Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV
Who needs sleep when you can watch 99 episodes of "Psych" (7 p.m. Saturday through 10 p.m. Wednesday, Cloo) nonstop? The marathon leads right into USA's premiere of the show's 100th tale, fittingly titled "100 Clues." Help decide how that hour ends at psych.usanetwork.com.
'THE REAL WORLD' AND NOTHING BUT
Jump into MTV's retro marathon of its trendsetting live-together docusoap. Revisit "The Real World: Las Vegas" (Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.), the 12th cycle with Steven, Trishelle, Alton and Irulan. (Get a taste afterward of the premiere "New York" run, 4:30-8 a.m. Sunday.) Then it's "The Real World: San Francisco" (8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday), the third season, when Puck got kicked out and Pedro battled HIV/AIDS. The whole thing sets the scene for MTV's newest crew in "The Real World: Portland" (10 p.m. Wednesday). Trailer at realworld.mtv.com.
Yes, indeed, "CHiPs" hunk Erik Estrada is astride a motorcycle again, 40 years later, and not to arrest some freeway speeder, either. In "Chupacabra vs. the Alamo" (9 p.m. Saturday, Syfy), he plays a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who cozies up to gangsters to battle a returning band of bloodsucking creatures, whose climactic attack comes at San Antonio's 19th century landmark. More at syfy.com/movies.
They're some of TV's longest-running shows. Saturday marks the 26th anniversary of the premiere of "The Bold and the Beautiful" (1:30 p.m. weekdays, CBS/2). But even bigger anniversaries are imminent. Tuesday makes it 40 years on air for "The Young and the Restless" (12:30 p.m. weekdays, CBS/2), whose cast celebrates on "The Talk" (2 p.m. Monday, CBS/2). April 1 is the 50th anniversary for "General Hospital" (2 p.m. weekdays, ABC/7), which gets a marathon Friday through March 31 on SOAPnet. Go online for a "B&B" live chat Friday at bit.ly/oeAn46, a multimedia "Y&R" look-back at cbs.com/yr40th and a half-century "GH" timeline at soapnet.com/gh.
This week's network bye-byes include "Whitney" (8 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, NBC/4), "The Neighbors" (8:30 p.m. Wednesday, ABC/7), "1600 Penn" (8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, NBC/4) and "Raising Hope" (9 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Fox/5). Unscripted send-offs include "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" (7-9 p.m. Sunday, after a 4-7 p.m. catch-up, Bravo), "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" (7-9 p.m. Monday, after 6 a.m.-7 p.m. catch-up, Bravo) and "The Ultimate Soldier Challenge" (10 p.m. Tuesday, after 1-5 p.m. catch-up, History).
Leading up to next Saturday's return of "Doctor Who" and the debut of "Orphan Black," BBC America devotes this week to mind-bending dramas, starting with "Primeval" (8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday). Other marathons include "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (8 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday), "Torchwood" (Tuesday 11 p.m.-Wednesday 6 a.m., Wednesday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.), "Battlestar Galactica" (Wednesday 8 p.m.-Thursday 6 a.m., Thursday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.) and "Doctor Who" (Friday 2-6 a.m., 8 a.m.-8 p.m., all on BBC America). More at bbcamerica.com.