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Off the Wall TV: Abbott and Costello meet a marathon

Off the Wall wonders who's on first and what's on second.

Hey, Abbotttt!

That was Lou Costello's yell to buddy Bud in the comedy team's hit films of the '40s and TV of the '50s. The latter comes first this week in "The Abbott and Costello Show"(Saturday 1 p.m.-Monday 7 a.m., Decades/2.2), the odd pals-com that Jerry Seinfeld says inspired his '90s hit. At week's end, Friday's movie night includes "Hold That Ghost" (8 p.m.), "Buck Privates" (9:45 p.m.), "In the Navy" (11:15 p.m.), "Rio Rita" (1 a.m.), "Lost in a Harem" (2:45 a.m.) and "Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd" (4:30 a.m. Saturday, all on Turner Classic Movies). Official fun at

Superhero Saturday

With so many hyperpowered do-gooders hitting prime time in the next month, vintage TV is scheduling same. Saturday night's Me TV lineup includes '50s fave "The Adventures of Superman" (6-7 p.m.), '60s smash "Batman" (7-8 p.m.), and '70s hour "Wonder Woman" (8 p.m.). Fall channel grid at

Making music

CMT's Man in Black week closes with Saturday's premiere of "Johnny Cash: American Rebel" (9-11 p.m.), exploring Cash's life through 10 key songs plus family/friends interviews. "Sound Tracks: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum" (Friday at 7 p.m., World/21.3) takes an hour's tour through the Cleveland showcase. More at

Film fun

"American Experience" finally gets around to eyeing family film king "Walt Disney" (Monday-Tuesday 9-11 p.m., PBS/13; Friday 8-10 p.m. and midnight-2 a.m., World). Agatha Christie fans get a daytime TCM mystery marathon, starting with 1945's "And Then There Were None" (Tuesday 7:30 a.m.) and also including its 1966 remake, "Ten Little Indians" (4:30 p.m.). Representing the French new wave: director Jean-Luc Godard, starting with 1960's influential "Breathless" (Wednesday at 8 p.m.) and continuing through the overnight. Explore more at

New season!

For Nielsen numbers, it isn't official until next week, but some shows are jumping the gun. Among them is much-awaited music competition "La Banda" (Sunday at 8 p.m., Univision/41), produced by Simon Cowell and Ricky Martin, who also plays judge. "Dancing With the Stars" (Monday 8-10 p.m., ABC/7) starts another cycle. And there's new variety hour "Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris" (Tuesday at 10 p.m., NBC/4). Fall-show clipfests: "CBS Fall Preview Show" (Saturday at 1:30 p.m., CBS/2), "NBC Primetime Preview Show" (Friday at 6 a.m., USA; Friday at 11 p.m., Cloo), "ABC Fall Preview Special" (Friday at 8:30 p.m., ABC/7). More on Cowell's latest at


The final performances of "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday 8-10 p.m., NBC/4) are followed by the results (Wednesday 9-11 p.m., NBC/4). Scripted closers: James Patterson's "Zoo" (Tuesday at 9 p.m., CBS/2), Denis Leary's "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" (Thursday at 10 p.m., FX), and "Graceland" (Thursday at 10 p.m., USA; after marathon Saturday 6 a.m.-Sunday 6 a.m. on Cloo).

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