On TV this weekend, April 15-17

On TV this weekend

FRIDAY

SEASON PREMIERE Friday Night Lights, 8 p.m., NBC In case you didn't already watch it on DirecTV. Or, judging by the ratings, didn't watch it at all.

SERIES PREMIERE Killer Outbreaks, 9 p.m., Animal Planet A new show about how doctors fight possible epidemics brought on by dirty vermin. If only the Mongols had this show to warn them before they brought the Black Death across Asia to Europe.

SEASON FINALE The Ricky Gervais Show, 9 p.m., HBO Ricky asks Karl if he'd be willing to live a Matrix-style virtual life. Only if a chubby British guy would quit asking him dumb questions in that virtual life, he answers.

SERIES PREMIERE American Restoration, 10 p.m., History Rick Dale from Pawn Stars gets his own spin-off. That's a heck of a way to advertise his new family business. He's a marketing genius!

SEASON PREMIERE Sanctuary, 10 p.m., Syfy Magnus and friends get into Praxis, but aren't exactly welcomed with open arms. Well, that's why they call it Hollow Earth.

SATURDAY

Truth Be Told, 8 p.m., Fox The girl from Full House pretends to marry the guy from JAG so she can meet some media bigwig. We'll be too busy rocking out to Lady Gaga at the Forum, so tell us how this turns out.

SEASON PREMIERE Parking Wars, 10 p.m., A&E This show was way better when it was just Philadelphia. How can Detroit have parking problems? No one lives there anymore.

SUNDAY

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, 8 p.m., ABC Derek Jeter surprises a dad paralyzed in a car crash. Does he build the guy an $8 million waterfront mansion, then have Minka Kelly come over for dinner?

SERIES PREMIERE Game of Thrones, 9 p.m., HBO The latest epic swords-and-sorcery series to hit cable. We do so hope there will be lots of bloodletting and treachery.

TV Land Awards 2011, 9 p.m., TV Land Look and see how old Justine Bateman, Bill Cosby, Mindy Cohn and Gabe Kaplan got after they left your favorite TV shows from the '80s. Hint: Very.

Undercover Boss, 9 p.m., CBS Shelly Sun, the CEO and co-founder of home health-care staffing provider BrightStar Care, which has offices in Tampa and Clearwater, will be the star of tonight's show. Insert topical Medicare joke here.

Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe, 9 p.m., USA Just how did Bruce Campbell's character turn into Bruce Campbell's character? Well, it all started last summer at this cabin in the woods …

— Joshua Gillin jgillin@tampabay.com

On TV this weekend, April 15-17 04/14/11 [Last modified: Thursday, April 14, 2011 5:48pm]

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