Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV
Off the Wall gets cosmic.
PARALYMPIC ACTION Hope you're up early -- NBC Sports Network slated first-day coverage of Sochi's Paralympic Games live from 1 a.m. (as in Friday night). Later Saturday, there's an encore of the "Paralympics Opening Ceremony" (1 p.m., NBC/4) and Day 1's "Paralympics Recap" (5:30 p.m., NBCSN). Live coverage returns Saturday at 1 a.m. with cross-country skiing, while Sunday night's 1 a.m. start covers alpine super-G. Check out sled hockey, wheelchair curling, other events at nbcolympics.com.
'COSMOS' BEFORE 'COSMOS' Watch your weekend space shows in the right order. First comes astronomer Carl Sagan's original docuseries "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" (Saturday noon-6 p.m. and Sunday noon-7 p.m., NatGeo), which blew mainstream minds in its 1980 odyssey through the workings of the universe. Now Sagan's widow, Ann Druyan, has joined forces with animation auteur Seth MacFarlane for the successor series, "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" (premieres Sunday at 9 p.m., Fox/5 and Fox-run cable channels; continues weekly Sunday-Monday 9 p.m. on Fox/5). Hosting this time: Neil deGrasse Tyson. Read more about "Cosmos" in Sunday's Fanfare.
ON THE GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP Shirley Temple passed away Feb.10, but the one-time movie moppet -- her hit flicks saved Twentieth Century-Fox from the Depression -- will continue to live on-screen. Turner Classic Movies lines up eight Temple titles Sunday, starting early enough for kid viewing with "Heidi" (4:30 p.m.). After other girlhood musicals, Temple's teen/"grown-up" roles fill the overnight hours.
ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES Wrapping their season runs are scripted sagas "True Detective" (Sunday at 9p.m., HBO), "Looking" (Sunday at 10:30 p.m., HBO), and "Banshee" (Friday at 10 p.m., Cinemax). Coming in are new celeb-centered reality gigs. "Chopped Tournament of Stars" (Sunday at 9 p.m., Food) launches with sports names Brandi Chastain, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Greg Louganis and Charles Oakley; next week's show-biz crop includes Penn Jillette and Coolio. Adam Carolla's "Catch a Contractor" (Sunday at 10 p.m., Spike) makes shady builders face the music. And as "Lindsay" (Sunday at 10 p.m., OWN) chronicles the Long Island native's ongoing roller coaster, Oprah Winfrey reads Lohan the riot act. Preview at oprah.com/own
KEEPING IT REAL Unscripted returnees include Season 5 of "Long Island Medium" (Sunday at 9 p.m., TLC) and Season 6 of "Real Housewives of New York City" (Tuesday at 9 p.m., Bravo). There's more remodel with Season 6 of "Property Brothers" (Wednesday at 9 p.m., HGTV), more raucous from Billy Eichner's Season 3 of "Funny or Die's Billy on the Street" (Wednesday at 11 p.m., Fuse), and more Gordon Ramsay rant in Season 12 of "Hell's Kitchen" (Thursday at 8 p.m., Fox/5). See Billy go bonkers at fuse.tv/shows
SXSW TV The Texas capital's annual South by Southwest arts fest draws talkers tapping its gathered talent. Andy Cohen's "Watch What Happens Live" (Sunday-Thursday at 11 p.m., Bravo) sets up shop at Ballet Austin Academy. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (Monday-Friday at 11:35 p.m., ABC/7) is at downtown's Long Center -- after Kimmel joins Cohen on Sunday's "WWHL." More at bravotv.com/wwhl and abc.com/jkl