- Last Updated: 12:47 AM, May 24, 2012
- Posted: 11:23 PM, May 23, 2012
Your weekly guide to TV’s best and worst one-hour shows
What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than by melting into your couch for the weekend to watch TV marathons. Pick your poison to avoid sunshine and friends:
You’ll head to the barbecue after this episode . . . Who are you kidding? Waste the entire weekend by getting sucked into an endless stream of procedurals. Kick off your Memorial Day with “Law & Order: SVU” (Friday, 3-11 p.m., USA) and relax with Stabler (Christopher Meloni) and Benson (Mariska Hargitay) as they solve a few murders, maybe a rape or two, and some child endangerment cases. If you’re feeling guilty that you haven’t actually acknowledged the holiday’s original purpose, salve your guilty conscious by saluting militaristic “NCIS” with its 14-hour marathon starting Saturday at 9 a.m. on USA. See, even the channel is patriotic!
Good bad movies:
There are plenty of big-screen blockbusters scattered across the cable channels, but if you prefer your movie marathons with extra cheese, your best bets are Syfy and Lifetime. Syfy invades the early part of the weekend with a Friday “Nightmare on Elm Street” block, followed by a laughable string of its Saturday original flicks, including “Sharktopus” (Saturday, 11 p.m.) and “Dinocroc vs. Supergator” (Saturday, 1 p.m. and Sunday, 1 a.m.). As a bonus, the network for the pasty-face premieres “Super Shark” (Saturday, 9 p.m.) starring mismatched Jimmy “J.J.” Walker and John “Bo Duke” Schneider. Lifetime sticks with its classics, a Meredith Baxter tale from 1992, “A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story” (Sunday, 1 p.m.), and the Nancy McKeon 1989 battered-woman saga, “A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story” (Monday, 10 a.m.), plus take the Jitney to hell with “Murder in the Hamptons” (Sunday, 7 and 11 p.m.).
That show you never bothered watching:
Making its last effort of the season to hook you on the mob-opera, Starz serves up a marathon of the first seven episodes of “Magic City” (Friday, 9 p.m.), before the first-season finale next Friday. The series aimed at being a cross between “Mad Men” and “The Sopranos” but mostly came off looking like a cheap “Goodfellas.” Not that it’s improved vastly, but the series has shown some growth among its characters, particularly, trophy wife Vera (Olga Kurylenko), who proves her worth in the season finale. On most networks, this show would’ve been body bagged already, but this is Starz, so “Magic” was renewed for a second round even before the series premiere.