Not lost in translation
Recent Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss stars in “Tokyo Project,” a short and not-so-sweet film about two American strangers who tumble into each other’s arms during a visit to Japan. There isn’t much dialogue — or clarity — in this effort executive-produced by Lena Dunham, but Moss and “Girls” veteran Ebon Moss-Bachrach speak volumes through their sad eyes.
9 p.m. Saturday, HBO
Mark Twain may be America’s greatest satirist, but he sounds like an awful traveling companion. If his breakthrough book “The Innocents Abroad” didn’t convince you, then the documentary “Mark Twain’s Journey to Jerusalem” surely will. Martin Sheen narrates this lighthearted account of the author’s 1867 cruise to the Holy Land in which very little seems to please the budding author.
8 a.m. Sunday, TPT, Ch. 2
Live and let die
“Make It Out Alive,” a new docu-series looking back at recent American disasters, treats horrifying moments in history as a backdrop for a game show, with viewers having to guess who lives or dies in the wake of events like Mount St. Helens’ 1980 eruption and the 1989 San Francisco earthquake.
8 p.m. Sunday, Smithsonian Channel