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The Ten Commandments Is an Ungodly Long Holiday Tradition

ALSO: BlacKkKlansman, Restaurant Impossible, Wyatt Cenac, John Mulaney, and more
  • Charlton Heston as Moses in The Ten Commandments
    Charlton Heston as Moses in The Ten Commandments
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    ANNUAL TRADITION: On the occasion of Passover and Easter this weekend, celebrate with ABC’s annual airing of the 1956 Cecil B. DeMille classic The Ten Commandments. One of the signature classics of the biblical-epic genre, the film stars Charlton Heston as Moses, from his days raised as an Egyptian prince to his calling as a prophet and liberator for the Hebrew people. But for as much as Heston and the Bible might seem like incredibly conservative viewing, know that the best parts of the movie are provided by All About Eve’s Anne Baxter, The King and I’s Yul Brynner, The Munsters’ Yvonne DeCarlo, a suuuuper campy Edward G. Robinson, and even Vincent Price, all adding up to a surprisingly queer religious epic. 8:00 PM ET on ABC

    CABLE PREMIERE: Spike Lee won a long-time-coming Academy Award for writing the screenplay for the 2018 film BlacKkKlansman. If you’ve waited this long to see it, HBO has you covered with its big world premiere movie of the week. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    MILESTONE: It’s been a long time coming for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic to reach their 200th episode, but here we are. The episode, titled “Twilight’s Seven” comes in the show’s 9th season, which will be its final one. 11:30 AM ET on Discovery Family Channel

    SERIES PREMIERE: On the complete opposite end of the spectrum from My Little Pony (...or is it?) sits Netflix’s Grass Is Greener, a documentary that delves into the political and legal ramifications of pot in the U.S., and its position within the hip-hop community. Streaming on Netflix

    ALSO TONIGHT

    • Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas tackles mental health issues in Oregon. 10:15 PM ET on HBO
    • Saturday Night Live isn’t new this week, but it’s a repeat of the recent episode starring show favorite John Mulaney. 11:30 PM ET on NBC
    • Restaurant Impossible premieres its 14th season of entrepreneurial shaming. 9:00 PM ET on Food Network

    Joe Reid is the Managing Editor at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, The Herald Sun, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.

    TOPICS: ABC, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas, Spike Lee