April 24, 2013 • 03:13:49 p.m.

5 Faves: Things we're excited about this week 3/28

Five things the Planit Pl@y staff is excited about this week

TELEVISION

“Bates Motel”

Even without knowing anything about the “Psycho” book or movie, you can still get into “Bates Motel.” Two episodes into the show’s first season, it is proving to be more “Lost” than Hitchcock. Part of that is due to Emmy award-winning “Lost” executive producer Carton Cuse getting the nod for the same position on this series. And while it may not have time travel or a loveable Hurley character, “Bates Motel” has a similar pacing with its story. Nestor Carbonell, who played cult-favorite Richard Alpert on “Lost,” also shows up as the town’s sheriff. “Lost” parallels aside, at least watch this to see Vera Farmiga (“The Departed,” “Up In The Air”) play one heck of a creepy mom. (Airs 9 p.m. Mondays on A&E.) – Rob Carroll

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TELEVISION

“Doctor Who”

Hello, Sweetie. The Doctor is back Saturday, kicking off 50 years since the series first debuted in BBC in 1963. And for those who are new to Who, it’s a great time to jump in. After the departure of the Doctor’s faithful companions Amy and Rory, he has a new companion with a mystery all her own to solve, and all of time and space to solve it. Show runner Stephen Moffat says fan-favorite villains the Cybermen are set to return this season, and possibly the Daleks, as our favorite Time Lord continues to use his wits to battle foes and save the world(s). Bonus: Moffat promises to roll out a host of events to celebrate the show’s anniversary, including a 60-minute, 3D-filmed anniversary special to air this fall. (Series 7 returns 7 p.m. Saturday on BBC America.) – Valerie Katzenstein

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MOVIE

‘Safety Not Guaranteed’

Finding something good to stream on Netflix can be difficult because of the service’s vast collection of movie and TV titles. Instantwatcher.com helps pare down the choices by offering a variety of filters and posting a list of the 50 most popular titles in the last 24 hours. Using this tool, I recently found “Safety Not Guaranteed,” a 2012 film about a magazine writer and two interns who track down a man who posted a classified ad seeking a partner to travel back in time. The ad reads, in part, “Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed.” The story is quirky, funny, unexpected and engaging. I was cheering by the end. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the movie stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson. It’s available on Netflix streaming through Aug. 13, 2014, and had a rating of 3.9 stars (out of 5), according to Instantwatcher.com. – Brett Rowland

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TELEVISION

‘The Walking Dead’ 

The tension between Rick’s group of survivors in the prison and the shady Governor’s town/military camp, Woodbury, has been building for the past several weeks in “The Walking Dead.” Finally, we get to see the two sides face off. We also get to see if Daryl Dixon can pull it together after the death of someone close to him last week. So, a huge battle and plenty of Daryl Dixon make this one to watch. Oh, yeah, they still have zombies ... I mean walkers ... to worry about, too. (Season finale airs 8 p.m. Sunday on AMC.) – Rob Carroll

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GADGET

Spacebar by Quirky

The Space Bar by Quirky is a sleek, elegant desk accessory in brushed aluminum that minimizes clutter while providing additional USB ports for your computer. It features four USB ports in the front and two in the back for charging and syncing. The spacebar can stow a keyboard up to 18 inches long by 1.5 inches high and supports up to 30.5 pounds weight (the weight of a 27-inch Apple iMac). Slide your keyboard into the space below the shelf or store your office miscellany – keys, digital camera, etc. – up top. This is a perfect gadget for the modern home office creating more space with less clutter. (Available at Amazon.) – R. Scott Helmchen


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