Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV
Off the Wall goes to Arabia, Russia and outer space!
Danger, Will Robinson!
The show came out this week on Blu-ray, where its spray-painted foam rocks look cheesier than ever! But this weekend, free TV also runs the first season and a half of "Lost in Space" (today 1 p.m.-Monday 7 a.m., Decades), with Dr. Smith, the Robot and more '60s spacy-ness. Look for guest stars Warren Oates, Kurt Russell, Michael Rennie, Michael J. Pollard and Wally Cox. More at decades.com
Movie memorialsOmar Sharif, who died July 10 in Cairo, got his big English-language break in David Lean's eye-popping 1962 desert epic, "Lawrence of Arabia" (Saturday night at 9, WNET/13), alongside title star Peter O'Toole. See a three-film Sharif salute Monday night, when Turner Classic Movies runs "Doctor Zhivago" (8 p.m.), "Funny Girl" (11:30 p.m.) and "Funny Lady" (2:30 a.m., all on TCM). Also honored: recently passed 1930s child star Dickie Moore, in TCM's Thursday daytime lineup (6:15 a.m.-8 p.m.). Titles, times at tcm.com/schedule
Emmys all weekendTV's guest stars and behind-the-scenes achievers get their due in the "Creative Arts Emmy Awards" (Saturday night at 8, encore at 10:30, FXX). Then big-name stars lead the glittery "67th Primetime Emmys" (Sunday 8-11 p.m., Fox/5), hosted by Andy Samberg. Red carpet strutting first (Sunday at 6 p.m., E!). Nominees at emmys.com
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"Game of Thrones" star Maisie Williams makes her way to a new season of "Doctor Who" (Saturday night at 9, BBC America). Among other watch-worthy returns this busy fall-season launch week -- "Empire" (Wednesday at 9 p.m., Fox/7) and "How to Get Away With Murder" (Thursday at 10 p.m., ABC/7). Details in Sunday's Newsday TV fall preview section, on Newsday's daily TV pages, and online at newsday.com/tv
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Fall show premieres this week include vignette comedy "Life in Pieces" (Monday at 8:30 p.m., CBS/2), movie spinoff "Minority Report" (Monday at 9 p.m., Fox/5), tattoo-lady actioner "Blindspot" (Monday at 10 p.m., NBC/4), revived family series "The Muppets" (Tuesday at 8 p.m., ABC/7), Ryan Murphy's horror comedy "Scream Queens" (Tuesday 8-10 p.m., Fox/5), superpowered conspiracy saga "Limitless" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., CBS/2), Morris Chestnut's Miami procedural "Rosewood" (Wednesday at 8 p.m., Fox/5), resumed fantasy "Heroes Reborn" (Thursday 8-10 p.m., NBC/4) and high-body-count thrill ride "The Player" (Thursday at 10 p.m., NBC/4).
Get your VCR/DVR/HDD ready to record Tuesday's all-day half-century of fantasy fun. Best bets in TCM's 6 a.m.-8 p.m. lineup -- 1926 silent high-tech trendsetter "Metropolis" (6 a.m.), Michael Rennie's '50s Klaatu-barada-nikto original "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (9 a.m.), Leslie Nielsen and Anne Francis in Shakespeare-inspired "Forbidden Planet" (10:45 a.m.), director Stanley Kubrick's mind-blowing "2001: A Space Odyssey" (3:30 p.m.) and the role-playing amusement park named "Westworld" (6:15 p.m., TCM). Full lineup at tcm.com/schedule