Off the Wall: Pilot episodes of your faves
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Off the Wall often views life itself as a kind of cartoon.
BACK TO THE BEGINNING. Relive favorite dramas from the first episode. Marathons start with the pilots of "Dead Like Me" (Saturday 8 a.m.-Sunday 6 a.m., Chiller), "Burn Notice" (Sunday 1 p.m.- Monday 5 a.m., Cloo), "House" (Sunday 8 p.m.- midnight, ion/31), "Heroes" (Tuesday 8 p.m.-midnight, G4), "NCIS" (Thursday 4-11 p.m., USA) and "Threshold" (Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Chiller).
ANIMATION BONANZA. We're playing catch-up to some of the shows, but this morning marks the debut of "Ben 10 Omniverse" (9 a.m., Cartoon), a big global launch with a huge online component of games, blogs and free downloads. Other recent arrivals: "Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja" (Sunday at 8:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday at 7 p.m., Disney XD) and "Dragons: Rides of Berk" (Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Cartoon). Plus, a new season of Adult Swim's "Robot Chicken" (Sunday night at midnight, Cartoon), continuing with this weekend's "Crushed by a Steamroller on My 53rd Birthday." All things Ben at cartoonnetwork.com/tv _shows/ben10.
AWARDS ALERT. It's not just Emmy weekend. It's also time for the "PRISM Awards" (Saturday night at 7, Reelz), honoring sharp portrayals of substance abuse, mental illness and recovery, with Dr. Drew Pinsky saluting this year's winners. Stick around for Emmys Round 1, which is a two-hour edit of last weekend's "Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards" (Saturday night 8-10, Reelz), where crafts/crew winners included "Homeland," "Girls," "The Walking Dead," "American Horror Story," "Justified," and multiple winners "Hatfields & McCoys," "Boardwalk Empire" and "Game of Thrones." Rev up to the Emmys' really big show with "Live From the Red Carpet" (Sunday 6-8 p.m., E!, and 7-8 p.m., ABC/7), before Jimmy Kimmel hosts "The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards" (Sunday 8-11 p.m., ABC/7). Nominees at tinyurl.com/8dr4n2o.
WHEN MINISERIES WERE MAXI. Television spared no effort, expense or time in the epic era of James Clavell's "Shogun" (Sunday 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Encore). Richard Chamberlain stars in this 1980 sensation with Japanese movie giant Toshiro Mifune, the fine Yoko Shimada and a sprawling cast that otherwise includes soon-to-be Indiana Jones pal John Rhys-Davies. Not to be missed! Next up: another run of Ken Follett's "The Pillars of the Earth" (Monday-Thursday at 8 p.m., Encore). Previews at starz.com.
YOM KIPPUR ON FILM. Atonement is part of Monday night's festival spotlighting Jewish themes -- 1981's "The Chosen" (8 p.m.), 1959's "The Diary of Anne Frank" (10 p.m.) and 1971's Broadway musical "Fiddler on the Roof" (1:15 a.m., all on Turner Classic Movies). More at tcm.com.
SILLY STUFF. Big week on Comedy Central. "Tosh.0" (Tuesday at 10 p.m.) returns to rip the Web, followed by Daniel Tosh's new animated national-park comedy "Brickleberry" (Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.). Then, two topical faves reappear right when we need them -- perennial fave "South Park" (Wednesday at 10 p.m.) and smart sketchcom "Key & Peele" (Wednesday at 10:30 p.m., all on Comedy Central). Clips at comedycentral.com/shows.