By Hal Boedeker
8:06 AM PDT, April 19, 2013
Reality television takes another dive with "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?"
The E! series, debuting at 10 p.m. Sunday, presents the Olympic swimmer as a fun-loving guy who enjoys partying, fashion, women and making faces. The Port Orange man works hard in the pool, and he tears up when he talks about his family. But the series presents Lochte as incredibly dim and shallow. Lochte says his philosophy is "go big or go home." He's gone very small with this series. Why, Ryan, why?
In other programming this weekend: Television movies fell out of favor as TV executives concentrated on dramatic series. "Game of Thrones," "Mad Men" and "The Good Wife" all offer new episodes Sunday.
But two TV movies premiere Sunday. "Remember Sunday," at 9 on ABC, should appeal to fans of Alexis Bledel ("Gilmore Girls") and Zachary Levi ("Chuck"). This unusual love story focuses on an optimistic waitress and a man who has lost his short-term memory. The twist: He falls in love with her all over again day after day. Her sunny style fits this Hallmark Hall of Fame production. (A new "Once Upon a Time" precedes the movie at 8 p.m.)
"Lovestruck: The Musical," at 8 on ABC Family, presents Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman") as a choreographer who, through the powers of an elixir, turns into her younger self (played by Chelsea Kane). The brew also turns the choreographer's old love (Tom Wopat) into his younger self (Lake Brantley High grad Drew Seeley). The music includes covers of Lady Gaga's "Just Dance," Madonna's "Like a Virgin" and Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody."
On "The Good Wife," at 9 p.m. Sunday on CBS, Peter asks Alicia to renew their vows. The guest stars include Stockard Channing, Dallas Roberts ("The Walking Dead"), Mamie Gummer and John Michael Higgins. On "The Mentalist," at 10 on CBS, Rigsby and Van Pelt pretend to be a couple to investigate a woman's death. John O'Hurley guest stars.
Robert Redford and Discovery join forces for "All the President's Men Revisited" at 8 p.m. Sunday. He reflects on Watergate and the Oscar-winning 1976 movie with reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Redford, who played Woodward, is joined by Dustin Hoffman, who played Bernstein.
In Friday scheduling, CBS is preempting "Vegas" at 9 for a special on the Boston bombings. "Vegas" will shift to 8 p.m. Saturday, which is a bad sign for the freshman drama.
ABC offers a new "Shark Tank" at 9 p.m. Friday. The products include custom furniture, a military-inspired jewelry line and a traditional British scone.
For new fare Saturday, look to BBC America. The channel offers "Doctor Who" at 8 p.m., "Orphan Black" at 9 and "The Nerdist" at 10. Elijah Wood is a guest on "The Nerdist."
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