WASHINGTON, October 20, 2012 – Weekends this time of year involve two sports: football and NASCAR.
I am going to spend part of the weekend soaking in the crisp, clean air and beautiful fall color while it is still showing off. Winter and cabin fever are just around the corner.
But for those happy in the Barcolounger, college football on Saturday starts at 12 noon Eastern and all the major networks air games. Each region will air its own teams, so refer to local programming to find the game of choice.
If you are not a college football fan, perhaps NASCAR is the sport that keeps your feet up and the chip bowl in arms’ reach. At 3 p.m. Eastern you can catch the Kansas Lottery 300 in the Nationwide Series from the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas on ESPN. Driver Elliot Sadler is ahead in standings with four races to go.
If you don’t watch football or NASCAR, there is still a good selection of movies on Saturday afternoon.
Highlights for Saturday Oct. 20th evening television
8 p.m.: College football, a canceled sitcom, and reruns for this hour.
ABC: College football: Check local listings
CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: In this repeat episode the team searches for a hijacked medivac helicopter.
FOX: College football: Kansas State at West Virginia (Starts at 7:00PM)
NBC: Animal Practice: This is a repeat episode, and apparently just a filler, because the show has been canceled. Its last air date is Nov. 7th so catch it while you can.
NBC: Go On: This new show features Mathew Perry as a sportscaster and recent widower who reluctantly joins a support group. This show has already earned a full season pickup.
9 p.m.: Even more reruns
CBS: Person of Interest: In this repeat episode Reese, (Jim Caviezel) goes undercover with an armored-truck crew.
NBC: Chicago Fire: In this repeat episode Severide, (Taylor Kinney) is still consumed with guilt over Andy Darden’s death.
10 p.m. on NBC: Law and Order: Special Victims Unit: In this repeat episode a sex-trafficking ring and terrorism keeps the detectives busy.
11:30 p.m. on NBC: Saturday Night Live, with guest host and musical performer Bruno Mars.
New episode of Legends Of Alaska on The Travel Channel at 7:00PM. This new episode explores Alaska, the home of the most reports of disappearances in the country.
The History Channel re-airs The Men Who Built America at 9:00PM: A New War Begins. Out of the turmoil of the Civil War, America enters an age of enlightenment.
A new episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories at 9 p.m. on Bio
For movie lovers:
Dazed and Confused on Encore at 8 p.m.
Eat, Pray, Love on USA at 8 p.m.
Unstoppable on HBO at 9 p.m.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at 9 p.m. on FMC
National Lampoon’s Animal House at 9:45 p.m. on Encore
For further consideration: Austin City Limits at 9 p.m. on PBS. Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples perform.
Highlights for Sunday, Oct.21st
All the major networks will be showing NFL football games starting at 1 p.m. Check local listings for games.
ESPN: at 2 p.m.: For NASCAR fans: Sprint Cup in Kansas City, Kan.
Highlights for Sunday, Oct. 21st evening television
7 p.m.: In this hour: NFL wrap up for the week, and the marijuana industry in Colorado.
NBC: Football Night in America: A weekly recap of NFL action and a preview to the Sunday night game to follow.
8 p.m.: Fairy tales, football, and rat catching for this hour of viewing.
ABC: Once Upon a Time: The series takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, in which the residents are actually characters from various fairy tales. A fed up Belle (Emilie de Raven) threatens to leave Mr. Gold, (Robert Carlyle) then she encounters someone from her past.
FOX: The Simpsons: In this new episode an auto accident sends Marge car shopping while Bart and his friends are trying to figure out why Lisa is leaving school early.
ESPN: WNBA Finals: Game 4: Minnesota at Indiana (If necessary)
NBC: Sunday Night Football: Steelers at Bengals
CBS: Amazing Race: The race continues in Dhaka, Bangladesh where one team collects rats in the city.
FOX: Bob’s Burgers: In this new episode, worried his kids are not enjoying their summer because he’s making them work in the restaurant he fires them. They soon become bored and take jobs as “weed pickers” for a pair of hippie farmers.
9 p.m.: In this hour, some top notch dramatic series.
ABC: Revenge: Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) comes to the Hamptons for the summer, renting a home next to the Grayson family to enjoy a bright summer. However, it is revealed that Emily has been to the Hamptons before as a little girl.
In reality, Emily is Amanda Clarke, whose father was framed for a crime he didn’t commit and sent to prison for life. Now, she’s returned to the Hamptons, intent on getting revenge against those who wronged her and her father, the top of that list being Victoria Grayson (Madeline Stowe), matriarch of the Grayson family and the woman whom her father loved and who, in the end, betrayed him.
In this new episode Amanda ends up in trouble because of the Graysons. Meanwhile, surprises await both Emily and Aiden; and Daniel (Josh Bowman) gets fed up with being manipulated.
Fox: Family Guy: In this new episode, when Brian learns that Carter Pewterschmidt’s drug company has developed a cure for cancer but is keeping it from the public to maximize profits, he and Stewie attempt to expose Carter.
Showtime: Dexter: The series centers on Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), a blood splatter pattern analyst for the fictional Miami Metro Police Department who moonlights as a serial killer. In this new episode, despite apprehending a killer, problems plague Miami Metro and Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) feels the brunt of it.
HBO: Boardwalk Empire: Boardwalk Empire is a period drama focusing on Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s.In this new episode Nucky (Steve Buscemi) finds himself in a pickle in Washington, D.C., thanks to Harry Daugherty.
CBS: The Good Wife: The series focuses on Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), whose husband Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), a former Cook County state’s attorney, has been jailed following a very public sex and corruption scandal. Alicia returns to her old job as a litigator (after taking 12 years out to be a stay-at-home mother) to provide for her two children. In this new episode, Alicia and Diane (Christine Baranski) are forced to constantly rethink their strategy when an opposing lawyer keeps changing tactics.
FOX: American Dad: In this new episode, with Stan spending so much time at the CIA hangout, Francine worries they are drifting apart.
10 p.m.: Testing loyalties, international espionage, and gang wars in this hour.
ABC: 666 Park Avenue: The series follows a couple who learns that the Manhattan apartment building that they just moved into, including its upscale tenants, might be possessed by a mysterious demonic force. In this new episode Henry (Dave Annable) learns that Gavin (Terry O’Quinn) is under investigation for questionable real-estate transactions and must choose between loyalty to his boss or his friendship with Gavin.
Showtime: Homeland: The series stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a CIA officer, and Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, a US Marine. Mathison has come to believe that Brody, who was held captive by Al-Quaeda as a prisoner of war, was turned by the enemy and now threatens the United States. In this new episode Estes (David Harewood) green-lights a covert mission and picks his own trusted operative to lead it while Brody is shocked to run into Carrie at Langley.
CBS: The Mentalist: The show follows former “psychic” Patrick Jane (Simon Baker), who is now a consultant to the fictional California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), using the highly developed observational skills he previously employed to “read” peoples’ minds. In this new episode the team investigates a small town’s possible gang war.
New episodes: The Walking Dead at 9 p.m. on AMC.
New episodes: American Pickers at 9 p.m. on The History Channel.
New episodes: Making Monsters at 9 p.m. on The Travel Channel.
New episodes: Long Island Medium at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on TLC.
New episodes: The Real Housewives of New Jersey at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.
New episodes: Outback Hunters at 10 p.m. on The History Channel.
For movie lovers:
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind at 8 p.m. on FLIX
Cowboys and Aliens at 8 p.m. on HBO
Shooter at 8 p.m. on TBS
J. Edgar at 9 p.m. on HBO
Edward Scissorhands at 10 p.m. on ABCFAM
The Perfect Storm at 10 p.m. on Sundance
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