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Picking through the TV listings, March 30-April 5

Wednesday

Criminal Minds, 9 p.m., and CSI: NY, 10 p.m.,

WTSP-Ch. 10

The bulk of CBS's big shows this week break out their first post-writers-strike episodes. These two focus on big ongoing stories: Criminal Minds tackles the case that has been bothering Joe Mantegna's Agent Rossi for 20 years, and CSI: NY picks up its virtual-world killing mystery. Also back are Cold Case, 8:59 tonight; CSI, 9 p.m. Thursday; Ghost Whisperer, 8 p.m. Friday, and Numb3rs, 10 Friday.

Tonight

m The Capture of the Green River Killer, 8 p.m., Lifetime Movie Network

This two-part miniseries about the notorious serial killer is worth attention just because it gives work to two actors the masses don't appreciate enough: Tom Cavanagh, above, was quirkily charming as the star of Ed and the too-short-lived Love Monkey, and is always quality in supporting roles (currently as Eli Stone's doomed dad on ABC); here he plays Detective Dave Reichert, who spent 20 years tracking down the killer of 48 Seattle-area women in the 1980s and '90s. James Marsters was Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Spike and can play it straight as well as twisted without missing a beat; in this story, which concludes Monday, he steps into the brain of Ted Bundy, to whom Reichert went for insight into the killer.

SEASON PREMIERE: The Tudors, 9 p.m., Showtime

If you want a factual account of England at the time of Henry VIII, watch the History channel. In its second season, this series will continue to play fast and loose with the facts because, creator-writer Michael Hirst tells the New York Times, he was hired to write the king's story as if it were a Young and the Restless spinoff. And, he said, he wanted to do a show people would actually watch.

Tuesday

The Beverly Hillbillies' Jethro's No Fool Night,

9 p.m., TV Land

Jethro Bodine was a man of such promise, such optimism, such delusion, one who never let his lack of talent and brains stand in his way. In celebration of April Fools' Day, relive his greatest educational and professional pursuits in a five-episode minimarathon.

Friday

The complete Star Wars saga, 8 p.m., Spike TV

It's a TV event for the fan who doesn't keep the DVDs playing continually in the room he/she has made into an exact replica of the Millennium Falcon cockpit, complete with stuffed Chewbacca in the co-pilot seat. Beginning this night with Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace and stretching over this weekend and next, all six movies will air in the story's chronological order. The network says they will be digitally remastered versions of the films, shown uncut and presented in HD where available. The schedule is at

www.spike.com.

SEASON PREMIERE: Battlestar Galactica,

10 p.m., SciFi Channel

Everyone connected with this show and its fans say this is more than science fiction; at its heart, the series examines what it means to be human. It just happens to take place on a battleship in space that's filled with humans who survived a war with a race of robots known as the Cylons and who are searching for a mythical refuge called Earth.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Picking through the TV listings, March 30-April 5 03/29/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 11:03am]

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