Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV
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WORLD OF WESTERNS They're everywhere! The networks still don't care, but cable increasingly does. AMC rides west each weekend with '60s family fave "The Rifleman" (Saturday 6-7:30 a.m.), and adds Saturday's catch-up marathon of its current Sunday night fave, "Hell on Wheels" (Saturday 1-6 p.m.), plus Sunday's encore miniseries, "Into the West" (Sunday 5-9 p.m.). INSP Saturday adds vintage desert-set hour "The High Chaparral" (Saturday 1 p.m.-2 a.m.); its schedule already includes Barbara Stanwyck's "The Big Valley" (weekdays 3-5 p.m. and midnight-2 a.m.) and next weekend adds "The Virginian" (Sept. 22 at 1 p.m.). Encore Westerns keeps loading up its afternoon hours with vintage TV oaters, now running nonstop 2-8 p.m. weekdays; highlights include half-hours "Have Gun -- Will Travel" (2:50 p.m.) and early episodes of "Gunsmoke" (aka "Marshal Dillon," 5:10 and 5:40 p.m.). Full lineups at amctv.com/schedule, insp.com/schedule and starz.com/schedule.
DOUBLE DOSE OF CHEESE Can you handle back-to-back Syfy Original Movie premieres? Kandyse McClure of "Battlestar Galactica" stars in "Aladdin and the Death Lamp" (Saturday night at 7), while Sebastian Roche of "Fringe" stars in "Pegasus vs. Chimera" (Saturday night at 9). More at syfy.com/movies.
CINEMANIA Tonight alone, WNET/13 screens the classic 1947 Bogie-and-Bacall noir "Dark Passage" (9:05 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.); Turner Classic Movies has the visually awesome silent Oscar winner "Sunrise" (8 p.m.); and Reelz's new series "MovieStyle With Michael O'Connor" (6:30 p.m.) pays tribute to 1940s trends. Tomorrow, "Movie Talk With Peter Bart" (Sunday at 9 a.m., Encore) welcomes B-film icon Roger Corman, and "NYC-Arts" (Sunday at noon, WNET/13) interviews Long Island filmmaker Ed Burns ("The Fitzgerald Family Christmas"). And TCM's Ben Mankiewicz hosts the new series "Hot Set" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., Syfy), in which designers compete to create the coolest cinematic settings. Watch previous "NYC-Arts" outings at nyc-arts.org.
UNSCRIPTED PREMIERES Evelyn Lozada, the "basketball wife" who just left footballer Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson, visits the two-part premiere of "Iyanla, Fix My Life" (Saturday night at 10, OWN). Tom Arnold helps urbanites recapture their country roots in "Redneck Rehab" (Saturday night at 10, CMT). And international royals move to Atlanta in "Secret Princes" (Friday at 10 p.m., TLC). Meet the lads at tlc.com/secretprinces.
GREAT GUESTS Neil Patrick Harris honors Harry Houdini on "Tanked" (Saturday night at 9, Animal Planet). Usher discusses his custody battle on "Oprah's Next Chapter" (Sunday at 9 p.m., OWN). Long Island medium Theresa Caputo chats on "Watch What Happens" (Sunday at 11 p.m., Bravo). "ER" chief and "The Event" alien Laura Innes finds her way to "Warehouse 13" (Monday at 9 p.m., Syfy). Preview of Usher at oprah.com/nextchapter.
GET INTO "REVENGE" Recap the Hamptons-set soapfest "Revenge" (Sunday 8-11 p.m., ABC/7) with a full night featuring the pilot, another key episode and the season finale. Or stream video at abc.com/revenge.
TV SALUTES It's the 50th anniversary of public TV at WNET/13, which recalls its experiments of the '60s in "Pioneers of Thirteen" (Monday at 8 p.m., Ch. 13). Barbara Walters hosts a special edition of "20/20 -- Best in Television: The Greatest TV Shows of Our Time" (Tuesday 9-11 p.m., ABC/7). For the not-so-greatest, try "25 Biggest Live TV Blunders" (Monday at 9 p.m., TV Guide Network). Vintage Thirteen programs online at thirteen.org/thirteen-fifty-years/videos.
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