ON TV: This week, it's the end of one series and the beginning of a new season for another. First, HBO's “Big Love” ends tonight. The drama, centered around a polygamist family, has been revving up for an explosive ending that could possibly mean jail for the husband (Bill Paxton). “Dancing With the Stars” begins its 12th season Monday on ABC. Among the cast is Kirstie Alley (“Cheers”), Ralph Macchio (“The Karate Kid”) and champion boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.
STAGE: Creighton University has the weekend all to itself for local stage openings. Stephen Sondheim's musical “Into the Woods,” which mashes together the storylines of several Grimm fairy tales, opens Wednesday.
GAMING: Those 3-D glasses aren't just for movies anymore. On Saturday, Nintendo will release their Nintendo 3DS hand-held gaming system for sale in stores — for the retail price of $249.99. Nintendo DS games won't be compatible with the new system. The games for the 3DS can be played in both 3-D and 2-D versions, but why buy it if you aren't going to play in 3-D? And yes, it comes with the glasses.
MOVIES: A youthful set of movies opens Friday. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules,” a sequel based on Jeff Kinney's novel for kids, finds Greg (Zachary Gordon) braving his first days of seventh grade, while his parents (Steve Zahn and Rachael Harris) push stronger bonds with his torturing older brother, Rodrick (Devon Bostick). In “Sucker Punch,” a young girl (Emily Browning) institutionalized by a wicked stepfather envisions a plan of escape in an action thriller from director Zack Snyder (“300”). Abbie Cornish and Vanessa Hudgens co-star. “Kaboom,” a sci-fi story, centers on the sexual awakening of a group of college students. Haley Bennett, Thomas Dekker and James Duvall star.