Don't start watching the BBC-produced miniseries Titanic and expect it to be like James Cameron's movie "Titanic."
This four-parter was written by Julian Fellowes ("Downton Abbey"), and it's about the people, not the ship. It looks good, but it's not loaded with tens of millions of dollars worth of special effects.
Each of the four hours (Saturday at 7, 8 and 9 p.m.; Sunday at 8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4) starts as the doomed ship sets sail, ends as it sinks, and focuses on different characters.
ABC isn't doing the "Titanic" miniseries any favors by airing its first three episodes back-to-back-to-back. But once you get into the rhythm of the narrative, it's really quite good.
Elsewhere on Friday ...
NBA (6 p.m. ROOT): Utah Jazz at New Orleans Hornets
Undercover Boss (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The CEO of Budge Blinds goes under cover.
The Finder (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Walter searches for a chef who is also being hunted by the mob.
ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends In Concert (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Richie performs with country music stars Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts and Kenny Rogers
Grimm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Nick discovers that Hank is seeing the Hexenbiest who tried to kill Aunt Marie
Art In the Twenty-First Century (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Artists Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui and Catherine Opie are profiled.
Fringe (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Walter goes to the alternate universe to investigate a crime that affects both realities.
20/20 (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Diane Sawyer interviews Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann.
Fairly Legal (10 p.m., USA): Kate helps a client who, through no fault of his own, can't pay his mortgage.
Magic City (11 p.m., Starz): Ike learns that Mike Strauss has disappeared.
In Plain Sight (11 p.m., USA): Mary deals with a troubled drag queen.
Elsewhere on Saturday ...
NBA (6 p.m. ROOT): Utah Jazz at Memphis Grizzlies
MLS (6:30 p.m., Ch. 30): Real Salt Lake at Sporting Kansas City
Escape Routes (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The teams are in Atlanta.
Being Human (7 and 10:15 p.m., BBC America): The friends come between the Old Ones and global destruction.
The Firm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Mitch and Ray confront Andrew.
Horrible Bosses (9 p.m., HBO): Three downtrodden employees come up with a plan to get rid of their horrible bosses in this 2011 comedy. (Rated R)
Moneyball (10 p.m., Starz): Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill star in this Oscar-nominated 2011 baseball movie. (PG-13)
Saturday Night Live (10:30 p.m., Ch. 30): Josh Brolin hosts; Gotye performs
Elsewhere on Sunday ...
The Amazing Race (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The nastiest, least entertaining season of this show since the ill-fated family edition gets nastier still when an early alliance is betrayed, and an unforgiving team savors the opportunity to exact their revenge.
The Simpsons (7 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): Uh, oh. Jimbo's girlfriend falls for Bart.
Harry's Law (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Harry makes a wager that puts the firm's future on the line.
The Killing (7 and 9:04 p.m., AMC): Sarah and Holder identify the mystery man.
Mad Men (8 and 10:04 p.m., AMC): Lane strikes up an unexpected friendship; Pete entertains guests.
Army Wives (7 and 11 p.m., Lifetime): Tanya and Dr. Hanson try to save a wounded soldier.
The Good Wife (8 p.m., CBS/Ch 2): Peter's political rival forces Alica back into the public eye.
Celebrity Apprentice (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Teams have to make puppets and put on a show.
Masterpiece Classic (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Charles Dickens' psychological thriller about a choirmaster's obsession with a 17-year-old girl.
The Client List (8 p.m., Lifetime): Linette begins a new romance.
NYC 22 (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): This is just another show about cops in New York City - and it's not good. It's one cliché after another, filled with the same old characters we've seen a hundred times before.
With one rather ludicrous exception. One of the rookie cops is a former newspaper crime reporter who, after he got laid off, decided to become a policeman. It's laughable..
GCB (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Amanda has to take charge of the church musical.
Frozen Planet (9 p.m., Discovery, TLC): Scientists study the world's southernmost active volcano.
Game of Thrones (10 p.m., HBO): Tyrion sets a series of plots in motion.
Nurse Jackie (10 p.m., Showtime): Jackie faces the truth in rehab.
The Big C (10:30 p.m., Showtime): Adam joins a Bible study group.
Breakout Kings (11 p.m., A&E): An escaped convict goes in search of his girlfriend.
Eastbound & Down (11 p.m., HBO): In the season finale, a twist of fate affects Kenny's future.
The Borgias (11 p.m., Showtime): The father of Lucrezia's child comes to Rome
Girls (11:30 p.m., HBO): Lena Dunham ("Tiny Furniture") created, wrote and stars in this new comedy series about twentysomething women trying to make their way in the big city. It's sort of the anti-"Sex and the City" - these girls are unpleasant and run into many unpleasant situations. The pilot if particularly off-putting, although if you check out the next couple of episodes the characters start to grow on you.
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