Homeland (Showtime, Sunday) — Series premiere. The cast (Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin) is unquestionably solid, and this is drawing rave reviews, but I dunno. I just don’t buy that a Marine scout/sniper could be part of an Al Qaeda sleeper cell (although he IS a ginger, so I suppose it’s possible). Judge for yourself: the entire pilot episode is embedded below.
Breaking Bad (AMC, Sunday) — With only two episodes left this season, things are once again unraveling for Walt. Last week’s episode got a ton of praise from fans of the show, but I thought the death that occurred was pretty cheesy and cheap. (Photoshop via)
Baseball Playoffs (TBS, all weekend) — Tune in to learn which heavily-promoted TBS show you will grow to hate.
Prohibition (PBS, Sunday) — Ken Burns’s three-part documentary is just like “Boardwalk Empire,” except without any of the tits or action or great acting or moving pictures. Why, it’s almost as exciting as reading a book!
Fringe (Fox, Friday) — Well geeks, your voices were heard. I’ve recruited my nerdiest friends to write about your favorite multi-dimensional show. Nothing’s final yet, but stay tuned.
Dexter (Showtime, Sunday) — Season premiere. Edward James Olmos, Mos Def, and Colin Hanks join the show. Eh, two outta three ain’t bad.
Saturday Night Live (NBC) — Melissa McCarthy hosts with musical guest Lady Antebellum. Watch the promos here.