Off the Wall: 'Broke' on ESPN

Andre Rison featured in ESPN's documentary film "Broke" Andre Rison featured in ESPN's documentary film "Broke" directed by Billy Corben. Photo Credit: ESPN Films

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Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV ...

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SERIOUS SPORTS Take a fresh look at the biology and physics of competition in "ESPN Sport Science" (Saturday at 11 a.m., Sunday at 9:15 p.m., Disney XD). Then watch new documentaries in the acclaimed series "ESPN 30 for 30, Vol. II" (Tuesday at 8 p.m., ESPN). First among the six new flicks: "Broke," exploring why so many athletes with multimillion-dollar incomes end up that way. Preview at espn.com/ 30for30.

ADVENTURE MARATHONS

If you haven't seen the spy/action series "XIII" (Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., repeats Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Reelz), you can watch all 12 episodes this weekend (twice). There's also a four-episode catch-up of "Doctor Who" (Saturday 4-8 p.m., BBC America), leading into the new special "Doctor Who in the U.S." (8 p.m.) and current season's fifth episode (9 p.m.). All about "XIII" at reelz.com/xiii.

'CHEERS' ON CLOO? Yeah, I don't get the connection, either. Just enjoy this 30th-anniversary marathon of "Cheers" (Sunday 6 a.m.-Monday 6 a.m., Cloo), the game-changing NBC sitcom that ebuted back in September 1982. Episode titles at cloo.com/schedule.

LUCHA LIBRE! Mexican wrestling, explained! "Tales of Masked Men" (Sunday at 7 p.m., PBS/13) opens season 3 of the docuseries "Voces" with vintage grapplers like El Santo and Solar, "little" wrestlers, and historians/fans celebrating the beloved masked athletes. Video at voces.tv.

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WAS JESUS MARRIED? Asking that question is the new documentary hour "The Gospel of Jesus's Wife" (Sunday at 8 p.m., Smithsonian). Hot on the heels of headlines, it explores a fourth-century codex that refers to such a woman, apparently part of a widespread belief in Christianity's earliest decades. More at smithsonianchannel.com.

CHANNEL RE-BRANDING Hallmark Channel, now calling itself "The Heart of TV," launches two new weekday series Monday -- the lifestyle magazine "Home & Family" (10 a.m.-noon), with Paige Davis and Mark Steines, and the Osmond-sister talkfest "Marie" (noon). New to the listings is NickMom, nightly taking over the 10 p.m.-2 a.m. block on Nick Jr. New shows at launch include the standup comedy of "NickMom Night Out" (10 p.m.), the docucomedy "MFF: Mom Friends Forever" (10:30 p.m.), the studio/interview/hidden camera mix of "Parental Discretion With Stefanie Wilder-Taylor" (11 p.m.), and "What Was Carol Brady Thinking?" (11:30 p.m.), adding thought balloons over Florence Henderson's vintage sitcom "The Brady Bunch." NickMom shows repeat midnight-2 a.m. See nickmom.com.

UNSCRIPTED PREMIERES Ex-anchor for CNN T.J. Holmes hosts the new late-nighter "Don't Sleep!" (Monday-Thursday at 11 p.m., BET). Wild-animal owners face care challenges in "Animal Intervention" (Tuesday at 9 p.m., NatGeo Wild). And onetime guests like Mary Jo Buttafuoco are updated in "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., OWN).

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IT'S GLOBAL JAMES BOND DAY! Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the UK release of "Dr. No" with Sean Connery as secret agent 007. Celebrations include Cloo's all-day marathon (Friday 6 a.m.- Saturday 6 a.m.) of Bond adventures, including Connery's classic first three; screenings continue throughout next weekend into more recent portrayals by Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. Find movie titles and times at cloo.com/schedule . . . . Viewers with access to Epix HD also can enjoy the new documentary "Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007." If you don't see Epix on your TV, try watching online, or via Roku or Xbox. Get a free trial at epixhd.com/freetrial.

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