WASHINGTON, March 31, 2013―Who knew that five weeks ago when History Channel aired episode one of “The Bible,” it would be popular enough to keep up with “The Walking Dead” in the ratings race? With the last episode of each airing tonight, the race is dead even with “The Bible” winning two nights and “The Walking Dead” matching it with two nights at the top of the weekly cable ratings.
The ending of the “The Bible” is no mystery, but a new telling of The Resurrection on Easter Sunday certainly has its share of symmetry. Each episode of this epic mini-series has improved. With the last episode depicting something so familiar and beloved, expect “The Bible” to deliver to its 10 million plus fan base.
On the other hand, “The Walking Dead” season ending episode is anything but predictable.
Andrew Lincoln, who plays “Rick,” has already revealed in a “Rolling Stone” interview that 27 people will die in tonight’s battle.
Merle would have been a natural to kill off tonight, given his propensity for evil. But last week, just as he was starting to show a speck of humanity, Merle died at the hands of the governor. That leaves a lot of slots to fill to reach the predicted body count of 27.
We can assume the majority will be nameless faces of Woodbury’s population, but the show’s writers are notorious for killing off key players. Daryl, Rick and Carl are probably the safest in terms of making it through the season finale. But beyond that, no character is safe from elimination. If the opinions of fans have any weight with the writers of “The Walking Dead,” look for the governor and Andrea to meet their maker tonight. A scenario that includes the two killing each other would certainly sweeten their exit for viewers.
The fact that most of season three has been about conflict among the living rather than slaying dead walkers is a bit depressing. The show’s portrayal of what will happen when society breaks down is anything but uplifting. Will survivors of a real Earth shattering calamity spend what time they have left killing each other off rather than banding together?
It may not be a formula that provokes hope, but it sure makes for compelling TV. For hope, watching the last episode of “The Bible” is the best bet. But strictly for entertainment value, “The Walking Dead” finishes the race in first place. Either choice is a winner, so pick one to watch and record the other. What a pleasant dilemma.
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All times are EST:
CBS: 60 Minutes: (New) Damning testimony from a crucial witness and modern methods of investigating arson present new evidence that could free a man in prison after nearly 42 years.
NBC: The Voice: (Repeat) The blind auditions kick off in the Season 4 opener. Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton are the season’s coaches.
ABC: Once Upon a Time: (Repeat) Hook and Cora face off with Emma and Mary Margaret in a race for the compass; Mr. Gold and Regina plan to kill anyone who enters the portal.
CBS: Amazing Race 22: (New) The race continues in Botswana.
FOX: The Simpsons: (Repeat) With the end of the world looming, Homer decides to join an off-the-grid group of survivalists who’ve set up a secret sanctuary outside of Springfield to prep for the apocalypse. However, a skeptical Marge is suspicious of the plans.
History Channel: The Bible: (New) Peter denies Jesus and Judas hangs himself; the crowd clamors for Jesus’s death; Jesus is crucified, but when Mary Magdalene goes to his tomb, a figure walks towards her–he is back; Jesus commissions the disciples to “go and preach to all creation,” but their godly mission meets with hatred and even death; Paul has a vision and experiences a miraculous change of faith on a journey to Damascus; John receives a revelation–Jesus is coming back, and all who keep the faith will be rewarded.
FOX: Bob’s Burgers: (New) The new health inspector proves to be a decent fellow, until he blackmails Bob into being allowed to perform his atrocious music at the restaurant, which drives away the customers.
ABC: Revenge: (New) Emily decides to bring Victoria’s skeletons out of the closet during the Graysons’ masquerade ball; Jack finds a surprising ally to help with his revenge plan; Aiden’s actions yield gruesome results.
CBS: The Good Wife: (New) Alicia and Will go to trial unprepared when they learn that an impending Supreme Court ruling could result in Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker) being jailed for life. Also, Diane reunites with Kurt McVeigh (Gary Cole) but is forced to reevaluate the relationship.
FOX: Family Guy: (New) Phyllis Diller provides the voice of Peter’s mother, who shows up and announces that she’s leaving his father. Soon she’s in bed with Quahog anchorman Tom Tucker, who becomes a father figure to Peter.
NBC: The Voice: (Repeat) The blind auditions continue.
AMC: The Walking Dead: (New) With the Governor’s attack looming, Rick and his people need to determine if the prison is worth defending.
HBO: Game of Thrones: (New) In the Season 3 premiere, Jon meets Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall, as the rest of the Night’s Watch survivors move south. Meanwhile, in King’s Landing, Tyrion wants his reward, Cersei hosts a royal dinner and Littlefinger makes Sansa an offer she may not be able to refuse; and across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys travels to Slaver’s Bay in search of a ship and new alliances.
SHOWTIME: Shameless: (New) Lip tries to distance himself from Mandy, and Fiona takes the kids on a camping trip with her new work friends.
FOX: American Dad: (Repeat) While on a tropical vacation getaway with the family, Stan gets an assignment to kill the hotel’s activities director, who, according to the CIA, is an ex-war criminal.
ABC: Red Widow: (New) Marta fears the worst when Natalie goes missing, and turns to Schiller for help; Irwin tries to comfort Andrei’s girlfriend.
CBS: The Mentalist: (Repeat) In the fifth-season opener, Jane tries to uncover Lorelei’s link to Red John. Meanwhile, the CBI team up with the FBI to investigate a hotel employee’s homicide.
NBC: The Celebrity Apprentice: (New) The all-stars are tasked with creating and selling 3D art. The Blue Man Group guest stars.
SHOWTIME: House of Lies: (New) Clyde sees his star meter rising when the Dushkin twins turn to him to extend their brand, and Marty learns privileged information about Tamara.
SHOWTIME: Californication: (New) Hank and Faith join forces to track down Atticus, and Karen has an epiphany about Becca.
New episodes of:
Wicked Tuna: Hooked Up at 8 p.m. on NGC
Trip Flip at 8 p.m. on Travel Channel
Cupcake Wars at 8 p.m. on Food Channel
The Real Housewives of Atlanta at 8 p.m. on BRAVO
Finding Bigfoot: Untold Stories at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet
Kourtney and Kim Take Miami at 9 p.m. on MTV
Worst Cooks in America at 9 p.m. on Food Channel
Army Wives at 9 p.m. on LIFE
Wicked Tuna at 9 p.m. on NGC
My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding at 9 p.m. on TLC
Finding Bigfoot at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet
Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
Vikings at 10 p.m. on History Channel
Mudcats at 10 p.m. on NGC
Bar Rescue at 10 p.m. on SPIKE
Storage Hunters at 10 p.m. on truTV
Mob Wives at 10 p.m. on VH1
Welcome to Myrtle Manor at 10 p.m. on TLC
Talking Dead at 10:05 p.m. on AMC
For movie lovers:
Major Payne on ENC
The School of Rock on FLIX
The Twilight Saga: New Moon on FMC
Megamind on FX
Game Change on HBO
Pope Joan on REELZ
Van Helsing on STARZ
Casino Royale on Syfy
The Robe on TCM
Timeline on TMC
The Bourne Ultimatum on TNT
Beauty and the Beast on ABCFAM
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on HBO
Brokeback Mountain at 9:05 p.m. on SHO
Bad Teacher at 9:40 p.m. on ENC
The Rundown at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX
Mr. Wrong at 10 p.m. on FLIX
Bend it Like Beckham at 10 p.m. on SUND
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