Pickings this week are slim, not that I mind much. I plan on watching the season premiere of “Mad Men” about three more times, and I could use the spare time in my TV viewing schedule. (“Zou Bisou Bisou”!)

Is anyone still watching “Alcatraz”? It seemed to have so much potential: Locally set; good “Lost” pedigree; spookiness; Hurley! But after about four episodes I just couldn’t take the ludicrous premise, (combined with boring stories), and gave up. The season is coming to an end tonight at 8 P.M. on Fox, in a two-hour episode, and I hope for the fans that do remain, there’s some kind of pay-off, since renewal seems iffy at best.

Speaking of high potential and low returns, the BBC drama “Whitechapel” comes back on Wednesday, March 28th at 10 P.M. on BBC America. What began as a clever combination of modern-crime-solving-meets-Jack-the-Ripper, has devolved into the usual criminal procedural, albeit one that still incorporates some investigation into classic crimes. Except, those crimes are British, and not nearly as intriguing as the work of old Jacky…

Sunday, April 1st seems to be where you’ll find all the stuff (possibly) worth watching this week. But since we’re talking about disappointments, let’s start there, and the season two premiere of “The Killing” at 8 P.M. on AMC.

If you were amongst the many who found the show to be a maddening collection of inept police work, red herrings, and dead ends that led to…not much, and certainly not the solution to the central mystery of who killed Rosie Larsen, well, I’m not sure the fact that her death will remain unsolved for the majority of the season will be any kind of consolation. Which leaves us with…more investigating in the rain. Terrific!

Ironically, perhaps the best bet for TV this week is PBS’s presentation of “Great Expectations” on Masterpiece Classic, at 9 P.M. on KQED. They’re certainly selling it like it’s going to be a rocking good time. Look! It’s Gillian Anderson as Miss Havisham!

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Lastly, let’s end with another drama filled with British accents and mud, “Game of Thrones” returns to HBO at 9 P.M. But if you’re a fan, I imagine you already know that, and are planning to illegally download it watch it completely legally via your in-home, paid HBO subscription on Sunday night. Enjoy.

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Rain Jokinen watches a lot of television and movies and then writes things about them on the Internet. She's a San Francisco native, and yeah, she'll rub that fact in your face any chance she gets.

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  • Greg Dewar

    The latest adaptation of Great Expectations is pretty good. I’ve seen so many terrible adaptations of it, the fact this one doesn’t suck elevated it a bit in my opinion. But seriously if one likes period pieces, it’s worth seeing.

  • Greg Dewar

    The latest adaptation of Great Expectations is pretty good. I’ve seen so many terrible adaptations of it, the fact this one doesn’t suck elevated it a bit in my opinion. But seriously if one likes period pieces, it’s worth seeing.