By Caryn James | James on Screens January 7, 2011 at 5:20AM
There are no good, major films turning up this weekend, but Sunday is crammed with great television.
Best of all is DOWNTON ABBEY on PBS's Masterpece Classic (Sunday, 9 ET), an extravagant pre-World War I drama about the inheritance of an estate. It's loaded with sparkling dialogue, social conflict, and intrigue, upstairs and down. Here's my full review.
Showtime premieres two brash new series. The surprisingly funny EPISODES, (Sunday, 9:30) has Matt LeBlanc playing a fictional version of himself and ruining a perfectly good British comedy being remade for American television. Full review here.
It's followed by SHAMELESS, an offbeat dark comedy about a drunken father and his large family, which has been transplanted to from the U.K. to Chicago, wonderfully cast with William H. Macy as the Dad, and definitely not ruined along the way. (Review here.) Showtime is having a free preview this weekend, so catch them while you can.
And if you missed Idris Elba as the emotionally tortured detective John Luther (photo above), BBC America will have a marathon of all 6 episodes of the taut, psychologically-thrilling series LUTHER starting Sunday at noon. Anyone who fell for Elba as Stringer Bell on The Wire should enjoy seeing him on the other side of the law and the Atlantic.