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Off the Wall: Spies, sci-fi and soap opreas

Off the Wall likes spies, sci-fi and soap, sometimes simultaneously.

Movie mania

Lots of goodies new and old this week. Barrel through 25 hours of James Bond, starting with "Dr. No" (Saturday at 7 a.m., Encore Action). George Clooney stars as an escaped convict in the Coen Brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (8 and 10:30 p.m., IFC). Flash back to early moviemaking with "Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women in Hollywood" (Saturday at 9:45 p.m., Turner Classic Movies), plus three films from the sharp screenwriter: "TheWind" (8 p.m.), "The Big House" (10:45 p.m.) and "The Champ" (12:30 a.m.). Marvel superheroes fill Sunday's FX lineup from "The Amazing Spider-Man" (9 a.m.) to "The Avengers"" (8 and 11 p.m.). Samuel L. Jackson stars in "Reasonable Doubt" (Sunday at 5 p.m., Encore Black) and four following films. World War II hero Audie Murphy heads west in "40 Guns to Apache Pass" (Sunday at 6:20 p.m., Encore Westerns) and three more titles. Compare six stories of the Old West's Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett on Turner Classic Movies in Thursday night's '70s pair "Chisum" (8 p.m.) and "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid"(10 p.m.), plus Paul Newman's "The Left-Handed Gun" (12:15 a.m.) and three more. TCM's Friday night spotlight falls on Orson Welles' all-time classics "Citizen Kane"and "The Magnificent Ambersons" (8 and 10:15 p.m.). Details at tcm.com/schedule

 

Syfy, we missed you!

Didn't even realize how deprived we'd been lately till this title jumped out of Saturday night's lineup -- "Lake Placid vs. Anaconda" (9 p.m., Syfy), with Robert Englund, Yancy Butler and Corin Nemec. Bone up first, with 1999's original "Lake Placid" (11:10 a.m. and 6:35 p.m., Encore), then TV movies "Lake Placid 2," "Lake Placid 3" and "Lake Placid: The Final Chapter" (3, 5 and 7 p.m., Syfy). Check out syfy.com/movies

 

Way up high

In Discovery Channel's first Elevation Weekend, "ValleyUprising" (Saturday night at 8) charts the counterculture roots of Yosemite rock climbing. It's followed by "Everest Avalanche Tragedy" (10:02 p.m.). Sunday offers "Everest: Beyond the Limit"(10 a.m.-1 p.m.). Bonus!"Naked and Afraid" (Sunday 3 p.m.-3 a.m.t)getsanother marathon. Weekend info at discovery.com/elevation

Soap-a-rama

If you're lucky enough to get the Pop channel (formerly TVGN), you can see Tyra Banks host the 42nd annual "Daytime Emmys" (Sunday 8-10 p.m., Pop), honoring Betty White for lifetime achievement. Stay tuned for debuting docusoap "Queens of Drama" (Sunday at 10 p.m., Pop), eyeing Vanessa Marcil, Hunter Tylo, Donna Mills and other soapsters creating their own show. Later this week, brace for songs and shockeroos at the Nurses Ball on "General Hospital" (Friday at 3 p.m., also April 4-5, ABC/7). More at poptv.com and emmyonline.org

 

Season finales

Wrapping it up: Rainn Wilson's "Backstrom" (Thursday at 9 p.m., Fox/5), "Mom" (Thursday at 9 p.m., CBS/2), "Blue Bloods" (Friday at 10 p.m., CBS/2).

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