Best tube bets this weekend
The top draws on broadcast and cable and in sports
January 18, 2013
Best bet on broadcast: Fox, “Fringe,” 8 p.m. Series finale. The team prepares for its final battle against the Observers.
Best bet on cable: OWN, “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” 9 p.m. The second half of Oprah’s two-parter with Lance Armstrong.
Top sporting event: ESPN, “NBA Basketball,” 8 p.m. Good Eastern Conference matchup between the Bulls and Celtics.
Best bet on broadcast: NBC, “Saturday Night Live,” 11:30 p.m. Actress Jennifer Lawrence hosts with musical guest the Lumineers.
Best bet on cable: TBS, “Wedding Band,” 10 p.m. Season finale. To get back at the band, Roxie hires a Def Leppard tribute group. That’ll show ’em.
Top sporting event: ESPN, “College Basketball,” 4 p.m. No. 6 Syracuse takes on No. 1 Louisville in a Big East battle.
Best bet on broadcast: CBS, “NFL Football,” 6:30 p.m. AFC Championship between the Ravens and Patriots will no doubt dominate primetime.
Best bet on cable: Disney Channel, “Good Luck Charlie,” 8 p.m. In an hour-long episode, Spencer considers going to college early, while Amy starts a blog about being a mother.
Top sporting event: Fox, “NFL Football,” 3:30 p.m. Championship game on the NFC side, this between San Francisco and Atlanta.
A look at this week’s top TV draws
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18
|8 p.m.||CW||“Nikita” (D)||Nikita finds out the identity of the mole from Birkhoff.|
|8 p.m.||Fox||“Fringe” (D)||Series finale. Olivia sets off on an extremely dangerous mission.|
|9 p.m.||History||“The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents” (N)||The fourth and final installment picks up in 1945.|
|9 p.m.||Investigation Discovery||“Desperate Measures” (N)||Series premiere. Looking at people who commit desperate violent crimes.|
|10 p.m.||VH1||“Best Week Ever” (C)||Examining the latest goings on in pop culture.|
|10 p.m.||HBO||“Real Time with Bill Maher” (C)||Season premiere. The political comedy show begins its 11th season.|
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19
|3 p.m.||NBC||“NHL Hockey” (S)||The league returns after its extended player lockout.|
|8 p.m.||ABC||“20/20″ (N)||A special Saturday edition of the newsmagazine.|
|8 p.m.||Lifetime||“Prosecuting Casey Anthony” (M)||A movie version of the murder case involving Casey Anthony.|
|9 p.m.||FX||“UFC Fighting” (S)||Live coverage of fighting from Sao Paulo in Brazil.|
|9 p.m.||Syfy||“Tasmanian Devil” (M)||Five people parachute into a remote and dangerous part of Tasmania.|
|9:45 p.m.||HBO||“Boxing” (S)||Among the bouts is a featherweight title fight between Orlando Salido and Miguel Angel Garcia.|
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20
|3 p.m.||Fox||“NFL Football” (S)||The NFC championship game between San Francisco and Atlanta.|
|6:30 p.m.||CBS||“NFL Football” (S)||AFC title game between New England and Baltimore will set up this year’s Super Bowl.|
|9 p.m.||PBS||“Downton Abbey” (D)||With Tom wanted in Ireland, he and Sybil head to Downton.|
|9 p.m.||E!||“Kourtney and Kim Take Miami” (R)||Season premiere. This is nothing new–Kim is concerned about her sister’s relationship with Scott.|
|10 p.m.||CBS||“Hawaii Five-0″ (D)||Should perform well on a special night following the AFC championship game.|
|10 p.m.||HBO||“Girls” (C)||Hannah loses confidence after Sandy criticizes her essay.|
|A = awards show or special, C = comedy, D = drama, DD = daytime drama, G = game show, K = kids, M = movie, N = news/documentary, R = reality, S = sports, T = talk/variety show.|
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