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This weekend on TV: 'Strain' is all about a new kind of vampire
You've never seen vampires quite like the ones in Guillermo del Toro's new series The Strain (Sunday, 11 p.m., FX). It opens with terror aboard an airliner, which ends up on runway with no sign of life aboard. Enter Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) from the CDC, and the horror is off and running. It's intriguing, creepy and downright scary at times.
Also, Friday's crime-of-the-week on Dateline NBC (7 p.m., Ch. 5) features former Utahn Linda LeBrane - a Washington woman who was brutally attacked in Idaho in 2000.
The focus here is on one of the people convicted of the attack, Sarah Pearce. Some witnesses who testified against Pearce now say they're not sure she was there; Lebrane is sure Pearce was.
Friday on TV ...
Crossbones (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Lowe discovers Jagger is more sinister than Blackbeard.
Saturday on TV ...
World Cup soccer (2 p.m., ESPN): The third-place game - Brazil vs. Netherlands
Bad Teacher (7 and 7:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): CBS burns off another couple episodes of this canceled series.
Power (7 and 8:05 p.m., Starz): Ghost and Angela's affair heats up.
MLS (8:30 p.m., Ch. 30): Real Salt Lake at Los Angeles Galaxy
Sunday on TV ...
World Cup soccer (2 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The championship game - Argentina vs. Germany
Rising Star (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The duels begin.
Last Tango in Halifax (7 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Lawrence has difficulty accepting Kate's new relationship.
The Musketeers (7 p.m., BBC America): A former musketeer makes a sudden reappearance.
The Witches of East End (7 and 9 p.m., Lifetime): Wendy is skeptical of Frederick's motives.
The Last Ship (7 and 9 p.m., TNT): Captain Chandler struggles to handle everything from a failing engine system to the possible loss of all of Dr. Scott's research.
Reckless (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Jamie and Roy argue opposing sides in a stand-your-ground case.