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TV Junkie: The Egyptian Tonight; Betty White Hosts 'SNL' Tomorrow; 'Breaking Bad' Sunday
Is it really the end of the line for the Killer Cousins in AMC's "Breaking Bad"? We'll find out on Sunday at 10pm
Weekend EditionWeekend Highlights: Saturday - We've eagerly been anticipating Betty White's hosting of "Saturday Night Live" since we reported on it in March. She was great on Jimmy Fallon last night and we feel pretty confident that the comedy veteran will have elicited the best writing and performances the "SNL" crew can muster. We're expecting impressive numbers of viewers both from the successful Facebook effort that got White to do the gig as well as older viewers who don't regularly watch "SNL". White will be going straight from the "SNL" wrap up party to her new show on TV Land, "Hot In Cleveland", which begins production on Monday. There's plenty of Hollywood "A"-listers who wish they were as hot a commodity as the 88 year-old White. [Be sure to check out our interview with her at the 2010 SAG Awards at the end of this post.]
Sunday - Watch the "Tour of California Preview" on Versus to get the lowdown on the most internationally recognized bike race in the United States. The show will review the race route and the international roster of cycling stars who will be participating from May 16-23. You can also check out the event's website to get even more detailed particulars on the 3 stages that will run in or near greater Los Angeles, including the downtown time trial. On Sunday night, the focus will be on AMC's "Breaking Bad" although we don't know how they're going to be able to top last week's jaw-dropping episode. We've been going back through our interviews with Dean Norris ("Hank Schrader"), Anna Gunn ("Skyler White"), Brian Cranston, and Aaron Paul - and everything they've said, all the little hints, have absolutely born fruit so far this season. Every week we wonder how much worse things can get and yet they manage to do it. [Spoiler Alert] Is it really the end of the line for the Killer Cousins from Mexico? They seemed to be a Terminator-like, unstoppable force but perhaps that little insight we got into their humanity at the beginning of last week's episode heralded their downfall. We can't wait to get more from what is the best show on television this weekend. [We were thrilled to hear the name "Heisenberg" in last night's rerun of "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan's "old" show, "The X-Files" on Syfy. "Brand X" was the episode and it's a good one.]
Last Fall we interviewed horror icon Robert Englund about his FEARnet series "Fear Clinic" and this weekend the series will take part in a special event, "American Cinematheque Blows Up The Internet" at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Select clips and episodes from the 2010 Streamy winners will be shown, as well as appearances by FEARnet's "Fear Clinic" director/special effects artist Robert Hall and producer Mark Johnson. Also appearing will be actor/writer/producer Illeana Douglas, actor Kevin Pollack, actor David Faustino ("Married With Children"), and many more. The event is tonight from 7:30-9:30pm, tickets and details here.
The TV Junkie Plan: Friday - Bill Maher (David Frum, Salman Rushdie, Sarah Silverman), "Stargate Universe", "Party Down", "The Soup" (10:30 replay), Letterman, Ferguson (Steven Wright). Saturday - "Doctor Who", Graham Norton, "SNL" (Betty White, Jay-Z). Sunday - "Tour of California Preview", "The Tudors", "Breaking Bad", "Treme" (11pm replay).
8:00pm Real Time With Bill Maher HBO - Journalist David Frum; journalist Alexis Glick; author Salman Rushdie; historian Alan Brinkley; comic Sarah Silverman.
9:00pm Kitchen Nightmares Fox - Chef Ramsay visits a once-popular Danish restaurant to try and help a stubborn owner in denial
9:00pm Funny or Die Presents HBO - "The Amazing Adventures of David and Jennie," "Designated Driver," "Space Baby," "Men of Unquiet Desperation," "Day by Day."
9:00pm Primetime: What Would You Do? ABC - People react to an intoxicated woman in a bar who cannot get herself home; store clerks are dishonest when a customer tries to redeem a winning lottery ticket
9:00pm Need to Know PBS/KCET - The 50th Anniversary of the Pill; Gun Policy; Gulf Oil Crisis
9:00pm Stargate Universe Syfy - When a drive module on the Destiny explodes, the crew calls upon a brilliant Earth Scientist to help find a solution.
9:00pm Say Yes to the Dress TLC - 2 new episodes
9:30pm The Ricky Gervais Show HBO - Karl is asked to reveal the most romantic thing he has done for his girlfriend; Karl creates a jingle; "Monkey News."
10:00pm The Soup E! - Joel McHale and crew brings it!!
10:00pm Party Down Starz - Catering an orgy proves to be the wrong place for Ron to deal with his recent breakup; Roman seizes the opportunity to help the host create the ideal orgy atmosphere.
10:00pm Friday Night With Jonathan Ross BBC America - Russell Crowe; Reginald D. Hunter; Dizzee
10:00pm Merlin Syfy - After being accused of stealing, Merlin goes into hiding; Catrina's influence over Uther increases.
10:30pm Friday Night Lights NBC - Series Return. Coach Taylor struggles to pull the East Dillon Lions together; Tami navigates the new politics at West Dillon
10:30pm Gravity Starz - As Lily and Miller begin to form a more personal relationship, her dream of having her own vintage-clothing boutique becomes a reality; Jorge decides to try his hand at stand-up comedy.
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Amanda Peet; comic Nick Griffin; Wale performs.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actor Don Cheadle; sports commentator Erin Andrews; Lucy Schwartz performs
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Kaley Cuoco; comic Steven Wright; comic Matt Baetz.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Maya Rudolph; actor Common; Court Yard Hounds perform.
8:30pm Bug IFC - (2006) At a rundown desert motel, a woman (Ashley Judd) begins a tentative relationship with a newcomer (Michael Shannon), which quickly degenerates into paranoia after the man insists that he has tiny insects under his skin
9:00pm Doctor Who BBC America - The Doctor hunts the last of the Weeping Angels through the Maze of the Dead
9:30pm Robin and Marian TCM - (1976) Aging Robin Hood (Sean Connery) returns from war and finds Maid Marian (Audrey Hepburn) in a nunnery and the sheriff of Nottingham (Robert Shaw) in charge.
10:00pm The Dish Style - Maksim Chmerkovskiy from "Dancing with the Stars" pays a visit
10:00pm The Graham Norton Show BBC America - Jennifer Lopez; Alan Davies; Ben's Brother
11:25pm Saturday Night Live NBC - Host Betty White; Jay-Z performs.
11:00am Tour of California Preview Show Versus - Preview of the course, teams, and players
7:00pm 'Til Death Fox - Series Finale.
8:00pm The Amazing Race 16 CBS - The remaining teams travel from Shanghai to San Francisco in hopes of winning the million-dollar prize
9:00pm Masterpiece Mystery! PBS/KCET - Foyle's War, Series VI: Foyle must solve a murder while tensions rise between black American soldiers and the locals.
9:00pm The Pacific HBO - Conditions and morality strain the Marines when they are sent to relieve an Army Division.
9:00pm America the Story of Us: Civil War History - As the Civil War rages, the Confederacy's army proves to be formidable, but it can't match Union industry and resources; the Transcontinental Railroad transforms the heartland and unites the nation; the cowboy becomes an American icon.
9:00pm The Tudors Showtime - Henry is devastated to learn of Catherine's infidelities and banishes her from court
9:00pm Desperate Housewives ABC - Angie turns to Gaby for help when Patrick makes a threat; Bree tries to pay Sam off; Mike and Susan face financial woes.
10:00pm Breaking Bad AMC - The family waits for news; Jesse covers at the lab; Walt worries that he and his family are in danger.
10:00pm Treme HBO - Albert presses Councilman Ron Singleton to reopen housing projects; Davis enlists local musicians to cut a campaign CD; Janette cooks for four celebrity chefs; Annie fails to embrace Sonny's houseguest.
Betty White at the 2010 SAG Awards: