Weekend Preview: ‘The Walking Dead’ Returns And HBO Premieres Its Cocaine-Fueled ’70s Rock Drama, ‘Vinyl’

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The Walking Dead (AMC, Sunday 9:00 p.m.) — The Walking Dead meets Sons of Anarchy when Daryl and Co. are stopped by a biker gang trying to gank their gear in the mid-season premiere.

Vinyl (HBO, Sunday 9:00 p.m.) — Bobby Cannavale plays visionary, but volatile record producer Richie Finestra as he works to pioneer a new age of rock and roll between doing lines in the bathroom and screwing up his marriage. Well, those last two things might be a two-birds, one-stone situation, but you get the idea.

Saturday Night Live (NBC, Saturday 11:30 p.m.) — Kanye either cleared the controversial lyric with Taylor Swift, or he didn’t. Either way, he’s following up his sold-out MSG album release party/listening party/fashion show with a performance on SNL as Melissa McCarthy hosts.

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO, Sunday 11:00 p.m.) — John Oliver promises to focus more on the process than the personalities of the ongoing presidential primaries, but we’re guessing it’s going to be a metaphoric bloodbath either way. Season three premieres on Sunday.

NBA All-Star Celebrity Game (ESPN, Friday 7:00 p.m.) — Drizzy and Kevin Hart serve as the respective head coaches as Jason Sudeikis, Blue Jays outfielder/bat flip maestro Jose Bautista, King Hipster/Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler, that guy from Property Brothers and other famous faces try to prove they’re mildly athletic at the NBA All-Star Game in Toronto.

The Vampire Diaries (The CW, Friday 8:00 p.m.) — Julian is still pulling Damon’s strings and Bonnie, Nora and Mary Louise are hot on the trail of vampire hunter named Rayna.

Sleepy Hollow (FOX, Friday 8:00 p.m.) — Jenny and her father do that whole “you can’t handle the truth dance” over what really happened to her sister.

The Originals (The CW, Friday 9:00 p.m.) — Elijah’s still trying to get a stranglehold on The Strix and a new coven of witches is trying to track down a special weapon.

Grimm (NBC, Friday 9:00 p.m.) — Eve plays a weird version of Zero Dark Thirty while Nick, Hank and Wu are chasing a serial killer.

NBA Rising Stars Challenge (TNT, Friday 9:00 p.m.) — The NBA’s annual Rookies vs. Sophomores game.

Children’s Hospital (Adult Swim, Friday 11:00 p.m.) — Jetpacks, giant bears, vigilante assassins or other some such nonsense invades the hospital causing some combination of hilarity and chaos to inevitably ensue.

NBA All-Star Saturday Night (TNT, Saturday 8:00 p.m.) — Zach LaVine, Will Barton, Andre Drummond and Aaron Gordon will try to re-invent the wheel in the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Reveal (TNT, Saturday 10:30 p.m.) — Nick Cannon and Rebecca Romijn reveal the cover of this year’s SI Swimsuit edition.

Madam Secretary (CBS, Sunday 8:00 p.m.) — The great uranium heist in Eastern Europe has Elizabeth tracking down thieves while simultaneously trying to broker a massive arms deal because, ya know, all in a day’s …

The Simpsons (FOX, Sunday 8:00 p.m.) — Professor Frink falls down a slippery slope when he discovers how to make himself attractive to women and somehow ends up playing cupid for all of Springfield’s jabroni residents.

NBA All-Star Game (TBS and TNT, Sunday 8:30 p.m.) — Remember when Tracy McGrady threw the ball off the backboard to himself for the alley-oop? That was cool, right?

The Good Wife (CBS, Sunday 9:00 p.m.) — The first step of a long goodbye as Good Wife fans prepare for the show to depart for good. Also, Alicia and Lucca are back together and have their hands full with a secret new tablet.

Family Guy (FOX, Sunday 9:00 p.m.) — Stewie’s gone country club as he’s trying to make it on the local tennis circuit, and Peter’s unhealthy obsession with his phone turns out to be contagious.

Downton Abbey (PBS, Sunday 9:00 p.m.) — Henry channels his inner Speed Racer and Mrs. Hughes pulls an old play out of Tom Sawyer’s playbook.

Bordertown (FOX, Sunday 9:30 p.m.) — Bud plays Friday Night Lights and faces the same problem Eric Taylor faced when he was pressured to recruit Voodoo Tatum: Do the district lines and/or legal immigration status of a potential star outweigh the flurry of wins he’s likely to bring with him?

Shameless (Showtime, Sunday 9 p.m.) — As if all of the other glimpses into the life of the Gallaghers was totally above board, this episode is called “NSFW.” Also, Helene tries to take the fall for Lip and he’s having none of it.

Billions (Showtime, Sunday 10 p.m.) — Axe pulls an Irish goodbye and Chuck ramps up the investigation.

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