Family Fare

If you expected to tune into "Friday Night Lights" tonight, you're going to have to wait a week.

NBC is instead showing "The Jensen Project" at 8 p.m., a TV movie that is oriented to the whole family. It's about a think-tank (with kids) who try to stop a bad guy who has stolen a piece of technology that can be turned into a weapon. The movie stars Patricia Richardson, LeVar Burton and Kellie Martin.

The reviews have not been kind to the movie, which I haven't seen. Often, I find the problem with "family fare" is that -- unless we're talking "Toy Story" -- material aimed at kids often doesn't work for adults.

Back in my day, I never enjoyed the made-for-kids stuff. Everything I enjoyed watching was written with adults in mind. Sadly, that seems to be a lost art when it comes to family fare.

Anyway, "The Jensen Project" is being underwritten by Wal-Mart and Proctor & Gamble, so expect to see more of these type movies in the future.

WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: Without "FNL," there's not a whole lot else tonight worth watching.

"Flashpoint" (CBS, 10 p.m.) is pushed back an hour tonight, so adjust your schedules accordingly.

On cable, SyFy presents new episodes of "Eureka" and "Haven" beginning at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, I erred last week. It turns out this week is the beginning of the two-part "Doctor Who" (BBC America, 9 p.m.) season finale, in which we learn about the crack in the universe, featuring many of the characters who have popped up all season.

On Sunday, ABC has new episodes of "Scoundrels" and "The Gates," beginning at 9 p.m. Meanwhile, PBS presents a new "Masterpiece: Mystery" (PBS, 9 p.m.) with "Poirot: The Third Girl."

On cable, "True Blood" (HBO, 9 p.m.) is new. I wish they wouldn't do so many different storylines, but maybe there will start to be some crossover. It's followed by "Hung" and "Entourage."

Finally, John Schneider guest stars on "Leverage" (TNT, 9 p.m.) as Elliott accidentally becomes a country music star while on a job.