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The Doctor Is In

BBC America begins airing the new season of "Doctor Who" Saturday night at 9 p.m. Unsurprisingly, since it's the network's biggest hit, BBC America has been heavily promoting the show since Comic-Con last month, using everything from social media to the webisodes of "Pond Life," little one-minute comic bits that shows what the Doctor (Matt Smith) and his companions Amy and Rory (Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill) have been up to over the past several months.

The new series will open with the episode "Asylum of the Daleks," and later on include a Western-themed episode guest-starring "Farscape's" Ben Browder.

The Ponds will depart a few episodes in, giving way to a new companion played by Jenna Louise Coleman.

It's been interesting to see the rising popularity of the show since it was re-introduced in 2005. A whole new generation of fans have been born, sometimes at odds with us old-timers. The new fans can't understand our love for the original series, with its cheap effects and rubber costumes, while older fans believe the new ones miss out on great storytelling and the show's rich history.

But, under the masterful hand of showrunner Steven Moffat, fans from both eras can agree that the series has been a lot of fun as we anticipate its return.

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Meanwhile, you can catch new episodes of "Boss" (STARZ, 10 p.m.) and "Strike Back" (MAX, 10 p.m.) Friday night.

On Saturday, the college football season begins in earnest, as Georgia faces Buffalo at 1 p.m. on WGXA. The highlight game of the schedule, however, is Michigan vs. defending National Champion Alabama in Dallas (ABC, 8 p.m.)

On Sunday, "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 10 p.m.) wraps up the first half of its final season with the last new episode of 2012, following a new "Hell On Wheels." Has any show been better than "Bad," especially with last week's episode?

Also on Sunday, PBS has a special tribute to Queen Elizabeth II by Prince Charles at 8 p.m. ABC airs the special, "TV's Dynamic Duos" at 9 p.m.

On cable, BBC America airs the third episode of "Copper" at 10 p.m., while TNT has a new "Leverage" at 9 p.m. Showtime has "Weeds" and "Web Therapy" from 10-11 p.m.

On Monday, A&E airs an updated version of the Robin Cook thriller "Coma" at 9 p.m., the first part of a two-part miniseries starring Lauren Ambrose, James Woods, Steven Pasquale and Ellen Burstyn.

Also on cable, ABC Family has a new "Switched At Birth" at 8 p.m., while TNT is new with "Major Crimes" and "Perception" from 9-11 p.m.

On the networks, "LA Complex" (CW, 8 p.m.) and "Grimm" (NBC, 10 p.m.) are new.

Have a safe holiday weekend!

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