Diane Werts Newsday columnist Diane Werts

Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV Plus for three years, as well as the paper's entertainment editor. Show More

Off the Wall thinks tricks are treats.


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Catherine Bell is "The Good Witch" (Saturday starting at 11 a.m.) in five straight Cassie Nightingale films, followed by the premiere of "The Good Witch's Destiny" (9 p.m., all on Hallmark). Catch up to the new Fox fave "Sleepy Hollow" (Saturday 1-6 p.m., FX) with this cable encore of all episodes aired so far. Then, flash back to the silly '60s with 27 hours of "Bewitched" (starts Tuesday night at midnight, Antenna TV), followed by 24 horrific hours of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (starts early Thursday 3 a.m., Antenna TV/11.2). Episode schedules at antennatv.tv.

'SPARTACUS' COMPLETE Starz's graphic actioner runs again from start, with the late Andy Whitfield, to finish, with Liam McIntyre. Kicking things off: "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" (Saturday night 10:05 p.m.-1:10 a.m., Starz), with three episodes weekly, hosted by McIntyre and featuring extras added from Blu-ray. More at starz.com/spartacus.

IT COULD HAPPEN! Speculative fiction -- that's what they call movies like "American Blackout" (Sunday at 9 p.m., NatGeo). It tries a sort of "Blair Witch" trick with "usergenerated" video of a 10-day blackout caused by a cyber-attack. Get prepped at survivetheblackout.com.

OPRAH GOES GAY In her OWN cable program slate, we mean. Sunday night's study of being gay in America starts with Winfrey's "Oprah's Next Chapter" (9 p.m.), talking with Hollywood's openly out Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Bucatinsky and Wanda Sykes. Then, it's "Bridegroom" (10 p.m.-midnight), an acclaimed documentary from Linda Bloodworth Thomason ("Designing Women") about two young men whose relationship suffers a double tragedy when one dies and the other has no legal standing. Video at oprah.com/bridegroom.

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LOCAL ANGLES After superstorm Sandy hit, "Bar Rescue" (Sunday at 10 p.m., Spike) arrived to help the Bungalow Bar and Grill in Rockaway Beach. Then, it's murderers named Mary in the special "Bloody Marys" (Thursday night at midnight, ID), including Baldwin's Depression-era poisoner Mary Frances Creighton. See 'em raise the bar at barrescue.spike.com.