A Star-Spangled Story: Battle for America | Smithsonian, Saturday, 9 ET/PT
Outside of the places where it was fought, there hasn't been an overwhelming amount of attention paid to the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. So people in Baltimore, at least, should be pleased to see this film about the 1814 bombing of Fort McHenry that gave us The Star-Spangled Banner.
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Believe | NBC, Sunday, 9 ET/PT
Believe ends its run with an episode that had better offer viewers some sense of closure — because if it doesn't, not only is the series cheating its fans, it's making it that much harder for a similarly structured, mystery-driven series to get off the ground. You can only burn people so many times, or, apparently, sell them shows about children with undefined supernatural powers.
Game of Thrones | HBO, Sunday 9 ET/PT
HBO's best drama and most popular series ends its season with an episode that once again heads to the Wall, where surprises lie in store. HBO is leading into the finale with a preview for the upcoming season of True Blood, another drama that was once extremely good — until it collapsed into over-complicated, preachy inanity. Not that the same is likely to happen to Thrones, mind you, but it does pay to keep in mind that TV shows are never static. Enjoy the good ones while they're good.