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This weekend on TV: HBO starts playing "Game of Thrones" again

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Courtesy photo Jack Gleeson in "Game of Thrones."
TV or not TV by Scott Pierce


First published Mar 30 2012 10:10AM
Updated Mar 30, 2012 10:10AM

Game of Thrones (Sunday, 10 p.m., HBO) is back for Season 2 - and fans won't be disappointed.

(Well, give it a couple of episodes. Because, as was the case with Season 1, there's so much plot to set up.)

The action picks up where it left off 9½ months ago. Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) is on the throne in King's Landing, but there are other kings galore intent on either displacing him or carving out their own kingdoms. Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) has her dragons, but they're just babies and not of much use. Yet.

Plus, winter is coming and there's an ominous threat in the north.

It's great stuff.

Elsewhere on Friday ...

Undercover Boss (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): The CEO of Yankee Candle goes under cover.

Who Do You Think You Are? (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Rita Wilson (Mrs. Tom Hanks) learns about her family history.

Men's college volleyball (7 p.m., BYUtv): Cal State-Northridge at BYU

NBA (7 p.m., ROOT): Sacramento Kings at Utah Jazz

CSI: NY (8 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): A lab tech is murdered.

Grimm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): A shop owner is murdered.

Great Performances (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): The San Francisco Symphony's centennial celebration features Itzhak Perlman and Lang Lang.

Fringe (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The team investigates a case that Peter recognizes from his world.

Supernatural (8 p.m., CW/Ch. 30): Sam and Dean battle a Japanese creature that can be seen only if you're drunk.

Merlin (8 and 10 p.m., Syfy): In the season finale, Merlin tries to get Arthur to rise to the desperate occasion.

Blue Bloods (9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Danny debates what to do when a gun turned in under a no-questions-asked policy is linked to a crime.

Fairly Legal (10 p.m., USA): Kate is ordered to mediate an insurance dispute.

In Plain Sight (11 p.m., USA): Mary and Marshall need help to locate a missing witness.

Elsewhere on Saturday ...

NCAA men's basketball tournament: It's the Final Four, and the matchups are Louisville vs. Kentucky (4 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2) and Kansas vs. Ohio State (6:30 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2)

Kids Choice Awards 2012 (6 p.m., Nickelodeon): Will Smith hosts the 25th annual awards chosen by the kids. Nicki Minaj, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Rock, Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Zac Efron, Heidi Klum, Victoria Justice, Miranda Cosgrove, Big Time Rush, Chris Colfer, Cee Lo Green are all scheduled to appear, and Katy Perry and One Direction are scheduled to perform. (Repeats at 8 p.m.)

Escape Routes (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): In this new reality/competition series, six teams of embark on a "unique road trip" and take on "real world challenges."

MLS (8 p.m., Ch. 4): Real Salt Lake at Portland Timbers

The Firm (8 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Angry at being deceived, Mitch and Ray go to meet Andrew.

NBA (8:30 p.m., ROOT); Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Clippers

Bridesmaids (9 p.m., HBO): It's the pay-cable debut of this Oscar-nominated 2011 comedy. (Rated R)

Midnight In Paris (10 p.m., Starz): Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen and Kathy Bates star in Woody Allen's 2011 romantic comedy. (PG-13)


Elsewhere on Sunday ...

60 Minutes (6 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Florida economy hit hard by NASA layoffs; new studies seem to support the theory that sugar is toxic; contemporary art prices are skyrocketing.
The Killing
(6 and 9:04 p.m., AMC): In the two-hour, second-season premiere, there's a shooting; a piece of evidence surfaces in the weirdest of ways; and Detective Lindon is in danger as she tries to figure out not only who killed Rosie Larson, but who framed Darren Richmond for the crime.

Academy of Country Music Awards (7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2): Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton host.

Once Upon a Time (7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Emma fights to prove Mary Margaret didn't kill Kathryn.

Celebrity Apprentice (7 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Yikes! A three-hour episode? That's some sort of crime, isn't it?

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (7 and 8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): Barbara Walters and Geoffrey Canada learn about their family histories.

College Hoops Confidential (7 p.m. CBS Sports Network ): You think CBS doesn't have the NCAA Final Four completely covered? This half-hour documentary, titled "Court of Champions," show us how the floor they're playing on in New Orleans was made. It's actually quite interesting, and there's a local tie-in - the court was manufactured by Salt Lake-based Connor Sport Court International.

Mad Men (8 and 11:04 p.m., AMC): Peggy is given new responsibilities.

Army Wives (7 and 11 p.m., Lifetime): David is injured.

Desperate Housewives (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Susan discovers that Mike had been keeping a secret.

Masterpiece Classic (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A new adaptation of "Great Expectations."

GCB (9 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Heather gets Sheryl Crow to perform at the annual church fundraiser.

Saving the Titanic (9 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A dramatic interpretation of Titanic's final hours.

Frozen Planet (9 p.m., Discovery, TLC): Polar winter makes things even tougher on the animal inhabitants.

Shameless (10 p.m., Showtime): Frank plots to break Monica out of the mental hospital.

Breakout Kings (11 p.m., A&E): A convict pulls off the perfect crime.

Californication (11 p.m., Showtime): Hank wants to repair his relationship with Becca.

House of Lies (11:30 p.m., Showtime): Marty and the team pull off an 11th-hour miracle.

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