'I Love Lucy' marathon and more on TV this weekend
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HOW MUCH DO YOU LOVE LUCY? Find out with Saturday's all-day marathon of "I Love Lucy" (5 a.m.-midnight, Hallmark). Episode details at hallmarkchannel.com/schedule.
REAL TO REEL So what's the truth behind Ben Affleck's Oscar-nominated crowd-pleaser? "Argo: Inside Story" (Saturday night at 10, repeats tomorrow at noon, Discovery) talks to the real people involved in the CIA's attempt to rescue '70s Americans held hostage in Iran. Made in 2002, the documentary has been updated with narration by Bryan Cranston, who's featured in Affleck's film. More at discovery.com.
OSCARAMA Sorry, no Ben vs. Steve showdown, but there's other suspense over their films "Argo" and "Lincoln," among many contenders for "The Oscars" (Sunday 8:30-11:30 p.m., ABC/7). Psych yourself up with pre-fare that includes "Countdown to the Academy Awards" (1:30 p.m., E!), "On the Red Carpet" (5 p.m., WABC/7), "Live From the Red Carpet" (5:30 p.m., E!), "Live From the Oscars" (6 p.m., WPIX/11), and the official "Red Carpet Live" (7 p.m., ABC/7). After-party options include "E! After Party" (11:30 p.m., E!) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars" (midnight, ABC/7). Joan Rivers leads next-day dish on "Fashion Police" (Monday at 8:30 p.m., E!). Blogs and buzz at oscar.com.
NOT INTO MOVIES? Then what to watch Sunday instead of the Oscars? Maybe a tribute to a source of stars: "Saturday Night Live in the 2000s: Time and Again" (9-11 p.m., NBC/4). Sitcom laughs stack up in "The Big Bang Theory" (8-10 p.m., WWOR/9) and "Two and a Half Men" (8-10 p.m., WPIX/11). The tube and the movies mash up in 1995's send-up "The Brady Bunch Movie" (9 p.m., Nick at Nite). Plus there's the marathon "reality" of "Duck Dynasty" (8 p.m.-4 a.m., A&E) before Season 3 launches Wednesday night at 10 (following that day's 3-10 p.m. catch-up). All things dynasty at aetv.com/duck.
TYPO ALERT The first time I typed the title of "Celebrity Wife Swap" (Tuesday at 8 p.m., ABC/7), the third word came out "Swamp." Which somehow seems more right than wrong. Anyway, this season return switches Playboy's Kendra Wilkinson with mom-plus-eight Kate Gosselin. More at abc.com/shows/celebrity-wife-swap.
COMPARE AND CONTRAST It's a comedy cast reunion! Jason Lee, Jaime Pressly, Ethan Suplee, Nadine Velazquez and Eddie Steeples guest on "Raising Hope" (Tuesday at 8 p.m., Fox/5), the current show run by Greg Garcia, who also created the series they starred together on, "My Name Is Earl" (weekday mornings at 7 and 7:30, TBS). Watch the latter encoring online or on-the-go via tbs.com/mynameisearl.
UNSCRIPTED PREMIERES WWE star Chris Jericho hosts the self-explanatory competition "Robot Combat League" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., Syfy). Legless thrillseeker Kevin Michael Connolly takes us globe trotting in "Armed & Ready" (Tuesday at 10 and 10:30 p.m., Travel). Hang with an up-and-coming singer and his Pittsburgh entourage in "Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family" (Tuesday at 11:30 p.m., MTV2). Mark Wahlberg produces the docuseries "Boston's Finest" (Wednesday at 9 p.m., TNT), riding along with Beantown police. Participants in the psychological experiment "Stranded" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., Syfy) shoot their own footage during a week in a haunted location. "Hacking the Planet" (Thursday at 8 p.m., Weather) shows scientists trying to prevent or redirect all kinds of natural phenomena: hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions. Video at weather.com/tv.