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March 2011 Archives

SATURDAY



"Mildred Pierce" (7 p.m., Turner Classic Movies): Worried that you won't be ready for HBO's "Mildred Pierce" miniseries? Brush up on your Joan Crawford with this brilliantly timed airing of the 1945 original.

"Overnight Delivery" (8 p.m., Lifetime): I have a soft spot for this 1998 movie that starred a brunette Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and "L.A. Law's" Larry Drake. Sadly, Jim Belushi's work was edited out.

"The Best of Laugh-In" (9 p.m., WTTW-Channel 11): Efficient!

"Norm Macdonald: Me Doing Stand-Up" (10:30 p.m., Comedy Central): Whet your appetite for his upcoming Comedy Central series "Sports Show With Norm Macdonald," which premieres April 12. I very much admire his titles. One wonders how he'd do naming nail polishes. (Pink. Red.)

SUNDAY



"Travel Channel Uncut: Bloopers and Wrong Turns" (7 p.m., Travel): I suspect that airport security looms large.

"Mildred Pierce" (8 p.m., HBO): Parts one and two of five. Kate Winslet stars, Melissa Leo steals scenes, and Todd Haynes (2002's "Far From Heaven") directs. My review is in the Sunday paper.

"Army Wives" (8 p.m., Lifetime): The episode is titled "On Behalf of a Grateful Nation," so have tissues ready (or a long sleeve).

"William & Kate: Inside the Royal Wedding" (9 p.m., TLC): Will they play the traditional "All the Single Ladies" for the bouquet toss?

"Martha Stewart Presents: Men Who Make Us Laugh" (7 p.m., Hallmark): Well, not all of them, but Conan O'Brien and Seth Meyers are a good start.

"Amazing Wedding Cakes" (9 p.m., WE): The new season starts with a leaning Tower of Pisa cake and more. Don't choke on those Swarovski crystals!

SATURDAY



"Thunder Road" (5 p.m., Turner Classic Movies): Robert Mitchum returns from the Korean War to take over the family's moonshine business, which is just as dangerous. Fun fact: Mitchum wanted Elvis Presley to play his little brother in the movie, but Col. Parker vetoed the idea. The role went to Mitchum's son James, instead.

"Must Love Cats" (7 p.m., Animal Planet): Cat stories for all the members of your feline family.

"Great Performances" (9:30 p.m. on WTTW-Channel 11): Billy Joel performs at Shea Stadium circa 2008, with appearances from Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks and Tony Bennett.

SUNDAY



"Shark Tank" (8 p.m., WLS-Channel 7): If you had any doubts about the sharks' credibility, the season premiere includes an update from a first-season entrepreneur. After this, look for the show on Fridays.

"Celebrity Apprentice" (8 p.m., WMAQ-Channel 5): Gary Busey gets to be project leader.

"Detroit 1-8-7" (9 p.m., WLS-Channel 7): Fitch's nemesis from New York makes an impression on Detroit in the season finale. No word yet on the show's renewal.

"Breakout Kings" (9 p.m., A&E): "Prison Break's" T-Bag character (Robert Knepper), a one-armed white supremacist, stirs things up.

"Big Love" (8 p.m., HBO): Series finale! Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn) is looking at another church, and Bill (Bill Paxton) is looking at a 20-year prison sentence. The Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines contributes a cover of "God Only Knows."

"Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" (8 p.m., Fused): The 26th gala honors Neil Diamond, Tom Waits, Dr. John, Alice Cooper, Darlene Love and Leon Russell.

SATURDAY



"Band of Brothers" marathon (11:17 a.m., Spike): It's going to be a long day, so pack plenty of field rations.

"Best Player" (7 p.m., Nickelodeon): One video game whiz tries to sabotage another by befriending her and dating her mother. Starring Jerry Trainor and Jennette McCurdy, who are both regulars on "iCarly," but are playing different characters here, so parental discretion is advised if you're already confused.

"Rascal Flatts: Nothing Like This" (8 p.m., WLS-Channel 7): The St. Paul, Minn., concert includes appearances by Natasha Bedingfield and Justin Bieber (and his new haircut).



"Runnin' Rebels of UNLV" (8:30 p.m., HBO): My favorite: sports documentaries! This one's about coach Jerry Tarkanian and his somewhat suspicious success. 


"Secret Millionaire" (9 p.m., WLS-Channel 7): If you missed the premiere, here's another chance to see it. If the lottery isn't working out for you, it's always nice to have a backup plan.

SUNDAY



"The Simpsons" (7 p.m., WFLD-Channel 32): When Cheech and Chong break up (again), Homer steps in as "Cheech and Chunk."

"Beverly Hills Chuhuahua 2" (8 p.m., ABC Family): George Lopez and Odette Yustman voice Papi and Chloe, who try to rescue their owners. The original movie is on at 6 p.m., if you want the full experience.

"Sister Wives" (8 p.m., TLC): The new season starts with the Brown kids attending their first day of public school. I have a bad feeling about this.

"Las Vegas Jailhouse" (9 p.m., TruTV): From the official description: "A Canadian man missing pants wants to arm wrestle guards."

SATURDAY



"Saturday Night Live" (10:30 p.m., WMAQ-Channel 5): Miley Cyrus is hosting, to let us know that she's in on the joke. Musical guest: The Strokes.

"Caroline Rhea & Friends" (8 p.m., Showtime): The comic introduces up-and-comers Costaki Economopoulos, Ryan Hamilton, Page Hurwitz and Liam McEneaney. Fun fact: Rhea voices the mom on "Phineas and Ferb."

SUNDAY



"America's Next Great Restaurant" (7 p.m., WMAQ-Channel 5): Bobby Flay, Curtis Stone and the guy who founded the Chipotle chain look for a concept to invest their own money in. The three-star series is fun (why not name a restaurant Saucy Balls?), but anyone familiar with Richard Melman's genius will yawn. 



"Undercover Boss" (8 p.m., WBBM-Channel 2): Mark Mallory, the mayor of Cincinnati, goes incognito as a municipal employee and sanitation worker.

"Daniel Tosh: Happy Thoughts" (8 p.m., Comedy): Both Mormons and the Amish are covered in this stand-up performance by the star of "Tosh.0."

"Chopped All-Stars" (8 p.m., Food): Chicago's Ted Allen hosts this competition. On the first episode, fan favorites from "The Next Food Network Star" grapple with a Scottish red-leg partridge.



"Breakout Kings" (9 p.m., A&E): Fox passed on this new series about imprisoned escape artists who help track down other escapees. My review is in the Sunday section.

"Taking on Tyson" (9 p.m., Animal Planet): Mike Tyson returns to the old New York neighborhood to . . . race pigeons. Is that legal?

"Coming Home" (9 p.m., Lifetime): Families are reunited with soldiers who've served long tours of duty. Fun fact: It's hosted by Matt Rogers, one of the top 12 contestants on season three of "American Idol."

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