TV highlights: Liza Minelli on ‘Smash,’ Sunday talk shows

April 5, 2013
HIGHLIGHTS

Saturday night, “Smash” (NBC at 9) officially begins the burn-off phase, as Liza Minnelli guest-stars to attend Ivy’s party.

Sunday talk shows: “Platts Energy Week” (WUSA at 7:30 a.m.) interviews former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman and United Transportation Advisers’ Brigham McCown; “This Week in Defense News” (WUSA at 8) has Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and former Defense Policy Board chairman Richard N. Perle; “BioCentury This Week” (WUSA at 8:30) features Aisling Capital’s Dennis Purcell, Guggenheim Partners’ Stuart Duty and Piper Jaffray technical research head Craig W. Johnson; “Fox News Sunday” (Fox at 9) hosts Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer, former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) and The Post’s executive editor Marty Baron; “White House Chronicle” (WETA at 9) has American Enterprise Institute’s Norman Ornstein and George Washington University’s Amitai Etzioni; “State of the Union” (CNN at 9) features Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D-Conn.), former governor John Huntsman (R-Utah) and Reps. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.); “The Chris Matthews Show” (NBC at 10) hosts Time’s Joe Klein, BBC’s Katty Kay, NBC’s Peter Alexander and Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter.

“This Week” (ABC at 10) features Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer; “Newsmakers” (C-SPAN at 10) talks to Gun Owners of America’s Larry Pratt; “This Is America & the World” (WETA at 10 and WHUT at 6 p.m.) heads to Oman and talks to Yusef Alawi Abdullah, minister responsible for foreign affairs, and Hunaina Al Mughairy, ambassador to the United States; “Meet the Press” (NBC at 10:30) has Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), and former governor Bill Richardson (D-N.M.); “Face the Nation” (CBS at 10:30) talks to Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and to Madeleine Albright; “Washington Watch With Roland Martin” (TV One at 11) hosts the Rev. Al Sharpton and Reps. Marcia L. Fudge (D- Ohio) and Charles B. Rangel (D- N.Y.); “Bloomberg Government’s Capitol Gains” (WUSA at 11:30) has Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and Bloomberg’s Bob Litan.

Sunday is Holocaust Remembrance Day, and WETA HD airs “Finding Kalman” (at 5 p.m.), which looks at how a Holocaust survivor’s story impacts four generations of family, including one from Baltimore.

The Academy of Country Music Awards (CBS at 8) is hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, and features performances by everyone from Taylor Swift to Tim McGraw.

The Season 6 premiere of “Mad Men” (AMC at 9) debuts, as Don has an idea for a new campaign and Roger gets unsettling news.

Documentary “Defiant Requiem: Voices of Resistance” (WETA, MPT at 10) premieres on Holocaust Remembrance Day. It looks at the trip that conductor Murry Sidlin took to a concentration camp in 2006 to stage a choir performance of Verdi’s “Requiem” as a tribute to the same piece performed by imprisoned Jewish people during the spring of 1944.

— Emily Yahr

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