'Downton Abbey' season 2 sets stage for 3

Diane Werts

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Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was

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Off the Wall is keeping count.

'DOWNTON' DOUBLE-UP. Both big local PBS stations go gaga for you-know-which British soap this weekend. WLIW encores the second season of "Downton Abbey" (Saturday 1-11 p.m., Ch. 21), setting the scene for the start of Season 3 (Sunday at 9 p.m., WNET/13; Monday at 8 p.m., Ch. 21). All things "Downton" at pbs.org/downton.

THRICE UPON A TIME. That's Saturday night's encore count from fable saga "Once Upon a Time" (Saturday night 8-11, ABC/7). After Sunday's 7 p.m. repeat, the series returns with new episodes at 8. Catch the magic at abc.com/once.

THEY JUST KEEP COMING BACK. Once a reality star, always a reality star. Among those premiering yet another series this week is dog whisperer Cesar Millan, back with "Leader of the Pack" (Saturday night at 10, NatGeo Wild). Also up again -- chef Emeril Lagasse in "Emeril's Florida" (Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Cooking Channel); Lorenzo Lamas, part of the prank cast in a new take on "The Joe Schmo Show" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., Spike); and talktalktalker Kathy Griffin, going live this season on "Kathy" (Thursday at 10 p.m., Bravo), with debut guests Liza Minnelli and Jane Lynch. More mouth at bravotv.com/kathy.

NEW CHANNEL. Your TV's ex-Nonstop space is now filled by Cozi, an NBC-owned retro subchannel riding WNBC's signal. (Cablevision has it on Ch. 109.) Its oldies include morning westerns ("Hopalong Cassidy," "The Lone Ranger"), prime-time mystery and action ("McMillan & Wife," "The Bionic Woman," "Magnum P.I."), family shows ("Lassie"), even groundbreakers ("I Spy"). Movies, too, such as Sunday's "Jesus Christ Superstar" (noon) and "Earthquake" (2:30 p.m.) Check out the channel's plans in its "Cozi TV Preview Show" (Sunday at 10 p.m., Cozi), or at cozitv.com.

ONE MÁS. That's UniMás, the "bolder, edgier" redesign of Univision's former TeleFutura channel. Starting Monday, the new millennial-aimed lineup spotlights the Colombian underworld heist drama "Made in Cartagena" (weeknights at 9) and the twins thriller "¿Quién Eres Tú?" (weeknights at 10). Más a unimas.com.

BIRTHDAY BOY. Can you imagine a septuagenarian Elvis? Since the rocker died in 1977, we'll remember him young in movies like the eight being shown to celebrate Elvis Presley's 78th birthday (Tuesday 6:15 a.m.-8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies) -- "Speedway," "Kissin' Cousins," "Tickle Me," "Live a Little, Love a Little," "Viva Las Vegas," "Jailhouse Rock," "It Happened at the World's Fair" and "Love Me Tender." Details at tcm.com.

GOOD SPORTS. A pro athlete needs a fresh crib. Who's he gonna call? Most likely the national real estate team tracked in "Scoring the Deal" (Tuesday at 11 p.m., HGTV), concierge house hunters for players like Jordan Farmar, Clinton Portis and Adewale Ogunleye. Also, "60 Minutes Sports" (Wednesday at 10 p.m., Showtime) debuts as a monthly hour-long magazine, with reports on soccer superstar Lionel Messi and the investigation of Lance Armstrong. Preview at sho.com/sports.

CELEBS, CELEBS EVERYWHERE. "Big" names plunging into the pool for "Stars in Danger: The High Dive" (Wednesday 8-10 p.m., Fox/5) include David Chokachi, Bethany Hamilton, Terrell Owens and JWoww. What seems to be the geriatric edition of periodic special "I Get That a Lot" (Wednesday 8 p.m., CBS/2) welcomes it's-not-me prank-pullers Cheech Marin, Jane Seymour, Bruce Jenner and Larry Hagman. (The infamous "Dallas" prankster shot his segment in September.) Kaley Cuoco hosts this year's "People's Choice Awards" (Wednesday 9-11 p.m., CBS/2), with music from Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera. See nominees at cbs.com/pca.