Television: Catch up on a 'Royal Romance'

image ofmusic - Television: Catch up on a 'Royal Romance' Television: Catch up on a 'Royal Romance' WEEKEND'S MUST-SEE: MTV Video Music Awards, 9 p.m. Sunday, MTV.

This starts with a Lady Gaga song at 9 - but by then, MTV viewers will have seen plenty of excess.

There's a new "Jersey Shore" at 7 p.m. and at 8 p.m., the "Shore" people will make predictions during the red carpet show, which is co-hosted by Selena Gomez, with music by Cobra Starship.

After Gaga at 9, there's music by Adele, Bruno Mars, Lil' Wayne, Chris Brown and Young the Giant.

WEEKEND'S MIGHT-SEE: "William & Catherine: A Royal Romance," 9 p.m. today and Sunday, Hallmark.

Don't expect fresh insights; just settle for pleasant portraits of likable people. As played by a Detroiter (Dan Amboyer) and an Englishwoman (Alice St. Clair), William seems princely, Kate Middleton seems bright and fun. Their break-up is shown briefly; their romance glows.

Co-written and directed by Linda Yellen, who once wrote a Charles-and-Di romance, this includes a surprisingly warm mini-portrait of Prince Charles (Victor Garber) and Camilla (Jean Smart).

WEEKEND'S ALTERNATIVE: Football, 8 p.m. today (CBS) and Sunday (NBC).

After years of being ignored by the networks, the Lions are considered TV-worthy again. Tonight's preseason game with New England is on CBS.

The big draw is Tom Brady returning to Michigan (where he played college ball in Ann Arbor). Last season, his Patriots had pro football's best regular-season record. They're 2-0 this preseason; so are the Lions - now on a six-game losing streak going back to last year. Sunday has the Saint and the Raiders.

Also Tonight

"Doctor Who" mid-season finale (8 p.m.) and return (9), BBC America. The first half of this season - rerunning from 2-9 p.m., ended sensationally, with tonight's 8 p.m. episode. Amy Pond has been abducted, as her baby nears; maybe she'll be saved by her husband ... or the Doctor ... or the enigmatic River Song (Alex Kingston), a time-trekking archaeologist. That hour ends powerfully; the second half of the season starts at 9, with the Doctor meeting Hitler.

"A Walk in My Shoes," 8-10 p.m., NBC. This reruns a family friendly film with Nancy Travis as a teacher who's critical of her students' low-income parents - until she gets a peek at one mother's life.

"Saturday Night Live," 11:29 p.m., NBC. The British rule our TV sets tonight, with the royal couple and Doctor Who. To round it off, Paul McCartney is the music guest in this rerun; Paul Rudd hosts.

Also Sunday

"The Good Wife," 9 p.m., CBS. Now settled into its time slot for the fall, "Good Wife" has a rerun with one of its top guest stars. Michael J. Fox plays Louis Canning, a sly lawyer who uses his disability to get sympathy. The role has brought him an Emmy nomination; his 13th overall. He's won five times.

"Masterpiece Mystery," 9-10:30 p.m., PBS. Amid the quiet beauty of Oxford, Inspector Lewis solves murders. This rerun involves an academic who was an amateur astronomer.


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