Nittany Lion in winter

Al Pacino is best known for playing verbose characters on the big screen, but he can be equally effective when he keeps his mouth shut. “Paterno,” which looks at the downfall of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, is a striking example of “less is more,” with the actor doing work that could lead to his third Emmy. Directed by Barry Levinson, the film strays too often into a side story about the reporter (played by Riley Keough) who broke the story on Penn State’s sex-abuse scandal, but Pacino maintains focus throughout. For an interview with the star, go to startribune.com/tv.

7 p.m. Saturday, HBO

No ticket to paradise

Eddie Money never had the stage success of Ozzy Osbourne and he fails to keep up with “The Osbournes” star in the world of reality TV, as well. “Real Money” is a sincere effort to give the “Baby Hold On” croaker a second life, but neither he nor his family are hilarious — or screwed up — enough to keep you interested.

8:30 p.m. Sunday, AXS TV

Blinding us with science

“Deadly Intelligence” may be the sneakiest, and most effective, way to educate viewers about science. Each episode focuses on the suspicious deaths of influential figures like biologist Frank Olson and inventor Nikola Tesla, but you also learn about their contributions to society. Brilliant!

9 p.m. Sunday, Science Channel

Neal Justin