An Idiot Abroad

An Idiot Abroad
9:30/8:30c Science Channel
Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, The Office creators, send Karl Pilkington to sites across the world in this offbeat series. What sets this apart from other travelogues? Karl is truly a stranger in a strange land as his cohorts don't tell him where he's going or what to expect while cameras capture his off-the-cuff reactions. In the debut, we get a look at what to expect from the series, which is followed by Karl's trip to China at 10/9c. — Michael Chant

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College Basketball
12/11 a.m. c ESPN
Three Big East teams entered this week without a conference loss, but only Pittsburgh (6-0) made it to the weekend unblemished as Villanova (4-1) and Syracuse (5-1) both tripped up in tough Monday road tests. The Wildcats and Orange both look to bounce back this afternoon at the Carrier Dome, where Syracuse rode the energy of a record crowd to a 95-77 thrashing of Jay Wright's squad last season. Regardless of whether injured guard Kris Joseph sees action, Syracuse can count on a gritty effort from Philly guys Rick Jackson and Scoop Jardine. Nova's difference could come at the free-throw line, where the 'Cats rank atop the conference while the Orange sit 16th and last. — Roger Leister

America's Most Wanted
9/8c Fox
John Walsh and Co. have been missing from Fox's Saturday-night lineup the last few weeks, but one of tonight's poster boys — Elrick "Big E" Wynn of St. Petersburg, Fla. — has been missing for 15 years. Wynn, the alleged leader of a crack-cocaine ring so big and efficient that a prosecutor at the time dubbed it "the Microsoft of south St. Petersburg," disappeared after being indicted in 1996. Cops broke up the ring but haven't been able to catch Big E. They think he fled to the Virgin Islands. They also think he might have gotten breast implants, so maybe he's hiding in a dress. — Paul Droesch

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Backyard Wedding
9/8c Hallmark
Alicia Witt and Teddy Sears star in this 2011 breezy romance as former neighbors who were also once married. The pair, Kim and Evan, married young and had the union annulled. But now that Kim is preparing to tie the knot once more, she can't help but look back to the past and to the relationship she thought she had put behind her. — Brie Hearn

Pit Bulls and Parolees
9/8c Animal Planet
With help from her daughters, Tia Torres runs the Villalobos Rescue Center, which rehabilitates pit bulls and gets them ready for adoption. The center is staffed with many parolees, who often have a difficult time finding work after their release from prison. The reputation of the pit-bull breed and the cost of running the center have often put Tia in some tough situations. Tonight, she looks back at some of the year's high and low points as she plans to move the operation to a new location. — Rhoda Charles

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Primeval
9/8c BBC America
Saturday detention is always a drag, but in this episode — which is part Breakfast Club, part Jurassic Park — it's an absolute nightmare for a group of unruly students, who could very well become the next meal for a vicious family of therocephalians that are on the loose in an almost empty high school. The ARC team goes back to school to try to prevent that from happening. — Karen Kelty

Green Zone
8/7c HBO
Paul Greengrass, director of the last two Bourne films, reunites with Matt Damon for this 2010 thriller inspired by journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran's 2006 book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone. Damon stars as Roy Miller, a U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer who encounters obstruction from all sides while searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq during the U.S. occupation in 2003. The film is rated R, and also stars Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear and Brendan Gleeson. — Joe Friedrich