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Must See HDTV (March 19th - 25th)


March Madness is in full swing and even if you're not a college hoops fan, that should extend to the rest of the TV schedule this week. After a surprisingly exciting season finale for The Walking Dead AMC is finally ready to bring back Mad Men. Also returning are favorites like Fringe and Mythbusters, although they're balanced out by Archer's third season coming to an end. HBO's Luck also airs its final episode this week and makes the most notorious exit of them all, alongside season finales from The River, Southland and Key & Peele. Look below for the highlights this week, followed after the break by our weekly listing of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and videogames.

Battle Royale
This cult favorite is finally getting a US Blu-ray release, offering the tale of Japanese teenagers trapped on an island and forced to fight each other in a game where only one will survive. It's kind of a bizarre story if you're not familiar with it, but well worth watching. Fans can nab either the first flick by itself or a pack including the sequel along with plenty of extras. Check out a preview trailer embedded after the break.
($31.99, March 20, Amazon)

Mad Men
After the longest of hiatuses, Mad Men is triumphantly returning to AMC. With its cast and director intact we don't expect the sordid tales of advertising execs and those who love them to have lost a step, but true fans have probably had this day marked on the calendar for a while.
(March 25, AMC, 9PM)

Hey, everyone's favorite universe / time shifting sci-fi show is back. We've completely forgotten where Pacey is at this point but as usual, the team of agents and scientists will be investigating some weirdness like they always do.
(March 23, Fox, 9PM)

Blu-ray & Games
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Muppets
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Battle Royale
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Silent Hill HD collection (PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc HD (PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Ninja Gaiden III (PS3, Xbox 360)


  • Bulls/Magic, TNT, 8PM
  • Mavericks/Nuggets, TNT, 10:30PM
  • The Voice, NBC, 8PM
  • Dancing With The Stars (season premiere), ABC, 8PM
  • Pretty Little Liars (season finale), ABC Family, 8PM
  • House, Fox, 8PM
  • How I Met Your Mother, CBS, 8PM
  • 2 Broke Girls, CBS, 8:30PM
  • Alcatraz, Fox, 9PM
  • Two and a Half Men, CBS, 9PM
  • Being Human, Syfy, 9PM
  • WWE Raw, USA, 9PM
  • American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior, Discovery, 9PM
  • Mike & Molly, CBS, 9:30PM
  • Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory (season premiere), MTV, 10PM
  • Castle, ABC, 10PM
  • Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 10PM
  • Smash, NBC, 10PM
  • Lost Girl, Syfy, 10PM


  • Raising Hope, Fox, 8PM
  • 90210, CW, 8PM
  • Switched at Birth (spring finale), ABC Family, 8PM
  • NCIS, CBS, 8PM
  • Last Man Standing, ABC, 8PM
  • I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Fox, 8:30PM
  • Cougar Town, ABC, 8:30PM
  • New Girl, Fox, 9PM
  • Top Gear, History, 9PM
  • The River (season finale), ABC, 9PM
  • Ringer, CW, 9PM
  • NCIS: LA, CBS, 9PM
  • Doomsday Preppers, National Geographic, 9PM
  • Breaking In, Fox, 9:30PM
  • Justified, FX, 10PM
  • Body of Proof, ABC, 10PM
  • Top Shot, History, 10PM
  • Unforgettable, CBS, 10PM
  • Southland (season finale), TNT, 10PM
  • Tosh.0, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Key & Peele (season finale), Comedy Central, 10:30PM


  • Knicks/76ers, ESPN, 7PM
  • South Park, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Ugly Americans, Comedy Central, 10:30
  • Monster Man, Syfy, 11PM
  • Survivor, CBS, 8PM
  • American Idol, Fox, 8PM
  • One Tree Hill, CW, 8PM
  • The Middle, ABC, 8PM
  • Whitney, NBC, 8PM
  • Are You There, Chelsea?, NBC, 8:30PM
  • Suburgatory, ABC, 8:30PM
  • Bent (series premiere), NBC, 9 & 9:30PM
  • Car Warriors, Speed, 9PM
  • Criminal Minds, CBS, 9PM
  • Happy Endings, ABC, 9:30PM
  • CSI, CBS, 10PM
  • Psych, USA, 10PM
  • Doomsday Bunkers (season finale), Discovery, 10PM
  • The Slap, DirecTV, 10PM
  • Rock Center with Brian Williams, NBC, 10PM
  • Lakers/Mavericks, ESPN, 9:30PM


  • NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament semifinals, CBS, TBS, TNT, 7PM
  • Community, NBC, 8PM
  • Missing, ABC, 8PM
  • American Idol, Fox, 8PM
  • Vampire Diaries, CW, 8PM
  • 30 Rock, NBC, 8:30 & 9PM
  • The Secret Circle, CW, 9PM
  • Touch, Fox, 9PM
  • Impact Wrestling, Spike TV, 9PM
  • Up All Night, NBC, 9:30PM
  • Archer (season finale), FX, 10PM
  • Awake, NBC, 10PM
  • All Star Dealers, Velocity, 10PM
  • Unsupervised, FX, 10:30PM
  • I Just Want My Pants Back, MTV, 11PM
  • Inside Comedy, Showtime, 11PM
  • MMA Junkie Live!, Spike TV, 11PM
  • Delocated, Comedy Central, 11:59PM


  • NCAA Men's Basketball tournament regional semifinals, CBS, TBS, TNT, 7PM
  • Fringe (spring premiere), Fox, 9PM
  • Shark Tank, ABC, 8PM
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Cartoon Network, 8PM
  • Nikita, CW, 8PM
  • WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM
  • Fairly Legal, USA, 9PM
  • Supernatural, CW, 9PM
  • Merlin, Syfy, 10PM
  • In Plain Sight, USA, 10PM
  • The Ultimate Fighter, FX, 10PM
  • Spartacus: Vengeance, Starz, 10PM


  • NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Regional Finals, CBS, 4:20 & 8PM
  • The Firm, NBC, 9PM
  • Being Human, BBCA, 9PM
  • Rockets/Mavericks, NBA, 8PM
  • Kings/Warriors, NBA, 10:30PM


  • F1 Malaysian Grand Prix, 4AM, Speed
  • Mythbusters (season premiere), Discovery, 10PM
  • Mad Men (season premiere), AMC, 9PM
  • Luck (series finale), HBO, 9PM
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series @ Fontana, Fox, 2:30PM
  • NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, CBS, 2:10 & 4:55PM
  • Heat/Thunder, ESPN, 8PM
  • Frozen Planet, Discovery, 8PM
  • 60 Minutes, CBS, 7PM
  • The Cleveland Show, Fox, 7:30PM
  • Once Upon a Time, ABC, 8PM
  • The Simpsons, Fox, 8PM
  • The Amazing Race, CBS, 8PM
  • Harry's Law, NBC, 8PM
  • Bob's Burgers, Fox, 8:30PM
  • The Apprentice, NBC, 9PM
  • The Shadow Line, DirecTV, 9PM
  • The Good Wife, CBS, 9PM
  • Inside West Coast Customs, Velocity, 9PM
  • Desperate Housewives, ABC, 9PM
  • Shameless, Showtime, 9PM
  • American Dad, Fox, 9:30PM
  • Grizzlies/Lakers, ESPN, 9:30PM
  • House of Lies, Showtime, 10PM
  • GCB, ABC, 10PM
  • CSI: Miami, CBS, 10PM
  • Breakout Kings, A&E, 10PM
  • Eastbound & Down, HBO, 10PM
  • Full Metal Jousting, History, 10PM
  • Californication, Showtime, 10:30PM
  • Life's Too Short, HBO, 10:30PM

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