Television Some weekend fests

Saturday September 1, 2012


TV never takes a holiday. Well, actually, it takes all holidays, and fills them with mara thons. Let’s say TV isn’t taking Labor Day off.

Even before Monday, weekend festivals get the party going.

So, say goodbye to summer with some cool viewing all beginning today.

Weekend treats

"Doctor Who" (Through 10 p.m., BBC America)

"Best of the Doctor" special kicks off today’s season 5 marathon, into tomorrow’s season 6 marathon, concluding with the 9 p.m. season 7 premiere.

"The Hills" (Through 9 p.m. Sunday, MTV)

Lauren, Audrina, Heidi and Spencer, living large in L. A. Every single episode!

"Moon Machines"

Astronaut Neil Armstrong’s moon landing gets a weekend salute. Saturday: "When We Left Earth" (7 p. m., Discovery); "In the Shadow of the Moon" (8 p.m., Science), plus the premiere of "One Giant Leap: A Neil Armstrong Tribute" (8 p.m., Discovery)

"Top 100 Hip Hop Hits" (Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., fuse). Count ‘em down.

"The Soul Man" (Saturday 1-7 p.m., TV Land)

New church sitcom with Cedric the Entertainer and Niecy Nash.

"Hatfields & McCoys" (Saturday 6 p.m.-midnight, A&E)

Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton star in the Western miniseries hit.

"Perry Mason" (Sunday 6 a.m.-Tuesday 6 a.m., Hallmark Movie Channel)

The first 24 post-series TV movies, starting with 1985’s "Perry Mason Returns."

"Longmire" (Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., A&E)

Acclaimed modern-day Wyoming Western crime drama.

"Push Girls" (Sunday 1-8 p.m., Sundance)

Smart docuseries of four feisty young women in wheelchairs.

Monday movies

Superhero cinema (Sunday night at midnight, Encore)

Campy ‘80s fave "Flash Gordon" leads off a 24-hour festival that includes "Spawn" and "The Green Hornet." Highlight: all four movies with Christopher Reeve as "Superman" (Monday 11:45 a.m.-8 p.m.).

Jerry Lewis comedies (5 a.m. -1 p.m.; 1-9 p.m.; 9 p.m.-5 a.m., Antenna TV)

Three airings of four late ‘60s flicks: "Three on a Couch," "The Big Mouth," "Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River" and "Hook, Line and Sinker."

Clint Eastwood Westerns (10:15 a.m.-8 p.m., AMC)

Director Sergio Leone’s "Man With No Name" trio: "A Fistful of Dollars," "For a Few Dollars More" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."

Festival classics (6 a.m.-Tuesday 6:15 a.m., Turner Classic Movies)

Wide-ranging titles shown at the Telluride Film Festival include the silent "Greed," screwball gem "The Palm Beach Story" and Tilda Swinton in "Orlando."

Monday series

"Monk" (6 a.m.-Tuesday 6 a.m. Universal HD) Tony Shalhoub’s best, in HD.

"M*A*S*H" (8 a.m.-4 p. m., TV Land)

Followed by "M*A*S*H" 30th Reunion" (4-6 p.m.).

"Gossip Girl" (9 a.m. -3 a.m., Style)

Relive the first season.

"Torchwood" (10 a.m.-8 p.m., Starz in Black) "Miracle Day" in its entirety.

"Boardwalk Empire" (noon-midnight, HBO Signature)

Revisit season 2 before the third season starts Sept. 16.


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