Weekend TV: 'Shakespeare,' Goodnight, 'Makeover'
Posted January 24, 2013
Shakespeare Uncovered | PBS, Friday, 9 ET/PT
Don't let the possibly confusing title fool you: This six-part PBS series is not some Shakespeare exposé. Instead, it's an examination of the story of, and history behind, his plays, told through interviews with actors and scholars, visits to key locations (from London to the fields of Agincourt), clips from films, and play excerpts staged for the show at Shakespeare's Globe. Up first, Ethan Hawke takes on Macbeth, followed in Friday's second hour by Joely Richardson's look at women's roles in the comedies.
Goodnight for Justice: Queen of Hearts | Hallmark Movie Channel, Saturday, 8 ET/PT
There may be a good deal fewer Westerns on TV than there once were, but the genre has never completely disappeared - and it has never lost its ability to pull in an audience, as witness the popularity of Luke Perry's series of Hallmark movies about John Goodnight, a circuit judge in the Old West. Saturday's third installment, Queen of Hearts, adds a romantic twist to the story, as Judge Goodnight falls for a con-woman (Katharine Isabelle) on the run from a vengeful mark (Ricky Schroder).
The Makeover | ABC, Sunday, 9 ET/PT
There was a time when the Hallmark Hall of Fame actually did plays by George Bernard Shaw, including a production of Pygmalion that starred the great Julie Harris as Eliza Doolittle. While those days, as you may have noticed, are long gone, Shaw does arrive in a fashion Sunday in this role-reversal update that stars Julia Stiles as Hannah Higgins, a smart but socially obtuse education advocate who grooms beer vendor Elliot Doolittle (David Walton) to be a congressional candidate in her stead.
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