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It's Good To Be The King

Sunday night marks the return of "The Tudors" (Showtime, 9 p.m.)

Now in its third season, "The Tudors" remains one of the more interesting shows on TV, especially if you are a history buff like me. Jonathan Rhy Meyers portrays Henry VIII, who at this point in the show has just married his third wife, Jane Seymour.

It seems like Henry is in a good place. He's genuinely in love with the kind and clever Jane, and he's disposed of the troublesome Anne Boleyn, which has led to a truce with the Pope and the Holy Roman Emperor.

But Henry is still sacking churches throughout England, causing the masses to grow restless even as his own wealth increases. Meanwhile, people try to mend the rift between Henry and his eldest daughter, Mary.

"The Tudors" is an excellent look at politics and religion at the time and how they shaped the world. It stays pretty true to the history of the time as well, and the production values are consistently excellent.

WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: Tonight marks the third-season penultimate episode for "Friday Night Lights" (NBC, 9 p.m.) as the Panthers battle for the state title. Echo (Eliza Dushku) awakens with her memories intact on "Dollhouse" (Fox, 9 p.m.), following a new "Sarah Connor Chronicles at 8 p.m. Yes, Echo remembers the time she used to slay vampires and demons, not to mention the evil mayor who took her under his wing.

CBS delivers new episodes of "Ghost Whisperer," "Flashpoint" and "Numb3rs."

On Saturday, the Final Four matchups take place as Michigan State battles UConn and North Carolina faces off with Villanova (CBS, 6 p.m.)

There's also a new "Ashes To Ashes" (BBC America, 9 p.m.)

On Sunday, as "The Tudors" begin, "United States of Tara" (Showtime, 10 p.m.) wraps up a clever first season as my gal Diablo Cody continues to kick butt.

CBS suspends its regular lineup for "The Academy of Country Music Awards" at 8 p.m. Fox has a new "Simpsons" at 8 p.m., but the rest of the night is reruns.

Silas (Ian McShane) must contend with a possible rebellion in the wake of his peace treaty on "Kings" (NBC, 8 p.m.), followed by a new "Apprentice" at 9 p.m.

"Masterpiece" (PBS, 9 p.m.) airs Part 2 of the five-part "Little Dorritt."

On cable, TV's best show is new with "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 10 p.m.)

Finally, on pay cable, "In Treatment" (HBO, 9 p.m.) is back as Paul (Gabriel Byrne) gets a new lineup of patients. It's hard to argue that this is one of the most ambitious series on TV, airing more than 40 episodes in a season with five new episodes per week. It follows a new episode of "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency."

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