'Back to the Future' times 3 on Encore
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BIG-MONEY TRIPLE FEATURES We might be talking in the billions here. Hit film series from the '80s and '90s run three consecutive Saturdays, starting with the trio from "Back to the Future" (today 2:10-8 p.m., Encore). Next Saturday, Encore has three visits to "Jurassic Park," with a triple dose of "Lethal Weapon" on May 18. More at starz.com/channels/encore.
WHAT'S WRONG WITH NORMAN? That's only one of the five episodes encoring in a mini-marathon of the hot new "Psycho" prequel "Bates Motel" (Saturday night 7-midnight, A&E). The next fresh episode airs Monday at 10 p.m., leading toward season 1 finale May 20. Cast and crew talk about the show (already renewed) in a May 10 panel live-streamed from the Beverly Hills outpost of the Paley Center. "The Shield" creator Shawn Ryan moderates Friday night at 10 at paleycenter.org/live.
SEASON-ENDERS Lots of finales this weekend, including "Cops" (Saturday night 8-9, Fox/5), "The Amazing Race" (Sunday 8-10 p.m., CBS/2), "The Mentalist" (Sunday 10 p.m., CBS/2) and "Red Widow" (Sunday at 10 p.m., ABC/7). Next comes "Hart of Dixie" (Tuesday at 8 p.m., CW/11).
MOVIE MUSICALS Golden-era Hollywood song-and-dance has a big weekend on Turner Classic Movies, starting with tonight's Depression-era gems from kaleidoscopic choreographer Busby Berkeley -- babe-laden "Gold Diggers of 1933" (8 p.m.), James Cagney's "Footlight Parade" (10 p.m.) and the original "42nd Street" (midnight). Sunday's lineup steps into the '60s with Mel Brooks' original "The Producers" (1:30 p.m.), Dick Van Dyke in "Bye Bye Birdie" (3:15 p.m.), and Barbra Streisand's "Hello, Dolly!" (5:15 p.m.) and "Funny Girl" (9:45 p.m.). Bonus! Watch musical numbers and nothing but in MGM's 1974 best-of compilation blockbuster "That's Entertainment!" (Monday at 11:45 p.m., TCM). All things vintage Hollywood at tcm.com.
KITTIES, EATS AND SNOW SPORTS Among this week's newbies from the animal/competition/docusoap worlds: "America's Cutest Cat" (Saturday night at 9, Animal Planet), "Iron Chef America: Tournament of Champions" (tomorrow at 10 p.m., Food), the trophy fish fun of "Reel Rivals" (Tuesday at 8 p.m., Weather) and the building of winter extreme sports venues in "Mountain Movers" (Thursday at 8 p.m., NatGeo). Meet the chef-testants at foodnetwork.com/ironchef.
CESAR DE MAYO Nope, not a typo. That is, indeed, the Cinco de Mayo celebration Sunday on NatGeo Wild, going wild with Cesar Millan's "The Dog Whisperer" (Sunday noon-3 a.m.). Among his stops are those featuring comic Paul Rodriguez, a batch of Playboy Playmates, trainer Jillian Michaels and "Boss" star Kelsey Grammer. More at natgeowild.com/dogwhisperer.
LOVE AND MARRIAGE They take on new meanings this week in a pair of unscripted premieres. "Newlyweds: The First Year" (Monday at 10 p.m., Bravo) follows four couples, including one from Long Island, through the initial stages of wedlock, while "Polygamy USA" (Tuesday at 9 p.m., NatGeo) eyes plural marriage among a rebel religious sect in Arizona. Preview at natgeotv.com/polygamyusa.
MOMS SAY THE DARNEDEST THINGS Comic Andrea Rosen headlines the new docucomedy "Take Me to Your Mother" (Monday-Friday at 10 p.m., NickMom block on Nick Jr.), as she travels the country seeking advice from everyday moms about raising great kids. First stop: the Bronx. More mothering at nickmom.com.