Easter all over weekend TV

Portuguese Actor Diogo Morgado on playing Jesus in Portuguese Actor Diogo Morgado on playing Jesus in the hit History Channel TV series 'The Bible,' and people calling him the "Hot Jesus." Screenshot.

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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 ...

CATCH-UP MARATHONS Before their shows return for new seasons, channels like to bring us up to speed by revisiting previous episodes. Doing that this week: Julia Louis-Dreyfus' "Veep" (Saturday noon-4 p.m., HBO Zone; back April 14 on HBO); sitcom "Men at Work" (Saturday 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Sunday 11 p.m.-1 a.m., TBS; back Thursday at 10 p.m. on TBS) and "Game of Thrones" (Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., HBO2; back Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO).

EASTER ALL OVER Some programs lean toward the sacred, from the Billy Zane miniseries "Barabbas" (Saturday noon-4 p.m., repeats Sunday 4-8 p.m., Reelz) to a marathon of the new hit series "The Bible" (Sunday noon-10 p.m., History). Turner Classic Movies fills Easter Sunday with biblical movies like "Ben-Hur" (7:30 a.m.), "King of Kings" (11:30 a.m.), "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (2:30 p.m.) and "The Robe" (8 p.m.). Other shows are secular: the Fred Astaire-Judy Garland movie "Easter Parade" (Sunday at 6 p.m. on TCM) and the cartoon "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown" (Sunday at 7 p.m., ABC/7). There's also a new production of "Ben Hur" (Sunday 8 p.m.-midnight, Ovation), starring Joseph Morgan (Klaus on "Vampire Diaries") and Kristin Kreuk ("Smallville"). Video at ovationtv.com/benhur.

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NEW TO YOU BBC America's Supernatural Saturday block beefs up with fresh episodes of "Doctor Who" (8 p.m.), the new identity suspenser "Orphan Black" (9 p.m.), and now-a-series "The Nerdist" (10 p.m.). Also debuting: unscripted series "Forever Young" (10 p.m. Wednesday, TV Land), a live-together pairing seniors and "juniors" (young adults). Previews at tvland.com.

AWARDS ALERT Rickey Smiley and Essence Atkins host the "21st Trumpet Awards" (Sunday at 8 p.m., TV One), honoring African-American achievements as varied as entertainment, law, politics, sports and religion. Performers include Fantasia and Jennifer Holliday. Details at trumpetfoundation.org.

SEASON FINALES This week's list includes comedy: "The New Normal" (Tuesday 9-10p.m., NBC/4). And drama: "Justified" (Tuesday at 10p.m., FX). And unscripted series, including "Worst Cooks in America" (Sunday at 9 p.m., Food), "Top Gear" (Tuesday at 9p.m., History) and Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" (Friday at 8 p.m., Fox/5).

MOVIE MANIA See why cinephiles still revere chameleon star Lon Chaney 83 years after his death, when TCM unreels eight straight features starting at 6 a.m. Monday in honor of his birthday; included are his sole talkie "The Unholy Three" (5 p.m.) and the biotribute "Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces" (6:15p.m.). Laurence Olivier is TCM's star for April, with 26 films to be shown on Wednesday nights, starting with "Henry V" (8 p.m.) and "Hamlet" (10:30 p.m.). And the new Sony Movie Channel (check your cable/satellite provider for availability) pays tribute to "Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan" (Wednesday at8 p.m., Sony). See sonymoviechannel.com.

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THERE'S NOT ENOUGH YELLING IN SPORTS TV!!! Adhering to this counterintuitive premise are the presenters of the latest daily sports "debate" show "MLB Now" (previewing Monday at 8 p.m. and Tuesday at 6 p.m., then weekdays at 4 p.m., MLB Network). Or maybe it's "MLB NOWWW!!!" Anyway, the show debuts Monday amid baseball's 15 live hours of opening day coverage, pitting "new school" Brian Kenny against "old school" Harold Reynolds for your ear-bleeding pleasure. More at mlbnetwork.com.

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