TV highlights: ‘House of Versace’ on Lifetime


Gina Gershon stars as Donatella Versace in the Lifetime movie “House of Versace.” (Jan Thijs/Lifetime)
October 3, 2013

The HBO original movie “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO at 8 p.m.) dramatizes what happened when the Supreme Court decided the outcome of Ali’s 1971 case about the Vietnam War draft.

Inspired by the real-life story, original movie “House of Versace” (Lifetime at 8) follows the story of Donatella Versace (played by Gina Gershon), who takes over her designer brother’s fashion empire after he is killed.

Expect nightmares if you tune into this movie — on “Scarecrow” (Syfy at 9), a group of teens is stranded in the deserted country while a killer scarecrow tries to attack the youths.

Sunday talk shows: “Platts Energy Week” (WUSA at 7:30 a.m.) interviews BP’s David Eyton and AES Storage’s Chris Shelton; “This Week in Defense News” (WUSA at 8) has Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments’ Todd Harrison and Gen. Paul J. Selva; “BioCentury This Week” (WUSA at 8:30) features Deerfield Institute’s Jonathan Leff, New Enterprise Associates’ Edward Mathers and Cowen Group’s Jamie Streator; “Fox News Sunday” (Fox at 9) hosts Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Reps. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) and Tom Graves (R-Ga.).

“White House Chronicle” (WETA at 9) has The Economist’s David Rennie, The Eisenhower Group’s Susan Eisenhower and Bertelsmann Foundation’s Tyson Barker; “State of the Union” (CNN at 9) features Treasury’s Jack Lew and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.); “This Week” (ABC at 10) features House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio); “Newsmakers” (C-SPAN at 10) talks to Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.); “This Is America & the World” (WETA at 10 and WHUT at 6 p.m.) heads to Astana, Kazakhstan, to cover the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions; “Meet the Press” (NBC at 10:30) has Jack Lew and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.); “Face the Nation” (CBS at 10:30) talks to Jack Lew, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; “Bloomberg Government’s Capitol Gains” (Bloomberg at 11:30) has Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Timothy M. Kaine (D-Va.).

Sunday afternoon, new talk show “T.D. Jakes Presents: Mind, Body & Soul” (BET at noon) hosts its first guest, gospel star Marvin Sapp.

“Drop Dead Diva” (Lifetime at 9) returns for the second half of its fifth season, as Jane works with a socialite with major legal problems.

Drama “Witches of East End” (Lifetime at 10) debuts. Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever says, “The show has a sincerity about its silliness and light spookiness; for a moment there, it’s almost as if ‘True Blood’ tried to conceive a demon baby with ‘Bunheads.’ ”

Docuseries “Alaskan Women Looking For Love” (TLC at 10) is self-explanatory, as a group of friends from Kodiak, Alaska, travel to Miami Beach to try to find their soulmates.

— Emily Yahr

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