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

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Killing Lincoln Sunday, 8 p.m., National Geographic Channel

Could our 16th president be any hotter? From vampire hunting to car sales to Spielberg films, Honest Abe is definitely winning in the dead presidents sweepstakes. NatGeo even dubs him “The Elvis of Presidents.” This original TV movie, which, as its title implies, chronicles the days before Lincoln’s assassination, has an intriguing pedigree. It is based on a book by Bill O’Reilly, executive produced by the Scott Brothers (Ridley and the late Tony), narrated by Tom Hanks (who also appears onscreen as a repository of exposition), and stars Billy Campbell (above), who apparently can’t stay away from projects with “Killing” in the title.


Pastor Brown Saturday, 8 p.m., Lifetime

It’s tough being a preacher’s kid. Tougher still when you’re an exotic dancer who now wants to take over your father’s congregation, much to said congregation’s consternation, as in this Lifetime movie starring Salli Richardson-Whitfield (above), Ernie Hudson, and Tisha Campbell-Martin. The prodigal daughter also has to answer to the child she abandoned before skipping town for stripping. Oh, Lifetime, don’t ever change.

History of the Eagles Saturday, 8 p.m., Showtime

Part II: The Long Run.

Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream Saturday, 9 p.m., HBO


Busy being fabulous.

Unfaithful: Stories of Betrayal Saturday, 9 p.m., OWN

Lyin’ eyes.

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