Off the Wall: Phyllis Diller's ghost stories
Diane WertsDiane Werts
Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was
Off the Wall feels a twinge of envy for Phyllis Diller's fashion sense.
R.I.P., PHYLLIS DILLER The groundbreaking female comic cackler, who died this week at 95, tells tales on "Celebrity Ghost Stories" (Saturday at 7 p.m., Bio). Or catch Diller at the peak of her fame in an "Ed Sullivan Show" standup set at youtube.com/watch? v=mH66_tFP8VA.
CORMANPALOOZA! Pop some corn. It's 24 hours of cheesy fun when Epix honors legendary B-flick mogul Roger Corman Saturday. Gawk at Shelley Winters and Robert De Niro as gauche gangsters in "Bloody Mama" (8:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.), Peter Fonda and Bruce Dern as sick cyclists in "The Wild Angels" (9:45 a.m. and 4 p.m.), Ron Howard tearing up Puckerbush County in "Eat My Dust" (12:45 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.) and the premiere of Corman's new "Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader" (10 p.m. and 1:15 a.m.). Can't watch on TV? Get a 14-day free trial to watch online at epixhd.com/freetrial.
GO AHEAD. MAKE MY WEEKEND That's the title for this weekend's festival of Clint Eastwood flicks, starting with an Eastwood-themed outing of "The Countdown" (Saturday at noon, Reelz), followed by his classic hard-core '70s cop in "Dirty Harry" (12:30 p.m.) and four other Harry Callahan flicks through midnight. Four of them repeat Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. on Reelz. Full lineup at reelz.com/reelztv.
(MID)SEASON FINALES? When it comes to cable, who knows when it's really the end of the season or just the end of the first half/part of the season, or what. All we know is, don't look for fresh episodes for awhile after this week's. Series with wrap-ups include "True Blood" (Sunday at 9 p.m., HBO), "The Newsroom" (Sunday at 10 p.m., HBO), "Single Ladies" (Monday at 9 p.m., VH1), "Push Girls" (Monday at 10 p.m., Sundance, after a catch-up marathon Sunday 1:30-8 p.m.), "Melissa & Joey" (Wednesday at 8 p.m., ABC Family, after a catch-up marathon 11 a.m.-8 p.m.), "Necessary Roughness" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., USA, after a catch-up marathon Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Cloo) and "Futurama" (Wednesday at 10 and 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central, after a catch-up marathon Sunday 12:30-6:30 p.m.).
OPRAH OVERLOAD Wanna see Winfrey's best-of reel? Then, you'd better take a seat. The two-hour extravaganza "TV Guide Magazine's Top 25 Best Oprah Show Moments" (Tuesday 9-11 p.m., OWN) launches a weekly series airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. thereafter. More at oprah.com/own.
SERIES PREMIERES Conjoined twins illuminate how they navigate life in one body with two heads on "Abby & Brittany" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., TLC). And hidden cameras reveal what eatery employees really think in "Restaurant Stakeout" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., Food). Meet the twins at tlc.com/video.