Weekend Preview: The Day Of The Doctor Has Finally Arrived

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special (BBC America, Saturday 2:50 p.m.) — They are simulcasting the Day of the Doctor both here and in the UK, which means we get it at a funky time, but expect amazing things from the return of David Tennant and Billie Piper, as well as several other Who alums. I also have a sneaking suspicion that Matt Smith may regenerate in the 50th Anniversary special, instead of the Christmas special, as we’ve been told. I am stoked beyond measure.

The Walking Dead (AMC, Sunday 9 p.m.) — Robert Kirkman has been saying that he wanted to bring his source material back into the series (which was part of the reason they switched showrunners again) and the penultimate episode of the mid-season threatens to pit the Governor against Rick in a huge scene straight out of the graphic novels (here’s a spoilerish preview).

Boardwalk Empire (HBO, Sunday 9 p.m.) — SEASON FINALE. You know what show never disappoints when it comes to season finales? This one. People will die. Here’s a look at the five characters most likely to bite it.

Saturday Night Live (NBC, Saturday 11:30) — Josh Hutcherson, the cardboard cutout they put in the Hunger Games franchise, will scoot on over to SNL this weekend, which may actually bode well for the show. The cast often does well when they can pretty much ignore the host, and Hutcherson is easy to ignore.

Raising Hope (Fox, Friday 9:00) — Last week’s fourth season premiere landed with a miserable .7 rating, so if you want to keep a great show around — and Garret Dillahunt and Martha Plimpton employed — try to check out tonight’s episode. It has virtually no chance of continuing beyond this season, but hopefully it can at least go out with some dignity.

Sunday Night Football (NBC, 8:20 p.m.) — Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots. 80/20 odds on Patriots fans booing Wes Welker’s return to Foxborough. Ingrates.

Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles (HBO, Saturday 10:00) — In Silverman’s latest stand-up special, she talks about her aging breasts. No, really.

Bob’s Burgers (Fox, Sunday 8:30 p.m.) — Necessary.