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Easter gifts can be traditional like this, or be in the form of some great new TV programs. (PHOTO: shutterstock.com )

Easter weekend comes with some great TV gifts


Spring, and Easter weekend especially, is meant to be a time of renewals and new beginnings. In Christianity, it marks the resurrection of Jesus, and the end of lent. For others, it is a time filled with chocolate, eggs and bunnies.

Traditional gifts include fresh flowers like those available from Pro Flowers. Or it can be items given to close friends and loved ones from Personal Creations.

No matter what your family traditions entail at this time of the year, I think most people would agree that it would be nice to find something new glowing on the magic box on the wall.

I love to look at the wonderful gifts that TV networks around the globe offer with new programs.

BBC America is ready to reveal the next chapter of "Doctor Who" on Saturday night. Matt Smith is the 11th person to play the title character in the popular science fiction program from across the pond. Some of us may have grown up watching earlier incarnations of the show on PBS outlets. For me, that included a curly-haired man with a long scarf running through time and space, traveling in a small police box on Milwaukee Public Television's Channel 10.

Jenna-Louise Coleman joins the regular cast as the Doctor's new human companion. It should be fun to see what hope and wonder through dealing with aliens that this popular import will bring us.

About the show, the BBC reports, "The duo finds new adversaries and familiar friends around every corner as they journey from the bottom of the ocean in a submarine to the center of the TARDIS and beyond. The Cybermen make a thunderous return and the Ice Warrior arrives in an unexpected place."

On top of the new "Doctor Who" shows, the program is marking its 50th anniversary. Every month this year, the show's current creators are offering a special look at the people who appeared as the main characters in each incarnation of the show.

Season Three of "Games of Thrones" hits the small screen on Sunday night. HBO brings us the fantastic tale through four countries with dragons and warring factions.

The pay channel calls the series based on George R.R Martin's popular "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, "In a world where no one is safe and treachery looms around every corner this sex-fueled, violent world is designed for even those who would traditionally shy away from a fantasy series."

Saturday on BBC America is a new show "Orphan Black." Tatiana Maslany stars in the lead role of Sarah, an orphan whose life changes after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. The thriller-type mystery involves the discovery of clones and why they were made.

The American cable outlet fueled by shows from over the pond is launching a programming block, calling it "Supernatural Saturday." The tactic is different and may work for an outlet that can exist well with cult followings.

On traditional network TV, Saturday is considered a dead zone. Often primetime lineups feature reruns of popular series or becomes a home of specials and sporting events.

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