Weekend Tv: Not So Bad

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November 28, 2008|By David Zurawik | David Zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com

Holiday weekend TV is supposed to be awful unless you are a serious sports fan. According to conventional wisdom, reruns and lame specials dominate. Once again, conventional wisdom is wrong; there is a fairly strong lineup this weekend.

Start tonight with a couple of holiday specials on cable channel USA with new episodes of Monk and Psych. On Monk, the defective detective (Tony Shalhoub) helps three homeless men investigate a murder. On Psych, Shawn (James Roday) helps a mall Santa. OK, I'm not thrilled about it, but I'll take holiday goop from a couple of fun series like these. (9 p.m. and 10 p.m., USA) ** 1/2

SPUTNIK MEMORIES Here's a must-see documentary, Mr. and Ms. Baby Boomer: Sputnik Mania. When the Soviets sent Sputnik into space on Oct. 4, 1957, our world changed. Revisit the Cold War madness. (10 p.m. tomorrow, History) ***

OH, THOSE BRITZ BBC America has an excellent new drama about a Muslim brother and sister. Check out Britz. (8 p.m. Sunday, BBC America) ***

OH, THAT BRIT MTV has what it calls an all-access look at you know who in Britney: For the Record. Darn, no screener, and I was so looking forward to it. (10 p.m. Sunday, MTV)

LATE-NIGHT GUESTS Comedian Tom Arnold visits Late Show with David Letterman. Sen. John McCain visits The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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