On TV this weekend
The 43rd NAACP Image Awards, 8 p.m., NBC Call us crazy, but we think The Help may win something tonight. It's just a hunch.
SEASON FINALE The Life & Times of Tim. 9 p.m., HBO Tim gets to be the "token white boy," courtesy of his boss. That's not really the kind of promotion we'd be looking for.
Merlin, 10 p.m., Syfy Merlin finds out court physician Gaius has been kidnapped as part of Morgana's latest devious plan. Just in time for flu season, too.
I Shouldn't Be Alive, 10 p.m., Animal Planet Some doofus wants to explore Mayan ruins by himself and ends up stranded out in the jungle all alone. Rule of thumb: If you're one giant snake away from never being seen again, don't go.
The Ride, 8 p.m., Showtime Phil Keoghan, host of The Amazing Race, took 40 days off in 2009 and rode his bicycle across America. Wow, we really do need a better train network.
SEASON FINALE My Cat From Hell, 8 p.m., Animal Planet We own cats here at tbt*. We know this means all felines, everywhere, so they won't run out of stories.
SEASON FINALE Pit Boss, 10 p.m., Animal Planet Shorty agrees to be roasted in order to raise money for dog shelters. No, like a comedy roast. The dogs aren't that hungry.
SEASON FINALE Downton Abbey, 9 p.m., PBS The end of Season 2 comes during the Christmas episode, proving once again the time change between here and Merry Olde England is truly brutal.
SEASON PREMIERE The Amazing Race, 8 p.m., CBS In case watching Phil Keoghan's bike-trip documentary last night wasn't enough for you.
SEASON PREMIERE The Celebrity Apprentice, 9 p.m., NBC With the likes of Clay Aiken, Lou Ferrigno, Debbie Gibson, George Takei, Tia Carrere, Adam Carolla, Arsenio Hall, Dee Snider, Paul Teutul Sr. and Cheryl Tiegs, we suddenly have an urge to watch this show for the first time since Gene Simmons was on.
"I Ain't Scared of You": A Tribute to Bernie Mac, 10 p.m., Comedy Central A one-hour special dedicated to the comedian, whose full catchphrase was so filthy, it couldn't be used in full for the show's title.
SEASON FINALE Pan Am, 10 p.m., ABC When your headlining guest star is the owner of Lucky Strike from Mad Men, it's no wonder your show is on the bubble of cancellation.
— Joshua Gillin [email protected]