Since it's the last three-day weekend of the summer, TV probably shouldn't be a major focus of your attention. That's why HBO's Sunday night lineup -- "True Blood," "Hung," and "Entourage" -- is taking a holiday and the premium cable outlet is airing "True Blood" reruns from 8 to 11 p.m. Sunday.
But despite a reported mistake earlier this week on its own Web site, AMC's "Mad Men" is, indeed, running a new episode at 9 p.m. Sunday.
After Peggy shared in some communal reefer on last week's show, she's looking for a new roommate on this Sunday's episode. Note that the episodes have been running over a couple minutes into the 10 p.m. hour if you're recording. DVR's should pick up the overrun, but consider yourself warned.
Elsewhere on TV this Labor Day weekend, the traditional airing of Jerry Lewis' "MDA Telethon" starts at 7 p.m. on Channel 41 (Channel 7 on Time Warner Cable) and then jumps to sister station Channel 58 at 10 p.m., where it airs until 7 p.m. Monday.
Channel 58 also has U.S. Open tennis on Saturday and Sunday, with coverage starting at 10 a.m. each day.
Among holiday TV marathons, Spike has one of the finest mini-series ever made, "Band of Brothers" airing this weekend. You can catch all 10 episodes starting at 9 a.m. Monday.
If you're still missing Bea Arthur something fierce, WE has a slew of "Golden Girls" airing from 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Hallmark Channel goes "Golden Girls" crazy from 7 a.m. to midnight Monday.
Tim Cuprisin is the media columnist for OnMilwaukee.com. He's been a journalist for 30 years, starting in 1979 as a police reporter at the old City News Bureau of Chicago, a legendary wire service that's the reputed source of the journalistic maxim "if your mother says she loves you, check it out." He spent a couple years in the mean streets of his native Chicago, and then moved on to the Green Bay Press-Gazette and USA Today, before coming to the Milwaukee Journal in 1986.
A general assignment reporter, Cuprisin traveled Eastern Europe on several projects, starting with a look at Poland after five years of martial law, and a tour of six countries in the region after the Berlin Wall opened and Communism fell. He spent six weeks traversing the lands of the former Yugoslavia in 1994, linking Milwaukee Serbs, Croats and Bosnians with their war-torn homeland.
In the fall of 1994, a lifetime of serious television viewing earned him a daily column in the Milwaukee Journal (and, later the Journal Sentinel) focusing on TV and radio. For 15 years, he has chronicled the changes rocking broadcasting, both nationally and in Milwaukee, an effort he continues at OnMilwaukee.com.
When he's not watching TV, Cuprisin enjoys tending to his vegetable garden in the backyard of his home in Whitefish Bay, cooking and traveling.