Easter TV schedule led by Roma Downey’s ‘The Bible’

Max von Sydow took on the role of Max von Sydow took on the role of Jesus in George Stevens' all-star biblical epic, "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965). Photo Credit: United Artists

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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 ...

EASTER FEAST Tales of God and faith include Roma Downey's recent drama series "The Bible" (Saturday 2 p.m.- midnight, Sunday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., History. Also streaming on Netflix), Charlton Heston's 1950s epic "The Ten Commandments" (Saturday night 7-11:45, ABC/7), and a full Easter lineup on Turner Classic Movies, starting with Paul Newman in "The Silver Chalice" (Sunday at 5:45 a.m.) and continuing through "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (4:30 p.m., all on TCM). Nonfiction entries include Don Wildmon's new hour "Greatest Mysteries: The Holy Land" (Sunday at 9 p.m., Travel).

BIG SPIDERS AND BIGFOOT Genre faves Greg Grunberg ("Heroes") and Ray Wise ("Reaper") star in the fresh cheeseflick "Big Ass Spider!" (Saturday night at 9, Syfy). That's followed by the 2012 cheesefest "Bigfoot" (Saturday night at 11, Syfy) as the inimitable team of Barry Williams and Danny Bonaduce go a-hunting for the mountain creature. More info at syfy.com

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UNSCRIPTED ARRIVALS Like those 1950s movie monsters, they just keep coming! This week's flood features the Kentucky-set docusoap "Tobacco Wars" (Saturday night at 10, CMT), the death-row messages of "Cell Block Psychic" (Monday at 9 p.m., ID) and the Spelling-McDermott celebrity marriage dramatics of "True Tori" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., Lifetime). Food fans get the iconic snacks competition of "Rewrapped" (Monday at 8p.m., Food) with Joey Fatone and Marc Summers, plus the comfort-food contest "Chow Masters" (Tuesday at 9 p.m., Travel), which launches with breakfast in the Big Apple.

SUNDAY SING-ALONG After the Easter egg hunt, sit down with the kids and get musical in "Sing-Along Easter Marathon" (Sunday 8:30-

11:30 a.m., Hub). Song lyrics flash on-screen during episodes of "Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures," "Pound Puppies," "Littlest Pet Shop" and "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic." More at hubnetwork.com

MORE MUSIC The signature sound of "Muscle Shoals" (Monday 9-11 p.m., PBS/13) infuses the latest portrait from "Independent Lens." That Alabama town has been a breeding ground for gospel, soul, country, rock and various amalgamations, with its recording studios attracting everyone from Etta James and Aretha Franklin to The Civil Wars and Alicia Keys. Did we mention Bono, the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gregg Allman, Jimmy Cliff and Steve Winwood? Another midcontinent music capital takes the stage in "Nashville: On the Record" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., ABC/7). The hourlong special pairs stars of the ABC saga (Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, etc.) with the songwriters who give them their soul, in both concert and conversation. Video at abc.com/nashville

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MERCY MERCY ME The ecology movement is explored in the new "American Masters" hour "A Fierce Green Fire" (Tuesday at 9 p.m., PBS/13) as it evolves from 1960s conservation to today's "green" push. With Robert Redford and Meryl Streep among its narrators, the documentary covers the Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Love Canal, save-the-rainforest and lots more. Preview at pbs.org/americanmasters

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