More

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On TV this weekend: The TARDIS brings back Doctor Who, Orphan Black finds herself in the clone zone, The Bible closes, it’s a whole new Game of Thrones, Rick & Co. come to a Walking Dead stop and March Madness culls the Elite 8. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.


4:30 pm NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (CBS) | Syracuse vs. Marquette [“Let’s go, Orange!” says WTW editor Matt Mitovich], then Wichita State vs. Ohio State (at 7 pm)

7 pm The Carpenter’s Miracle (GMC) | Cameron Mathison (All My Children) stars in this made-for-TV movie about a woodworker whose touch miraculously brings a boy back from the dead – and who then must deal with the media frenzy that follows.

8 pm Doctor Who (BBC America) | Midseason premiere: The Doctor’s search for Clara brings him to London, where something dangerous lurks in the wi-fi, picking off and imprisoning minds. (That should make you feel better about not being able to get a signal, right?)

8 pm Too Cute! (Animal Planet) | Really, Too Cute!? It’s Easter weekend, and you’re going with a kitten-themed show? Talk about dropping the precious widdle cottontailed ball…

9 pm Orphan Black (BBC America) | Series premiere: Tatiana Maslany (Being Erica) stars as Sarah, an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically — and not necessarily for the better — after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Jordan Gavaris (Degrassi), Dylan Bruce (As the World Turns) and Maria Doyle Kennedy (Downton Abbey) co-star in the new series, created by Graeme Manson (Flashpoint) and John Fawcett (Spartacus).

10 pm The Nerdist (BBC America) | Season premiere: Doctor Who‘s Matt Smith, Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany and Lostie Dominic Monaghan kick off the second season with host Chris Hardwick.

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2 pm NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (CBS) | Michigan vs. Florida, then Louisville vs. Duke (at 5 pm)

7 pm It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (ABC) | The Peanuts gang bumbles through preparations for the spring holiday until the Easter Beagle arrives to show ‘em how it’s done. (Fun fact: Tonight’s showing is the special’s first on network television since 1982.)

8 pm The Bible (History) | Two-hour miniseries finale: As Mark Burnett’s religious epic comes to a close, the crowd clamors for Jesus’ death and He is crucified. And then… well, we don’t want to spoil you.

8 pm Call the Midwife (PBS) | Season 2 premiere: Nonnatus House celebrates Nurse Jenny Lee’s birthday, and Trixie and Sister Evangelina board a Swedish cargo ship to help the captain’s pregnant daughter.

9 pm Mr. Selfridge (PBS) | Two-hour miniseries premiere: Masterpiece Classic presents Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as Harry Gordon Selfridge, a slick American retail magnate who shows early 1900s Londoners how to shop. Frances O’Connor (Cashmere Mafia) and Samuel West (Van Helsing) co-star.

9 pm Game of Thrones (HBO) | Season 3 premiere: We pick up where last season left off: Jon’s about to meet the King Beyond the Wall, Tyrion wants a little thanks for holding King’s Landing during Blackwater, Daenerys (and her dragons) look to build an army, and Cersei isn’t quite sure where she fits in Joffrey’s life now that Margaery is around — but she’s sure she doesn’t like it.

9 pm The Walking Dead (AMC) | Season 3 finale: As the Governor’s impending attack looms over them, TWD_GP_316_1130_0099Rick and the group have to seriously consider if the prison is worth defending.  (And yes, already renewed.) On a related note, The Talking Dead also wraps its season at 10 pm.

9 pm The Good Wife (CBS) | Dylan Baker (Damages) returns when Alicia and Will learn that an impending Supreme Court ruling could result in Colin Sweeney being jailed for life.  Also, Diane reunites with Kurt McVeigh (returning guest star Gary Cole, Office Space) and Morena Baccarin (Homeland) reprises her role as Sweeney’s baby mama Isobel.

10 pm The Client List (Lifetime) | When Riley discovers that Derek’s been keeping a secret that jeopardizes The Rub, she — because she’s Riley — figures out a way to turn it into a business opportunity.

10:30 pm Californication (Showtime) | Hank and Faith join forces, Karen has an epiphany about Becca and Charlie gets tased again – in the head.

This Weeks Main Shows: 31st March – 6th April

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Sunday, March 31st 2013
07:00 pm
CBC Heartland (CA) Breaking Point (06×17)
08:00 pm
CBS The Amazing Race Be Safe and Don’t Hit a Cow: Leg #7 – Maun, Botswana, Southern Africa → TBA (22×07)
History The Bible Passion (01×09)
08:30 pm
Nick @ Nite See Dad Run See Dad As The Great and Powerful Hobbs (01×15)
09:00 pm
ABC Revenge Masquerade (02×18)
AMC The Walking Dead Welcome to the Tombs (03×16)
BBC 1 The Village Episode 1 (01×01)
CBC Republic of Doyle Retribution (04×09)
CBS The Good Wife The Wheels of Justice (04×19)
C4 Labyrinth (2013) Part 2 (01×02)
HBO Game of Thrones Valar Dohaeris (03×01)
History The Bible Courage (01×10)
Lifetime Army Wives Hearth And Home (07×04)
Showcase Lost Girl Adventures in Fae-bysitting (03×11)
Showtime Shameless (US) Order Room Service (03×11)
10:00 pm
ABC Red Widow The Captive (01×06)
AMC Talking Dead Season 2, Episode 16 (02×16)
BBC 3 In The Flesh Episode 3 (01×03)
History Vikings Raid (01×05)
Lifetime The Client List My Main Trial Is Yet To Come (02×04)
Showtime House of Lies Hostile Takeover (02×11)
10:30 pm
Showtime Californication The Abby (06×11)
Monday, April 1st 2013
08:00 pm
ABC Dancing With the Stars (US) Season 16, Episode 3 (16×04)
ABCF The Secret Life of the American Teenager Untying The Knot (05×15)
FOX Bones The Maiden in the Mushrooms (08×21)
NBC The Voice (US) The Blind Auditions (3) (04×03)
CW The Carrie Diaries A First Time for Everything (01×12)
08:30 pm
CityTV Seed Rebel Without Lamaze (01×09)
09:00 pm
FOX The Following Whips and Regret (01×11)
Global Bomb Girls Fifth Column (02×08)
ITV Broadchurch Episode 5 (01×05)
Syfy Being Human (US) Always A Bridesmaid, Never Alive (03×12)
TNT Dallas (2012) Let Me In (02×11)
10:00 pm
A&E Bates Motel What’s Wrong With Norman (01×03)
E! Burning Love Meet the Family & Mark’s BFF (01×06)
ITV2 Plebs The Erotic Vase (01×03)
NBC Revolution (2012) Ghosts (01×12)
TNT Monday Mornings Wheels Within Wheels (01×09)
10:01 pm
ABC Castle (2009) The Lives of Others (05×19)
Tuesday, April 2nd 2013
08:00 pm
ABC Dancing With the Stars (US) Season 16, Episode 3A (16×05)
NBC The Voice (US) The Blind Auditions (4) (04×04)
09:00 pm
CBC Cracked Night Terrors (01×11)
09:01 pm
NBC The New Normal Finding Name-O (01×21)
09:30 pm
FOX The Mindy Project My Cool Christian Boyfriend (01×19)
09:31 pm
NBC The New Normal The Big Day (01×22)
10:00 pm
ABC Body Of Proof Skin and Bones (03×07)
BBC 3 Bluestone 42 Episode 5 (01×05)
BBC 2 Heading Out Episode 6 (01×06)
BET The Game We Gotta Stop Meeting Like This (06×03)
CBS Golden Boy McKenzie on Fire (01×07)
C4 Shameless Series 11, Episode 6 (11×06)
Comedy Central Tosh.0 TBA (05×09)
FX Justified Ghosts (04×13)
NBC Smash The Parents (02×09)
TBS Cougar Town The Criminal Mind (04×13)
10:30 pm
BET Let’s Stay Together Hot Junk (03×02)
Wednesday, April 3rd 2013
08:00 pm
ABC The Middle The Bachelor (04×19)
CBC Mr. D Culture Day (02×11)
CBS Survivor TBA (26×08)
CW Arrow Unfinished Business (01×19)
08:30 pm
ABC Suburgatory Decemberfold (02×19)
Ten Mr & Mrs Murder Thoroughly Dead Thoroughbred (01×07)
09:00 pm
ABC Modern Family The Future Dunphys (04×19)
AUDIENCE Network Rogue The Aquarium (01×01)
CBC Arctic Air Blood Is Thicker Than Water (02×11)
CBS Criminal Minds Restoration (08×18)
ITV Scott and Bailey Series 3, Episode 1 (03×01)
NBC Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Born Psychopath (14×19)
CW Supernatural Taxi Driver (08×19)
09:30 pm
ABC How to Live With Your Parents Pilot (01×01)
10:00 pm
A&E Duck Dynasty Bass Man Standing (03×10)
ABC Nashville (2012) I Saw The Light (01×16)
AUDIENCE Network Rogue Fireball (01×02)
CBS CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sheltered (13×18)
C4 The Mimic Episode 4 (01×04)
FX The Americans (2013) Safe House (01×09)
NBC Chicago Fire Ambition (01×20)
TNT Southland The Felix Paradox (05×08)
USA Psych Cirque du Soul (07×06)
Thursday, April 4th 2013
08:00 pm
CBS The Big Bang Theory The Tenure Turbulence (06×20)
FOX Cops TBA (25×15)
NBC Community Herstory of Dance (04×08)
08:30 pm
CBS Two and a Half Men Bazinga! That’s From A TV Show (10×20)
FOX Cops TBA (25×16)
NBC Parks and Recreation Partridge (05×17)
09:00 pm
ABC Grey’s Anatomy She’s Killing Me (09×20)
BBC 1 Prisoners’ Wives Series 2, Episode 4 (02×04)
CBS Person of Interest Trojan Horse (02×19)
FOX New Girl First Date (02×21)
NBC The Office (US) Promos (09×18)
09:30 pm
FOX The Mindy Project Pretty Man (01×20)
FX Anger Management Charlie Dates Crazy, Sexy, Angry (02×11)
NBC Go On Fast Breakup (01×21)
10:00 pm
ABC Scandal Molly, You in Danger, Girl (02×18)
CBS Elementary Snow Angels (01×19)
CTV Motive Framed (01×09)
FX Archer (2009) Sea Tunt (1) (04×12)
NBC Hannibal Apéritif (01×01)
TBS Men at Work Season 2, Episode 1 (02×01)
Friday, April 5th 2013
08:00 pm
ABC Happy Endings The Incident (03×16)
CW Nikita Tipping Point (03×16)
08:30 pm
ABC Happy Endings Bros Before Bros (03×17)
ABC1 The Doctor Blake Mysteries Someone’s Son, Someone’s Daughter (01×10)
09:00 pm
CBS Vegas Little Fish (01×16)
FOX Touch Two Of A Kind (02×10)
NBC Grimm One Angry Fuchsbau (02×17)
Starz Spartacus: War of the Damned The Dead and the Dying (03×09)
CW Cult Suffer the Children (01×07)
10:00 pm
CBS Blue Bloods Loss of Faith (03×19)
10:30 pm
MuchMusic Degrassi Zombie (2) (12×38)
Saturday, April 6th 2013
06:15 pm
BBC 1 Doctor Who (2005) The Rings of Akhaten (07×07)
07:00 pm
BBC 1 The Voice (UK) Blind Auditions 2 (02×02)
09:00 pm
NBC Smash The Surprise Party (02×10)
09:20 pm
BBC 1 Casualty Hidden (27×30)
11:30 pm
NBC Saturday Night Live Melissa Mccarthy / Phoenix (38×17)

New Shows This Week: 31st March – 6th April

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The Village

Classification: Scripted
Genre: Family
Status: New Series
Network: BBC One ( United Kingdom)
Airs: Sundays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: March 31, 2013
Episode Order: 6

The Village is a drama series which follows the life and turbulent times of an English village over the past century, as seen through the eyes of one resident as he lives from childhood to old age.
The series follows the years between 1914 and 1920. Twelve-year-old Bert Middleton spends his days working on the family farm, school and enjoying secret swimming lessons from his brother Joe. The Middleton family though are living in poverty and dad John, has turned to drink. His mum Grace, has made many sacrifices in her efforts to hold the family together and put food on the table.

The Other Pompeii: Life and Death In The Herculaneum
Classification: Documentary
Genre: History | Lifestyle
Status: New Series
Network: BBC TWO ( United Kingdom)
Airs: Mondays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: April 01, 2013
The show takes a look at the Roman town of Pompeii destroyed by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD.

Classification: Mini-Series
Genre: Drama | History
Status: New Series
Network: Channel 4 ( United Kingdom)
Airs: Saturdays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 120 Minutes
Premiere: March 30, 2013
Ended: March 31, 2013
Episode Order: 2
PhD graduate Alice Tanner and 17-year-old Alais Pelletier from 13th-century Carcassonne experience an adventure that ends up intertwining both their lives. Separated by time but united together by a common destiny, Alice inherits a house in the south of France from an unknown aunt and suffers with dreams of a woman from the past. She discovera an archaeological discovery that will end up bearing witness to a genocide committed 800 years earlier on European soil, which will also lead her to the secrets of the Holy Grail.


Classification: Scripted
Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
Status: New Series
Network: AUDIENCE Network ( USA)
Airs: Wednesdays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: April 03, 2013
Episode Order: 10
Rogue revolves around a morally and emotionally-conflicted undercover detective who is tormented by the possibility that her own actions contributed to her son’s death. Her search for the truth is further complicated by her forbidden relationship with the crime boss who may have played a hand in the crime.
Exploring loss, grief, identity, family bonds, second chances and redemption through characters that not only struggle with who they are, but with who they want to be.

How To Live With Your Parents
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy
Status: New Series
Network: ABC ( USA)
Airs: Wednesdays at 09:30 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: April 03, 2013
Episode Order: 13
How to Live centers on a recently divorced, single mom who moves back in with her eccentric parents who have no boundaries. Accidentally on Purpose’s Claudia Lonow created the project and will serve as executive producer alongside Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo.

Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama | Thriller
Status: New Series
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Thursdays at 10:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: April 04, 2013
Episode Order: 13
The series will feature the characters known from Thomas Harris’ novel “Red Dragon” – FBI Agent Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who were portrayed by Edward Norton and Anthony Hopkins, respectively, in the movie version of “Red Dragon.”

The straight-to-series order means that the program will not be run through the pilot season gamut, as most shows are. This will actually be the third incarnation of Harris’ “Red Dragon” novel. The original was a movie made in 1986 titled “Manhunter,” which featured “CSI’s” William Petersen as Agent Graham and “Deadwood’s” Brian Cox as Dr. Lecter.

Today’s Shows: Saturday, March 30th 2013

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Is the Mother Dead? Did Revolution’s Power-Up Lack Pop? Arrow Hits Funny Bone? And More Qs

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We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including How I Met Your Mother, Revolution, The Voice and New Girl!

1 | Which Grimm visual made you gag harder: The Sandman’s incredibly gross tongue or his spooned-out fly eyeball?

2 | Who did “Zou Bisou Bisou” better: Mad Men‘s Megan or Degrassi‘s Zig?

3 | Do any Revenge viewers actually care what happens to Padma? (Bueller…?) And were we alone in thinking Jack hadn’t bought the story about Kenny Ryan’s boat?

4 | Who’s having a hard time buying that The Walking Dead‘s Rick would’ve seriously considered handing Michonne over to the Governor?

5 | Any Good Wife fans think it odd that Alicia seemed to begrudgingly take that call from Grace during her emotional chat with Will at the precinct — the same daughter that just minutes earlier she feared was being targeted by a killer?

Popular TV Shows 20136 | So, with regards to The Voice‘s judges: Christina who? And Cee Lo who? Given Shakira and Usher’s instant — and very charming — chemistry with Adam and Blake, what are the odds that the former panelists actually don’t return when their “other commitments” are finished?

7 | Are you getting the feeling that the final words of How I Met Your Mother‘s May 2014 series finale might be, “Now let’s get dressed for her funeral, kids”?

8 | Burning Dancing With the Stars question: WTF happened to Ingo Rademacher’s Aussie accent?!

9 | Carrie Diaries fans, are you loving Walt’s thoughtful coming out arc as much as we are?

10 | Did The Following‘s Claire lose any of your sympathy when she willingly went with Joe’s people, for a second time? Also, what happened to Ryan’s alcoholism? And did Jacob’s hallucinations give you hope that we’ll see Paul (in some form) for the duration of the season?

11 | Shouldn’t Revolution‘s rebels — and that includes Charlie and Danny,Revolution - Season 1 who were but ankle-biters when the power went out 15 years ago — have expressed a bit more shock and awe to see a big ol’ mechanical helicopter in action?

12 | In Sundance’s riveting Top of the Lake, isn’t Elisabeth Moss giving off a very strong Gillian Anderson vibe?

13 | Are Mike Vogel and Nestor Carbonell’s Bates Motel cops in on whatever is going down in that creepy picture book Norman found?

14 | For a second there, did you think NCIS: LA‘s “Red” trucks would unfold/transform into Optimus Prime?

Popular TV Shows 201315 | Did you experience a slight Mags Bennett flashback when New Girl guest Margo Martindale stepped into that church aisle and started channeling Elvis? And are you bummed that Dennis Farina’s legacy on the show will now, regrettably, be contained to an episode revolving around horse semen?

16 | Whodathunk that Justified‘s li’l ol’ Ellen May would play such a pivotal role in Season 4? And that unsettling rocking chair business aside, how nice was it to see Winona back before the imminent finale?

17 | On Smash, didn’t Karen’s slight gasp at finding Jimmy, not Derek, at her door render their fast-and-furious end-of-episode makeout session slightly menacing/awkward? And does Karen’s blind buzz-up mean she’d have hooked up with whichever fella got past her doorway first? Finally, two seasons’ worth of Karen-Derek sexual tension is going to pay off before the season finale, right?

18 | Was anything funnier this week on a drama series than Arrow‘s Felicity doing her “Grr, stop being bad or I’ll arrow you!” interpretation of the boss man’s shtick? And is watching Alex Kingston not speak in her British accent one of the strangest things?

19 | Given American Idol‘s record-low ratings and the pointlessness of her interminable critiques, is Mariah Carey worth even a quarter of her eight-figure paycheck? Wouldn’t the producers be wiser to use some of her salary to clear new and Popular TV Shows 2013fresher songs going forward?

20 | Um, what do you call Scarlett’s strange lingerie/pajamas on Nashville — a bralet with slip skirt? And could it be more obvious that Juliette and her ma’s sober coach will hook up?

21 | Richard Simmons’ General Hospital return: terrific or train wreck?

22 | On Vampire Diaries, how many hundreds of years does it take to get over an ex? Never?

23 | Would a kiss from Scandal‘s Scott Foley have gotten you to stop thinking about Tony Goldwyn?

24 | Has Project Runway‘s Layana — with her inflated sense of how good she is, constant put-downs and taking credit for Daniel’s design when things didn’t go her way — stealthily become one of the most unlikable contestants in the show’s history?

25 | If Sofia Vergara fails to score a fourth straight Emmy nod this year, can we blame her performance in those diet cola commercials?

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