Aug. 29--It's a season finale for one summer show, a 20th anniversary celebration for another and the debut of an over-the-top Syfy film. Be there or be square this weekend on TV.
The line "We're going to need more firepower in the lobby" is just one of the clues that "Age of Dinosaurs" is brought to you by Asylum Films, the folks behind "Sharknado" and "2-Headed Shark Attack."
In this "parody" of "Jurassic Park," a biotech firm uses flesh regeneration technology to create living dinosaurs. But when the critters escape their exhibit and terrorize the denizens of sunny LaLa Land, it's up to a former firefighter (Treat Williams) to save the day and rescue his daughter. Ronny Cox also stars in this film airing at 8 p.m. Thursday on Syfy, cable 45. See the trailer at tulsaworld.com/dinosaurtv
No more 'Motive'
Stay up late, set your DVR or watch online for the two-hour season finale of the ABC drama "Motive," which will be tape-delayed to 2-4 a.m. Saturday morning on channel 8.
In the first hour, Detectives Flynn and Vega investigate the murder of an executive assistant and discover an unexpected link between the killer and the victim. In the final hour, Angie's experience and training are during the investigation of the murder of a teenage boy.
The season finale will air for free on abc.com starting Friday.
To digital or not
Explore the science and art of film in "Side by Side: The Science, Art and Impact of Digital Cinema," airing at 9 p.m. Friday on PBS, channel 11.
This documentary focuses on the photo chemical process which has been in use for more than 100 years vs. the new digital technology. It's a smackdown with some of today's most successful film directors debating the merits of each.
Happy anniversary, Dave
"The Late Show With David Letterman" turns 20 on Friday. The CBS talk show debuted Aug. 30, 1993, and has gone on to win nine Emmy Awards. Its host -- Letterman -- is the longest-running late night television host in history at 31 years and counting. No word yet on who the guests will be. Guess Dave wants it to be a surprise.
The show airs at 10:35 p.m. weeknights on CBS, channel 6.
BBC America celebrates the eighth incarnation of Doctor Who, Paul McGann, in the new special "Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited" airing 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday on BBC America, cable 176.
McGann, who also starred in "Luther," played the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 TV movie "Doctor Who." It marked the first time the Doctor had returned to TV after the original series ended in 1989, according to BBCA.
In the special, lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat, companions Daphne Ashbrook (Dr. Grace Holloway) and Yee Jee Tso (Chang Lee) and others examine what made the Eighth Doctor unique and discuss a new take on the Doctor's old enemy the Master. FYI: "Doctor Who" also airs at 9 p.m. Fridays on OKLA, digital channel 11.2.
NBC, which is touting the Sept. 8 debut of Oklahoma's country music superstar Carrie Underwood singing the theme song to "Sunday Night Football," is planning to rebroadcast her appearance as musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" this Saturday at 10:35 p.m. on channel 2, cable 9. Oh, and Peyton Manning, quarterback for the Denver Broncos, will be your host.
Betty White will be the host for the special "TV's Funniest of the Funniest: A Paley Center for Media Special," airing at 8 p.m. Sunday on NBC, channel 2, cable 9.
The salute will feature clips and count down the top laugh-out-loud scenes from the greatest television shows of yesterday and today.
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