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Off the Wall: 'Green Acres' and an urban marathon

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SATURDAY'S MUST-SEE TV! How much do we love the daft surreality of "Green Acres" (weekends 3 and 3:30 p.m., weekdays 6 and 6:30 p.m., Antenna TV)? Eva Gabor in evening gowns, Eddie Albert in three-piece suits, living in a clapboard farmhouse where they climb a pole to make a phone call, sometimes to a pig? Saturday's double dose is classic, showing how English-mangling Gabor met future hubby Albert during World War II (3 p.m.), then fretting over Arnold Ziffel being pig-napped (3:30). Watch 'em all online -- 170 episodes at

THE B IS BACK Saturday's marathon of "Don't Trust the B in Apt. 23" (1-10 p.m., Logo) includes eight episodes that ABC never aired. More at

MOVIES MEET ACROSS THE DECADES Tonight's WNET double feature starts with 1936 screwball comedy "My Man Godfrey" (Saturday night at 9, Ch. 13), pairing the delightful Carole Lombard as a dizzy heiress and debonair William Powell as a Depression hobo turned butler. It's sleek Hollywood fluff. Stay tuned for its compare-and-contrast companion: gritty 2008 Oscar-winner "Slumdog Millionaire" (10:40 p.m., Ch. 13), working its way from indigent tragedy to title triumph. Encore pairing at 12:55 and 2:35 a.m. Pick the flicks at

ROCK YOUR HOUSE Vanilla Ice got the renovation gig going on DIY with 2010's "The Vanilla Ice Project." Now, Daryl Hall, of Hall & Oates, restores an 18th century Connecticut cottage in the cutesy-named new series "Daryl's Restoration Over-Hall" (Saturday night at 10 and 10:30, DIY; check your TV provider for availability). Who needs Bob Vila? Video at

WACKY WITHOUT WORDS Introduce the younger folks in your life to the wonders of silent comedy. Bill Hader hosts the family-friendly franchise Essentials Jr. (Sunday 8-10 p.m., TCM), this week presenting century-old shorts from laugh legends Laurel & Hardy, Harold Lloyd, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Buster Keaton and, of course, Charlie Chaplin. His crowd-pleasing shoe-eating follows in Chaplin's 1925 feature "The Gold Rush" (Sunday at 10 p.m., TCM). Clips, schedule at

ALIEN MANIA How many alien-titled TV series can you name? (Currently: "Ancient Aliens," "Alien Encounters," "Unsealed: Alien Files," even Animal Planet's "Uncovering Aliens.") Before another one launches, we get the special event "Aliens on the Moon: The Truth Exposed" (Sunday at 9 p.m., Syfy). It's the 45th anniversary of NASA's initial moon landing, so, of course, they're celebrating with aliens. And, ssssh, conspiracy! Later comes the new series "In Search of Aliens" (Friday at 10 p.m., H2). In between, there's Science Channel's Cosmic Mysteries Week, Sunday-Friday, with aliens of its own in the unaptly titled "NASA's Unexplained Files" (Sunday at 10 p.m.) and "Close Encounters" (Monday at 10 p.m., both on Science). More details at


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