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Gershon’s ‘Everything’ to make Scarlett Blanche

November 14, 2009

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If you’re exploiting the “Gone with the Wind” take on Southern womanhood, you might as well go all the way. So goes the two-part miniseries adaptation of Ann Rule’s novel “Everything She Ever Wanted” (7 p.m., Lifetime Movie Network).

Gina Gershon (“Showgirls,” “Rescue Me”) is cast in the role of the Southern temptress. Pat Allanson (Gershon) steals her younger husband away from his wife and kids, only to saddle him with the mortgage for a vast estate. Everything in “Everything” is over-the-top, from Gershon’s outfits to her honey-dripping accent. It’s the guilty pleasure of the weekend.

• “Flower Girl” (8 p.m. Saturday, Hallmark) takes the always-a-bridesmaid-never-a-bride lament to the realm of fantasy. Marla Sokoloff (“The Practice”) stars as Laurel, a florist who caters weddings but yearns for her own, and Marion Ross (“Happy Days”) as Rose, her grandmother, who does her best to be a meddling matchmaker.

• “Coal Country” (7 p.m., Planet Green) looks at “Mountaintop Removal,” an explosive process that facilitates coal extraction while leaving rivers and streams filled with chemicals and debris, and destroying a landscape and a way of life.

• Purists may dismiss a remake of “The Prisoner” (7 p.m., Sunday), but they’re missing the point. This is an homage to the power of “Lost,” a hit series that reaffirmed broadcasters’ faith in an audience’s ability to follow a complex and baffling story shot through with metaphor and message.

A man (Jim Caviezel) finds himself in a strange village surrounded by a desert landscape. Everyone seems to know him, and they call him Six. On the surface, they all subscribe to the notion that they have never lived anywhere but The Village, where they submit to the dictatorship of Two (Ian McKellen). But Six knows he is not Six, and we learn more about events (work for a super-secret private company and a dalliance with a mystery woman) that preceded and perhaps necessitated his arrival in The Village.

While austere, the set and surroundings are stunning. The location is a resort in Namibia consisting of near-identical 1970s-style A-frames in the desert. Caviezel does a credible job as Six, but this is McKellen’s show. He’s a master of the subtle gesture and malevolently raised eyebrow.

Perhaps the best thing about “The Prisoner” is its running time: six hours over three consecutive nights. “The Prisoner” is more than a mini-series. It’s an event.

Today’s highlights

• Long thought dead, Robin’s father returns on “Robin Hood” (8 p.m., BBC America).

• A weather-modification experiment runs amok on “Ice Twisters” (8 p.m., SyFy).

• Scheduled on “48 Hours Mystery” (9 p.m., CBS): Some think a victim’s multiple stab wounds could have been self-inflicted.

• David Tennant (“Doctor Who”) appears on “The Graham Norton Show” (9 p.m., BBC America).

• Daredevil stunts on “Super Dave’s Spike-Tacular” (10 p.m., Spike).

• January Jones (“Mad Men”) hosts “Saturday Night Live” (10:30 p.m., NBC), featuring musical guests Black Eyed Peas.

Sunday’s highlights

• Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (6 p.m., CBS): improvised bombs in Afghanistan; chicken eggs, DNA and dinosaurs; Iraq’s Marsh Arabs.

• Indianapolis hosts New England on “Sunday Night Football” (7:15 p.m., NBC).

• “Nature” (7:15 p.m., PBS, check local listings) explores life with humpback whales.

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