Wrangling for Westerns plus more weekend TV
Diane WertsDiane Werts
Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was
WILD FOR WESTERNS Reelz unreels an all-star double feature of Clint Eastwood's "Pale Rider" and Robert Redford's "Jeremiah Johnson" (Saturday night at 8 and 10:30, encore Sunday at 3 and 5:30 p.m., Reelz). There's a rare run of the 1991 Custer miniseries "Son of the Morning Star" (Sunday 10 a.m.-1:10 p.m., Encore), with Gary Cole and Rosanna Arquette. There's also a portrait of a directing legend, "Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade" (Monday at 9:35 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., Encore Westerns). And vintage Westerns fill overnight hours this week on Antenna TV (Tuesday-Friday mornings 3-9 a.m., Antenna), including titles from the '40s to the '70s. Check lineup titles at antennatv.tv.
TV MOVIE MANIA Just when you think they don't make TV movies anymore, here come three new ones, Saturday night alone. Expect sentimental family warfare/warmth in "Our Wild Hearts" (Saturday night at 8 p.m., Hallmark Movie Channel), directed by Rick Schroder and starring his entire family. "Restless Virgins" (8 p.m., Lifetime) treads familiar channel territory, exposing a true-story prep school sex scandal, with "Switched at Birth" faves Vanessa Marano and Max Lloyd-Jones. And then there's "Flying Monkeys" (Saturday night at 9 p.m., Syfy), this channel's latest Saturday-movie lunacy, featuring animal shape-shifter clones and former "Dollhouse" dude Vince Ventresca. Trailer at syfy.com.
INSIDE THE SONGS That's where we go with the latest series peek inside the writing of memorable music. The six half-hours of "Song by Song: Dolly Parton" (Sunday at 8 and 8:30 p.m., Ovation) have the veteran singer-songwriter revealing the details (and the dirt) behind enduring tunes like "I Will Always Love You," and "9 to 5." Assessing her impact/influence are industry insiders and stars like Kenny Rogers, Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Kristin Chenoweth and Miley Cyrus. Get psyched beforehand with an encore of the series "Song by Song: Johnny Cash" (Sunday 1-3:30 p.m. Come back Monday at 8 and 8:30 p.m. for Dolly's "Coat of Many Colors" and "Jolene." Do more Dolly at ovationtv.com/sbsdp.
YOU MAKE MORE THAN ME? You know the feeling of finding out how ridiculously much some people make -- and how little others take home. Salary details are the entire point of "What People Earn" (Sunday at 10 and 10:30 p.m., H2), peeking inside the numbers for folks like beer brewers, nuke plant handlers and even our nation's first president. More at history.com/h2.
AND THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH Not the meek. The insects. Science Channel delivers two six-legged specials. "Inside Out: Bugs" (Monday at 10 p.m.) says we're outnumbered 200 million to 1 (yes, uno), but they do sustain our ecosystem. Return next week for "Planet Ant" (March 18 at 10 p.m.), diving deep inside ant colonies to reveal their social structures. Bug yourself more at science.discovery.com.