The 9 p.m. Sunday time slot is crammed with weekend highlights. Consider:
"True Blood" finishes its season with a new crisis threatening Bon Temps. Sookie (Anna Paquin) contemplates her future. The season finale gives Jason (Ryan Kwanten) the chance to experience new feelings. And HBO hints that "Bill (Stephen Moyer) discovers that salvation comes at a price." But it won't be the end, because HBO has renewed the vampire drama.
After last week's rousing return by "Breaking Bad," fans will want to see what's next for Walt White (Bryan Cranston). The episode is called "Buried." AMC provided this preview: "Skyler's past catches up with her, Walt covers his tracks, and Jesse continues to struggle with his guilt."
Reality contest "Whodunnit?" finishes its season on ABC. "Unforgettable" continues its summer run on CBS. NBC offers two hours of "Crossing Lines." PBS' "Masterpiece" rolls out a new version of "The Lady Vanishes." But if you've never seen the Hitchcock original, I'd suggest looking for that terrific 1938 thriller.
And that's just the 9 p.m. Sunday time slot. So much for the slow summer days of television.
Preseason football will fill many other time slots this weekend. The Colts are at the New York Giantsat 7 p.m. Sunday on Fox. The Jaguars take on the Jets at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on WFTV-Channel 9. The Dolphins play the Texans at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on WRDQ-Channel 27. The Buccaneers take on the Patriots at 8 p.m. Friday on WOFL-Channel 35.
On Saturday, "Cheers" favorite Kirstie Alley shows her dramatic skill in "Baby Sellers" at 8 p.m. on Lifetime. She plays the respected owner of an adoption agency who has a dark secret: She traffics in babies. Jennifer Finnigan co-stars as an immigration agent determined to stop her.
On Friday, ABC's "20/20" examines "Famous Parents, Famous Problems" at 10. Those famous parents include Halle Berry, Jason Patric, Jennifer Garner and Usher.
Also on Friday, CBS' "The Young and the Restless" again honors the late Jeanne Cooper at 12:30 p.m. This time, the daytime drama will announce that Cooper's character, Katherine Chancellor, has died. Friday's episode will be the first of several about Katherine's passing. The remarkable Cooper died in May. She had appeared on "Y&R" for nearly 40 years.
TCM continues its Summer Under the Stars festival saluting a different performer each day. On Friday, the channel honors Ann Blyth, who played Joan Crawford's awful daughter in "Mildred Pierce."That 1945 drama screens at 8 p.m. On Saturday, it's Wallace Beery day. TCM rolls out two classics: "Grand Hotel" at 8 p.m. and "Dinner at Eight" at 10 p.m. On Sunday, TCM celebrates Natalie Wood. "Rebel Without a Cause" airs at 1:45 p.m., and "Splendor in the Grass" can be seen at 3:45 p.m. The latter contains Wood's finest performance.