Hitchcock Popular Again

Posted on October 19, 2012 

Suddenly, everyone is back into Alfred Hitchcock again.

The brilliant British filmmaker and master of suspense may be gone, but he's the subject of two biopics, set to be released over the next few months.

I saw previews for "Hitchcock," set to be released in Jan. 2013, with Anthony Hopkins as the filmmaker and Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma. It's set in 1959 and is all about the making of "Psycho," with Scarlett Johanssen as Janet Leigh and James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins.

But it will have to wait. This Saturday, HBO airs the TV movie "The Girl," based upon Hitchcock's troubling relationship with actress Tippi Hedren. Toby Jones stars as Hitchcock and Sienna Miller is Hedren.

The movie is based on Hitchcock's attempts to turn Hedren into the next Grace Kelly, casting her in "The Birds" and "Marnie." When Hedren refused his advances offscreen, Hitchcock turned cruel.

There's also a movie slated in 2014 called "Grace of Monaco," with Roger Ashton-Griffiths set to play Hitchcock.

I'm personally hoping that this leads to more of Hitchcock's movies being played on TV again over the next few months.

WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: Unfortunately, "Fringe" is pre-empted tonight because of baseball, but at least "Nikita" (CW, 9 p.m.) is back for a whole new season.

Speaking of female spies, Melissa George stars in the new Cinemax series "Hunted" at 10 p.m., about a secret agent who almost dies on a botched mission, and returns a year later after recovering. Unfortunately, she can't trust anyone at the agency, and they don't trust her.

Also new tonight are "Grimm" (NBC, 9 p.m.), "CSI: NY" (CBS, 9 p.m.) and "Blue Bloods" (CBS, 10 p.m.)

If you aren't watching "The Girl" (HBO, 9 p.m.), there's also a new "Bedlam" (BBC America, 9 p.m.)

On Sunday, those folks complaining that last season of "The Walking Dead" (AMC, 9 p.m.) was too slow should have no complaints after last week's Season 3 premiere. You have to love those zombie riot cops.

Last week was the first time I was a little disappointed with "Homeland" (Showtime, 10 p.m.), which follows "Dexter" at 9 p.m. I'll try not to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't caught up yet, but I found it a little ridiculous that the terrorists would send Brody on the task to hide the bombmaker, given how valuable and high-profile he is.

HBO has new episodes of "Boardwalk Empire" and "Treme" from 9-11 p.m. "Copper" continues on BBC America at 10 p.m.

On the networks, CBS is pushing back its lineup a half-hour once again to try to accommodate for football, but you should still program your recording devices to assume the game will run long. "Amazing Race" starts at 8:30 p.m., and is followed by "The Good Wife" and "The Mentalist."

ABC is all new with "Once Upon A Time," "Revenge" and "666 Park Avenue," while Fox's animated lineup is all-new.

PBS airs "Call The Midwife" at 8 p.m., followed by a new "Upstairs, Downstairs" on "Masterpiece Classic" at 9 p.m.

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