What to Watch this Weekend: March 16-18

A jam-packed TV weekend, with the premiere of a new season of Curious and Unusual Deaths as well as the season finale of AMC's The Walking Dead

Credit: Discovery

In the season premiere of Curious and Unusual Deaths, a 1920s baseball player strikes out for good

Friday, March 16

Curious and Unusual Deaths (New Season)
6 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.; 9 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., Discovery
What’s not to love about a series that takes true-life incidents of bizarre accidental deaths and recreates them for our amusement using CGI, dramatic re-enactments and expert scientific analysis? Tonight’s back-to-back episodes include the weird stories of a 1920s baseball player who went “out” permanently from an errant pitch and a fisherman whose short nap led to his sleeping with the fishes.

6 p.m., YTV
In this special one-hour episode, Carly is horrified to learn that psycho fan Nora Dershlit (Danielle Morrow) is going to be released from prison. Fearing for their lives, the gang puts on their thinking caps and cooks up a cunning scheme they hope will send her back to the slammer.

Four Weddings (New Season)
7 p.m. & 9 p.m., TLC
This unscripted series follows four different brides-to-be each week as they attend each other’s weddings and then pass judgment on the others’ dresses, venues, food and overall experience with the final winner getting a luxury honeymoon. It’s a miracle each show doesn’t end with a homicide.

9 p.m., CHEK & The CW
While investigating the death of a ballerina who literally danced herself to death, Sam and Dean discover her ballet slippers carried a curse — which becomes transferred to Dean when he accidentally touches the shoes.

Good Vibes
10:30 p.m., Comedy
Mondo faces the same problem of “shrinkage” that Seinfeld’s George Costanza once suffered when he accidentally loses his pants after a cold swim. When word of his shortcomings travels around the school, he soon discovers his tiny, um, problem has turned him into a big pariah.

Peter, Paul & Mary — 25th Anniversary Concert
11 p.m., KCTS
The beloved folk trio of Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey and Mary Travers perform a selection of their golden oldies — including “Puff, the Magic Dragon,” “If I Had a Hammer” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” — in this 1986 reunion concert.

Saturday, March 17

Superstars of Seventies Soul Live
9 p.m., KCTS; 9:30 p.m., WTVS
Patti LaBelle hosts this 2003 concert that gathered some of the top soul artists from the 1970s. LaBelle — who performs her disco smash “Lady Marmalade” — is joined by Yvonne Elliman (“If I Can’t Have You”), The Commodores (“Brick House”) and members of Sister Sledge, who deliver a rousing version of their anthemic 1979 hit “We Are Family.”

5 p.m., Space
When beautiful Princess Mithian (Janet Montgomery of Black Swan) shows up in the kingdom and entrances young Arthur, Morgana sees this as the perfect opportunity to team up with a villainous warlord to bring down Camelot once and for all.

¡Q’Viva! The Chosen
8 p.m., Fox
Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and Jamie King embark on the final stage of their talent search, with contenders including twin street dancers from Chile, a Mexican-American singer and an 11-year-old guitarist. As the auditions end, 200 artists will be invited to perform in the United States as the next part of the journey begins.

The Celebrity Apprentice
8 p.m., Global
In this week’s challenge, the teams undertake the challenge of producing a live event to promote the launch of the new Buick Verano, resulting in a boardroom blowout that leads the Donald to make a shocking decision that makes everyone question their strategy.

Jeff Dunham: Spark of Insanity
9 p.m., Comedy
This 2007 comedy special features all of ventriloquist Jeff Dunham’s popular characters, and is now famous for introducing his then-controversial character Achmed the Dead Terrorist, who quickly became a viral video sensation (his appearance in this special is the fourth-most-watched YouTube video ever).

Sunday, March 18

The Walking Dead (Season Finale)
6 p.m., 8:32 p.m. & 10:02 p.m., AMC
In a season that started off slowly when Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the gang took refuge from “the walkers” by staying in a farmhouse with Hershel (Scott Wilson) and his family, the second half of the season made up for the early lack of zombie killing in spades. As the survivors prepare to hit the road again, expect to see a chilling cliffhanger that won’t be resolved until next season.

Frozen Planet (New Series)
5 p.m., 8 p.m. & 11 p.m., Discovery
Alec Baldwin narrates this stunning look at what goes on above and below the ice in the coldest regions of the world, produced by the same team that brought us the critically acclaimed Planet Earth. Utilizing state-of-the-art film technology and a shooting schedule of more than 2,000 days, this epic nature series captures moments that have never been seen on camera before, including the birth of a tiny polar bear and the formation of an iceberg.

Breakout Kings
7 p.m., 8:01 p.m., 11:01 p.m. & 12:02 a.m., A&E
While the team hunts down renowned stool pigeon Travis Muncey, they find out he may be instrumental in leading them to a far bigger criminal. Things take a wrong turn, however, when one of the team is kidnapped.

Hall of Game Awards
7 p.m., Teletoon
Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal hosts the second edition of this annual award show, a star-studded celebration of the year in sports, honouring the finest athletes in a variety of different fields. Awards are presented for categories such as Most Unreal Moment, Funniest Sports Blooper and Top Canadian Athlete.

Canada’s Smartest Person
8 p.m., CBC
Mr. D’s Gerry Dee hosts this two-hour special seeking out Canada’s biggest brainiac. After scouring the country, the field has been narrowed to four people — including a pro football player, a science teacher and a video-gamer — who’ll be challenged in something called the Theory of Multiple Intelligences that tests different kinds of smarts.

The Simpsons
8 p.m., Global & Fox
Mr. Burns cuts costs at the power plant by replacing the workers with robots (all voiced by Brent Spiner of Star Trek: The Next Generation), but things take a Terminator-like twist when the machines turn on the humans.