TV Picks

TV picks for the coming week

bcain@newsobserver.comMarch 6, 2014 

Blair Underwood and Cicely Tyson star in the Lifetime Original Movie, “The Trip to Bountiful.”

BOB MAHONEY — Photo by Bob Mahoney

  • Other highlights

    • Also Saturday, Lena Dunham (“Girls” on HBO) hosts “Saturday Night Live” with musical guest National. 11:30 p.m. on NBC.

    • The “Good Wife” is finally back on Sunday (9 p.m., CBS) after a two-month break, with Florrick-Agos and Lockhart-Gardner once again fighting over a lucrative client. And of course, the investigation into election fraud continues.

    • Also Sunday, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” is the long-anticipated, 13-episode reboot of Carl Sagan’s classic 1980 PBS series. Hosted by revered science nerd (and astrophysicist) Neil deGrasse Tyson, the new “Cosmos” conveys both the rigor and wonder of science to the masses the way the original series stirred viewers of public television in the 1980s. It debuts at 9 p.m. on 10 networks: Fox, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Fox Life, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Mundo. On subsequent weeks, the show will air at 9 p.m. Sundays on Fox, with an enhanced repeat on Mondays at 10 on the National Geographic Channel.

    • The first season of “True Detective” on HBO ends Sunday (9 p.m.), with Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) finding a new lead in their 17-year-old case.

    • And the ACC basketball tournament starts Wednesday, with games airing through Sunday on WRAL and ESPN or ESPN2. See theacc.com for the full schedule.

Lifetime remakes Horton Foote’s classic “The Trip to Bountiful” with Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer. It’s the story of an elderly woman who lives with her overprotective son and yearns for a little freedom. When he refuses to take her to visit her hometown of Bountiful, she escapes to the bus station to make the trip on her own. The story was originally written by Foote for TV (and was also on Broadway), and Geraldine Page won an Oscar for her role in the 1985 film version. It debuts Saturday at 8 p.m. but should repeat prodigiously.

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