Critic’s corner: What’s on TV this weekend

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Crisis Sunday, 10 p.m., NBC

During a high-school field trip, the children of some of the most wealthy and politically connected people in Washington — including the president’s son — are taken hostage by a nefarious organization. Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”) is a wealthy parent who links with her FBI agent sister (Rachael Taylor) to help ferret out what the bad guys actually want. Meanwhile, one kid (Joshua Erenberg) separated from the pack is protected by a Secret Service agent (Lance Gross) determined to save all of the kids, abducted on his watch. None of the parents are what they seem to be — including Dermot Mulroney as one of the trip chaperones — and their pouty entitled offspring don’t cotton to being held captive, as it is interrupting their teen angst. The pilot episode isn’t quite an automatic clincher — it has a couple of twists seasoned viewers will see coming — but a few more episodes will determine whether this is a crisis viewers are interested in seeing resolved.


Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Sunday, 9 p.m., Fox


This Seth MacFarlane-produced continuation of Carl Sagan’s original journey garnered respectable numbers premiering across 10 networks last week. The beautiful-looking series, hosted by scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, returns this week with a focus on molecules.

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That Metal Show Saturday 11 p.m., VH1 Classic

Don, Jim, and Eddie invite over a twisted sister.

The Walking Dead Sunday, 9 p.m., AMC

Gimme shelter.


Resurrection Sunday, 9 p.m., ABC

Let the exhumations begin.