March Madness isn't the only game in town for viewers, but the tournament will drive a lot of viewing this weekend, and it will rearrange the CBS lineup. The tourney is playing Friday on CBS and TBS. CBS starts with Louisville-Oregon at 7:15 p.m. and follows with Duke-Michigan State at 9:45. TBS begins its evening with Kansas-Michigan at 7:37.
The tournament will go into CBS prime time Saturday. The network offers games at 4:20 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. On Sunday, the tourney is likely to push back the CBS lineup. Keep that in mind if you're looking for "60 Minutes," "The Amazing Race" and "The Good Wife." "The Mentalist" will be a repeat Sunday. (I've written about the many Sunday dramatic offerings in another post.)
The other networks won't be taking the night off Friday. ABC has moved "Happy Endings" to the night, where back-to-back episodes will play at 8 and 8:30. A new "Shark Tank" at 9 features an 18-year-old entrepreneur with a skin-care line of sugar scrubs and a man offering shrink wrap gift bags.
NBC will counter with fresh installments of "Fashion Star" at 8 and "Grimm" at 9. Fox is offering a "Kitchen Nightmares" repeat at 8, followed by a new "Touch." And The CW delivers fresh installments of "Nikita" at 8 and the low-rated "Cult" at 9.
Then there are news magazines at 10. Savannah Guthrie talks to Cate Edwards, daughter of John Edwards, for "Rock Center With Brian Williams." "The Ultimate Betrayal" on "20/20" explores how relationships can go wrong.
ABC gives over all of Saturday prime time, and more, to "The Ten Commandments." The 1956 classic features Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter and the parting of the Red Sea. The epic starts at 7 p.m. and runs to 11:44.
BBC America brings back Supernatural Saturday. The Peabody-winning "Doctor Who" returns at 8 p.m. with the first of eight new episodes. The Doctor (Matt Smith) is joined by Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman), a new companion. "Orphan Black" debuts at 9. The drama follows Sarah, an orphan, who assumes a dead woman's identity with devastating consequences. "The Nerdist" with Chris Hardwick starts a new season of talk at 10. Hardwick also leads the discussion on "Talking Dead," after "The Walking Dead," at 10 p.m. Sunday on AMC.
For Easter, ABC offers two specials, starting at 7: "It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown" and "Charlie Brown All Stars."
On "60 Minutes," scheduled for 7 on CBS, Bob Simon catches up with some of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Simon delivered a remarkable report on them when he met them 12 years ago. Given Simon's track record, the latest should be wonderful, too.