Television won’t take a holiday on Easter. Sunday will be unusually busy.
Likely to generate the biggest audience? "The Walking Dead," which ends its third season at 9 p.m. on AMC. To prevent spoilers, the channel has not previewed the episode, called "Welcome to the Tombs." But here's the channel's take on the plot: "Rick and the group have to seriously consider if the prison is worth defending as the Governor's impending attack looms over their heads." The trailer suggests that Rick and the group have departed their outpost.
“Game of Thrones” starts its third season at 9 on HBO. The drama based on George R.R. Martin's book series continues to deliver epic production values in costumes, castles and special effects. The critters are especially amazing. The series gets a lift from the addition of Ciaran Hinds, and Diana Rigg will come aboard later. Best moment in the premiere: Tyrion Lannister (Emmy-winner Peter Dinklage) talks to his father, Tywin (Charles Dance). They make the acting as thrilling as the effects.
The History channel has a big night planned. "The Bible" offers its final installments at 8. The last two hours of the high-rated, 10-hour miniseries depict the Crucifixion of Jesus and the ministry of Paul. History offers a new episode of "Vikings" at 10; that series has its season finale April 28.
PBS' “Masterpiece” has high hopes for “Mr. Selfridge,” which starts at 9 and runs through May 19. In a real change of pace, Jeremy Piven of "Entourage" plays American retailer Harry Gordon Selfridge, who revolutionized London shopping in the early 1900s. Andrew Davies wrote the script, which presents Selfridge as an energetic, risk-taking showman. Selfridge is also a husband, father and womanizer. Piven is fascinating in portraying Selfridge's mood swings; behind the retailer's blustery style is a man filled with doubt. PBS is hoping for another "Downton Abbey." The subplots involve Selfridge's workers: the shop girl with troubled relatives, the talented window dresser, the handsome waiter, the employees conducting a secret affair. It's no "Downton," but it's beautifully produced.
CBS has a new "Good Wife,” scheduled for 9, but the NCAA Tournament is likely to push back the start time. "The Good Wife" brings back guest stars Gary Cole, Morena Baccarin (“Homeland”), Amanda Peet and Dylan Baker. Cole's return means more scenes for Christine Baranski, always a good development for the show. The best news came earlier this week from CBS. The legal drama has been renewed for next season.