What’s Worth Watching: House of Cards, Loretta Lynn, Mythbusters and more for Friday, March 4 & Saturday, March 5
House of Cards (New season available Friday, Netflix): With Super Tuesday now in our rear-view mirror, time to indulge in a super-binge-watching frenzy with Netflix’s breakthrough political melodrama. Having crushed everyone in their path to the White House, now it’s President Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) vs. frosty First Lady Claire (Robin Wright). Will their marriage survive his presidency and the impending election? Will the nation? (Hard, though, to imagine anything topping the real-life circus going on in the current presidential combat.)
Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl (Friday, 9/8c, PBS, check local listings at pbs.org): Give it to country legend Loretta Lynn for longevity. At 83, the “coal miner’s daughter” is profiled in a new American Masters documentary airing the same day as the release of her first studio album in more than a decade. Reliving her path from Butcher Hollow, Kentucky to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, the film weaves performance footage, home movies and interview with Lynn, her family, and admiring contemporaries including Jack White, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Trisha Yearwood and Miranda Lambert.
Mythbusters (Saturday, 8/7c, Discovery): All good things come to an end, and in typical Mythbusters fashion, this science-made-fun series, Discovery’s longest-running series, has decided to go out (after 248 episodes over 13 years) with a bang. Multiple explosions, in fact, including an RV and a cement truck loaded with 5000 pounds of ammonium nitrate/fuel oil.
Saturday Night Live (Saturday, 11:30/10:30, NBC): We really missed this show after the last caterwauling GOP debate. With Jonah Hill guest-hosting for his fourth time, and Atlanta rapper Future making his SNL debut, we defy the writers to come up with a line funnier than Ben Carson’s “Can somebody attack me, please?”