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Courtesy Barbara Veiga | Animal Planet Members of the Sea Shepherds aboard the Steve Irwin prepare to do battle with the Japanese whaling fleet as seen on Whale Wars 4.
Weekend TV in Utah: "Whale Wars" heat up again on Animal Planet

Did you see that the battleship U.S.S. Iowa is headed for Southern California to become a museum? I was thinking the Sea Shepherds should have bought it because then they'd finally win the Whale Wars (Friday, 7 and 9 p.m., Animal Planet).

My son, however, pointed out they'd probably just sink themselves. And he's probably right - the Sea Shepherds do seem to have more than their share of troubles, many of them self-inflicted.

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While their leader, Paul Watson, often seems to cross the line of ethical behavior, it's hard to argue that the Japanese whalers are not the villains here. And the fact that the Japanese government spent $29 million of tsunami relief funds on "security" for this year's murderous expedition to the Antarctic is infuriating.

The battle begins again. And if you start watching, it's hard to stop.

Elsewhere on Friday ...

Fairly Legal (10 p.m., USA): Kate and Ben head for Lake Tahoe to try to settle a dispute.

Common Law (11 p.m., USA): Wes and Travis suspect a woman's murder is tied to a dating website.

Elsewhere on Saturday ...

Golf (1 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Third round of The Memorial

Arena Football (6 p.m., Ch. 2.2): Utah Blaze at Kansas City Command

Stanley Cup Finals (6 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Game 2 - Los Angeles Kings at New Jersey Nets

Primary Children's Telethon (7 p.m., Ch. 5): Three-hour benefit.

How to be a Gentleman (7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): CBS burns off another episode of this dreadful sitcom.

Mr. Popper's Penguins (9 p.m., HBO): Jim Carrey stars in this 2011 comedy. (Rated PG)

The Ides of March (10 p.m., Starz): Ryan Gosling and George Clooney star in this 2011 political thriller. (Rated R)

Elsewhere on Sunday ...

Golf (12:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Final round of The Memorial

Secret Millionaire (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Millionaire Scott Jacobs looks for deserving people in Newark, N.J. (Season premiere)

Adele Live in London (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): It's not live, of course, but Adele performs and answers questions from Matt Lauer.

The Killing (7 and 11:08 p.m., AMC): Sarah and Holder are forced to go on the run.

Drop Dead Diva (7 and 11 p.m., Lifetime): Teri tries to get Jane to come home. (Season premiere)

MTV Movie Awards (7 p.m., Logo and MTV2; 10 p.m., MTV, VH1): The awards are meaningless, but the show is generally fun.

Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Chris tries to help a an whose weight has cost him his job and could cost him his relationship.

Miss USA Competition (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): The return of this cultural anachronism.

Mad Men (8 and 10:04 p.m., AMC): Don follows an unexpected lead.

The Client List (8 p.m., Lifetime): Selena starts dating Evan.

The Glades (10 p.m. A&E): UFO conspiracy theorists claim a cover-up in a murder investigation. (Season premiere)

Game of Thrones (10 p.m., HBO): In the season finale, Theon and his men take action; Briene silences Jamie; Jon proves himself.

Ice Road Truckers (10 p.m., History): Warmer-than-usual weather makes road barely passable. (Season premiere)

Nurse Jackie (10 p.m., Showtime): Cruz gets revenge against Jackie's co-workers.

Sister Wives (10 and 10:30 p.m., TLC): Janelle wants to open a gym; Kody and his younger daughters go to a Valentine's Day daddy-daughter event.

The Big C (10:30 p.m., Showtime): Paul learns something about Cathy.

Longmire (11 p.m., A&E): A modern-day cowboy/Wyoming sheriff is faced with a murder in the premiere of this series.

Veep (11 p.m., HBO): Selina orders a ''partial'' full disclosure of all office correspondence.

The Borgias (11 p.m., Showtime: Lucrezia takes a lover.

Girls (11:30 p.m., HBO): Jessa and Marnie meet a guy who is not what he seems.

Teen Wolf (midnight, MTV): This goofy, scary, funny, entertaining series returns for a second season.

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