10:30 p.m. Friday, April 1
Showtime (Comcast Ch. 37)
Though I’m too cheap to buy the premium channels, I recently received a DVD box set of “Penn and Teller: Bullshit!” from a friend, and have to mention a show that gives me so much guilty pleasure. Hosted by the comedian/magician Penn Gillette and his (silent) partner Teller, “Bullshit!” is a weekly — and thoroughly hilarious — butchering of some of our society’s sacred cows, using research and science to knock the wind out of topics like recycling, PETA, the mortuary industry, and the taboo against the use of profanity. This week, Penn and Teller take on New Age medicine.
4 p.m. Saturday, April 2
AETN (Broadcast Ch. 2, Comcast Ch. 3)
On December 26, 2004, sensors at the Pacific Tsunami Center picked up evidence of a massive earthquake in the Indian Ocean. Knowing that it would very probably cause a huge tidal wave — but powerless to alert more than a handful of people in the isolated coastal villages that ring the Indian Ocean — they were forced to stand by almost helplessly as a disaster of epic proportion unfolded. Filmed in the days just after the tsunami hit, this episode of “Nova” takes you inside one of the worst natural disasters of the modern era, and tries to explain why it ended so much more tragically than the other 100 tidal waves that hit coastal communities every year.
THE LAMBS (1991)
2 p.m. Saturday, April 2
American Movie Classics (Comcast Ch. 31)
Sure, Hollywood has its vampires, werewolves, toothy space aliens and weirded out Japanese tykes bent on revenge (as seen in the now-showing “Ring 2”). But come on! We all know that Hannibal Lecter is 10 times scarier than even the scariest boogeyman. Here, AMC presents the Oscar-winning classic that is still synonymous with suspense and horror. Featuring Jodie Foster as an FBI trainee who, while on the trail of a vicious serial killer, must consult with an even more devious and vicious serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, it’s the movie that launched a thousand bad imitations. The interactions between Foster’s Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins’ Lecter (though Hopkins is actually on screen for less than 15 minutes total) will last as long as film.