Friday Night Lights 8 and 9 p.m., ESPN Classic
Now let’s see, where was I? Oh right. I’m back after a few months working on a book called “Off the Leash” for St. Martin’s Press, due next May. It’s about a dog park, which took me far away from watching TV, except when it came to having bags at the ready (that means you, “Whitney.”). I can’t thank Sarah Rodman enough for taking over this column and bringing her grace and humor to it every day. She’s a good one, not least of all because she, too, is a lover of “Friday Night Lights,” which, believe it or not, is still repeating on TV. Pictured: Kyle Chandler (second from left) as Coach Eric Taylor.
The Newsroom Sunday at 10 p.m., HBO
A bunch of series compelled me to watch when I didn’t have to, among them “Girls,” “Game of Thrones,” “Mad Men,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Nurse Jackie,” and this one, “The Newsroom.” I know it can be irritating; Sorkin uses characters as tools to make his own Big Points. The show could be called “The Soapbox.” And the characters’ self-importance is over the top; you want to remind them they’re just putting on a show, not a world war. But still: The issue of desperate TV news outlets trolling for viewers is gripping. I’m in.
Anderson Cooper 360 8 p.m., CNN
The fact is, he’s gray.
Big Ang Sunday at 9 p.m., VH1
Mob wife or leather carry-on?
Talking Dead Sunday at 9 p.m., AMC
Resident Evil: “The View.”