'Downton Abbey,' 'Girls' reruns and more weekend TV
Diane WertsDiane Werts
Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was
MARATHON MANIA Revisit "Downton Abbey" (Saturday noon-10:30 p.m., WLIW/21) with Saturday afternoon's Season 3 stackup. Catch up with Season 2 of Lena Dunham's "Girls" (Sunday 4:30-9 p.m., HBO Zone) right before Sunday night's 9 p.m. season finale. Set the DVR to grab the entire bioseries "Monty Python: Almost the Truth" (Tuesday 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m., first half encore 1:30-5:15 p.m., IFC). The kids can spend the weekend with "Ben 10" (Saturday 9-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday 9-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Cartoon). Program listings at cartoonnetwork.com/schedule.
MOVIE NIGHT Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones kick you-know-what in their trilogy called "Men in Black" (Saturday night at 5:50, 7:30 and 9 p.m., Starz). Dustin Hoffman's early career is covered in "Tootsie" (Saturday night at 8, Turner Classic Movies) and the four films following overnight: "Little Big Man," "John and Mary," "The Graduate" and "Kramer vs. Kramer." Details at tcm.com.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY You know how Off the Wall rolls. No cutesy Irish stuff here. We go for the creepy, the kooky, the utterly absurd. Thus: the Syfy original movie "Scream of the Banshee" (Sunday at 9 a.m.) and the '90s sludge double feature "Leprechaun" and "Leprechaun 2" (begins at 11 a.m., again at 3, 7 and 11 p.m., all on Syfy). And yes, that is pre-"Friends" Jennifer Aniston in "Leprechaun." You're welcome. More at syfy.com/movies.
AWARDS ALERT From Alt-J to Zedd, here come the "2013 mtvU Woodie Awards" (Sunday at 8 p.m., MTV/mtvU), seen in half-hour highlights form. Other up-and-comers from this week's Austin soiree hosted by Tegan and Sara with Machine Gun Kelly include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, plus 21 pilots. Visit woodies.mtv.com.
IT'S OVER For now, anyway, with season finales all around the remote. "Girls" (Sunday at 9 p.m., HBO) concludes its second go-round. "Pretty Little Liars" (Tuesday at 8 p.m., ABC Family) winds up its third. Wrapping their Friday comedy runs: "Last Man Standing" and "Malibu Country" (Friday at 8 and 8:30 p.m., ABC/7). Unscripted endings include "The Biggest Loser" (Monday 8-10 p.m., NBC/4), "Doomsday Preppers" (Tuesday at 9 p.m., NatGeo), the competition missions of "Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T." (Wednesday at 9 p.m., Outdoor) and the fishing expeditions of "Bottom Feeders" (Thursday at 11 p.m., Outdoor). Video at outdoorchannel.com.
FUNNY FOLK They make us laugh, and, in two premieres, they tell us how. Will Ferrell and Betty White chat on "Inside Comedy" (Monday at 11 p.m., Showtime) with host David Steinberg. Then Tina Fey goes "Inside the Actors Studio" (Tuesday at 8 p.m., Bravo) with James Lipton. Ferrell/White footage at sho.com/insidecomedy.
DENNIS RODMAN ALERT He's one of the guests revisited on the premiere of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., OWN). Also this week: "Octomom" Nadya Suleman and Bill Clinton claimant Gennifer Flowers. Preview at oprah.com/own.