TV

Busy Weekend

Sunday night marks the return of one series and the debut of another.

"In Plain Sight" (USA, Sun., 10 p.m.) returns for a second season after a rather uneven first one. US Marshal Mary Shannon (Mary McCormick) is still dealing with the aftermath of her kidnapping, brought about because of her sister dating a drug dealer. But she's determined to work through it, with the help of her partner Marshall (Frederick Weller) and her boss Stan (Paul Ben-Victor). But she's hardly getting any help at home from her mother (Lesley Ann Warren) nor her sister (Nichole Hilz). In the season premiere, she meets her match in terms of disfunctional families.

When it debuted, I hoped that "Sight" would be a good companion series for USA's hit "Burn Notice," serving a mix of action and fun. But while "Burn Notice" seemlessly transitions from one to the other, "Sight" often gets too bogged down with the family stuff. And while the viewer generally roots for the victim on "Burn Notice," it's hard to root for a lot of the people Mary is charged with.

Weller remains the best part of this show, bringing a light touch and dry wit to Marshall. I'm still hopeful that "Sight" can find its legs in Season 2.

The other big debut this weekend is the new Fox animated comedy "Sit Down, Shut Up" at 8:30 p.m. after a new "Simpsons." I have very high hopes for this somewhat raunchy series, since it was developed by "Arrested Development" creator Mitchell Hurwitz, and features the voice talent of Will Arnett, Will Forte, Jason Bateman, Henry Winkler, Cheri Oteri, Kristin Chenoweth and others.

WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: If you are like me and upset at the likely (though still not official) cancellation of both "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" and "Dollhouse" by Fox, then the return of "Prison Break" (Fox, 9 p.m.) is especially galling. ("Dollhouse" returns next week). This show long ceased to be interesting, but Fox seems determined to keep it going through the end of list season, likely its last.

It will have little competition on Friday, since pretty much everything else is a rerun this week.

On Saturday is a new "Ashes To Ashes" (BBC America, 9 p.m.)

On Sunday, Fox has an all-new night of animation to anchor "Sit Down" from 8-10 p.m.

After a new "Amazing Race" (CBS, 8 p.m.), a new Hallmark Hall of Fame movie "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" (CBS, 9 p.m.) stars Anna Paquin as a real-life woman who saved the lives of 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis.

ABC has new episodes of "Desperate Housewives" at 9 p.m., dealing with Edie's death, followed by "Brothers & Sisters."

NBC airs the "Miss USA Pageant" from 7-9 p.m. before a new "Celebrity Apprentice." Meanwhile, "Masterpiece" continues with part 4 of "Little Dorrit" (PBS, 9 p.m.)

On cable, there's a new episode of "The Tudors" (Showtime, 9 p.m.), which just got picked up for another season, which will be its last. HBO, meanwhile, has new episodes of "No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" at 8 p.m., followed by two episodes of "In Treatment."

Finally, the pick of the night, as always, is the sublime "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 10 p.m.), which continues its awesomeness.

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