This weekend on TV: 'Downton Abbey' season finale; 2 new sitcoms; 2 Utahns on 'Amazing Race'
Season 4 of the international hit "Downton Abbey" finds aristocrats and servants coping with last season’s shocking finale. The acclaimed ensemble is back, including Dame Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Penelope Wilton, and Laura Carmichael—together with returning guest star Academy Award-winner Shirley MacLaine and new guest star Paul Giamatti.
One great series ends (for the season); two promising new series debut; and a couple of Utahns race toward a million dollars this weekend.
In the two-hour season finale of Downton Abbey
(Sunday, 8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7), the Crawleys get caught up trying to prevent the Prince of Wales from a public scandal.
NBC will use the Olympics to launch a pair of sitcoms - both late in the evening and both without commercials. About a Boy
(Saturday, 10:07 p.m., Ch. 5) is a really good adaptation of the book and the movie that also carried that titled. Growing Up Fisher
(Sunday, 9:38 p.m., Ch. 5) is a winning family comedy about a blind man, his estranged wife and their children. (The two shows move to Tuesday at 8 and 8:30 p.m., respectively.)
And Utah father-and-son Dave and Connor O'Leary, who had to drop out of The Amazing Race
(Sunday, 7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) a year ago when Dave suffered an injury, return to race again in an all-star edition of the show.Friday on TV ...Women's college gymnastics
(7 p.m., BYUtv): Southern Utah at BYUGreat Performances
(8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Sting performs highlights from his musical play "The Last Ship."NBA
(8 p.m., ROOT): Utah Jazz at Portland Trail BlazersHelix
(8 and 10 p.m., Syfy): The vectors launch an attack.Saturday on TV ...Men's college basketball
: Portland at BYU (7 p.m., BYUtv)Ripper Street
(7 p.m., BBC America): In the season premiere, Jackson discovers evidence of a power drug on the streets.NBA
(7 p.m., ROOT): Minnesota Timberwolves at Utah JazzBlack Sails
(7, 8 and 9 p.m., Starz): Bonny makes a confession.Sunday on TV ...Men's college basketball
(6 p.m., ESPNU): Arizona State at Utah60 Minutes
(6 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Liam Neeson says the sudden death of his wife, Natasha Richardson, still doesn't seem real, even five years after she died in a skiing accident at the age of 45.The Amazing Race
(7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A new season begins, and among the all-stars are Utah father and son Dave and Connor O'Leary.The Walking Dead
(7, 9 and 10:30 p.m., AMC): Rick has to deal with a number of immediate threats.Winter Olympics
(7:30 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The Closing CeremonyDownton Abbey
(8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): In the two-hour season finale, the Crawleys get caught up trying to prevent the Prince of Wales from a public scandal.Sister Wives
(9 p.m., TLC): The family celebrates their four marriages.True Detective
(10 p.m., HBO): Maggie reveals what happened between Cohle and Hart in 2002.Shameless
(10 p.m., Showtime): Fiona is released from jail.Girls
(11 p.m., HBO): The group celebrates some good news.House of Lies
(11 p.m., Showtime): Roscoe and Lex's relationship becomes a problem.Looking
(11:30 p.m., HBO): Patrick is nervous about Richie meeting his friends.Episodes
(11:30 p.m., Showtime): Beverly is ready to return to England, but Sean is not.
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