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Thursday, Nov. 8: Bette Midler Is Back as Caprice on ‘Murphy Brown’

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Thursday, Nov. 8

Murphy Brown: “A Lifetime of Achievement”
CBS, 9:30pm
Guest Star Alert!

Well, hello, Bette! More than 20 years after Bette Midler played Caprice Feldman, the last of Murphy Brown’s (Candice Bergen) 93 woeful secretaries, the Divine Miss M returns as the entitled society widow. “In Murphy’s mind, she was the worst assistant ever,” says creator Diane English. “So it’s almost like she’s having PTSD when she hears Caprice’s voice.”

Days of Our Lives
NBC, 1pm

It’s the 53rd anniversary of Days, and there’s more than one reason to celebrate! Marlena and John (Deidre Hall and Drake Hogestyn) are getting remarried! But will they actually make it to “I do” this time? Let’s not forget the pair’s last ceremony, in August, was interrupted when the bride-to-be took a bullet to the chest. The course of true love never did run smooth … especially on soaps.

College Football: Wake Forest at NC State
ESPN, 7:30pm Live

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons collide with the NC State Wolfpack in an ACC matchup at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C.

Grey’s Anatomy: “Anybody Have a Map?”
ABC, 8pm
While Catherine (Debbie Allen) is in Los Angeles getting the new foundation ready, she summons Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) and Koracick (Greg Germann) to visit for a highly confidential consult. Back in Seattle, one of the nurses is 28 weeks pregnant and collapses at the hospital while talking to Richard (James Pickens Jr.).

We Are Not Done Yet
HBO, 8pm

This documentary follows U.S. veterans and active-duty service members from varied backgrounds who come together at the USO Warrior and Family Center in Bethesda, Md., for a workshop led by poet Seema Reza and Community Building Art Works. The workshop strives to help soldiers use the written word to share their fears, vulnerabilities and victories as a tool to combat their traumatic military pasts. The event culminates with the live performance of a collaborative poem at Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, D.C., under the direction of actor Jeffrey Wright (HBO’s Westworld).

Superstore: “Maternity Leave”
NBC, 8pm

Amy (America Ferrera) faces a nightmare day at work when she learns she doesn’t have maternity leave — a day made worse by Cheyenne (Nichole Bloom) and Mateo’s (Nico Santos) campaign to change her baby’s name. Meanwhile, Jonah (Ben Feldman) and Garrett (Colton Dunn) take on hiring the new seasonal help.

NBA Basketball
TNT, beginning at 8pm Live

A star-powered NBA doubleheader on TNT features the Houston Rockets in Oklahoma City to face the Thunder. In the second game, the Milwaukee Bucks head to the Bay Area to take on the Golden State Warriors.

NFL Football: Carolina at Pittsburgh
FOX & NFL Network, 8:20pm Live
Week 10’s Thursday Night Football clash has Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers visiting Heinz Field to take on Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Good Place: “The Worst Possible Use of Free Will”
NBC, 8:30pm

Eleanor (Kristen Bell) recalls some forgotten events from her past.

Mom: “Puzzle Club and a Closet Party”
CBS, 9pm

In the new episode “Puzzle Club and a Closet Party,” Christy (Anna Faris) and Wendy (Beth Hall) help Jill (Jaime Pressly) clean out her closet, which turns into a bigger job than they expected.

Legacies: “We’re Being Punked, Pedro”
The CW, 9pm

As punishment for breaking the rules, Hope (Danielle Rose Russell), Lizzie (Jenny Boyd), Josie (Kaylee Bryant) and MG (Quincy Fouse) are forced to participate in a community service project in the Mystic Falls town square. Landon (Aria Shahghasemi) and Rafael’s (Peyton Alex Smith) attempt at a life on the road takes a dangerous turn when they become unsuspecting targets.

Baroness Von Sketch Show
IFC, 9pm
Season Premiere!
Season 3 of the all-female sketch series debuts tonight with back-to-back episodes. The remaining episodes of the 10-episode season will air weekly, with programs airing two at a time. Performed and written by Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen, the acclaimed comedy has also been renewed for Season 4, to debut next year.

Will & Grace: “Kid ’n Play”
NBC, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Will (Eric McCormack) discovers that Noah (guest star David Schwimmer) has a child he hasn’t told Grace (Debra Messing) about, but Will is now sworn to secrecy. Karen (Megan Mullally) and Jack’s (Sean Hayes) relationship is tested when she fires him from the play she’s producing and replaces him with Jon Cryer (guest-starring as himself).

I Feel Bad: “I Miss Important Moments”
NBC, 9:30pm

After missing her baby’s first steps, Emet (Sarayu Blue) vows not to miss any other important moments. But when a huge, career-making presentation at work comes up at the same time as Lily’s (Lily Rose Silver) dance competition, Emet scrambles to pull off both.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: “Hell’s Kitchen”
NBC, 10pm

A waitress from a trendy New York restaurant is sexually assaulted at an after-hours VIP party. Chicago Fire star Monica Raymund directed the episode.

Friday, Nov. 9

Beat
Amazon
New Series!

This German-language crime drama is set in Berlin’s club scene and stars Jannis Niewöhner (Berlin Station) as a young, drug-using, sex-addicted club promoter, whose connections within the seedy club scene become of interest to police investigators trying to bring down an organ-trafficking ring. Karoline Herfurth (You Are Wanted), Christian Berkel (Inglourious Basterds), Alexander Fehling (Labyrinth of Lies) and Kostja Ullmann (My Blind Date With Life) also star.

Little Big Awesome
Amazon
New Episodes!

Catch new adventures of Gluko, a shape-shifting pink bouncy jelly blob, and Lennon, Gluko’s beanie-wearing BFF. The cheerful animated series also incorporates various forms of mixed media, including puppets, 2D animation and live action.

Patriot
Amazon
Season Premiere!
Michael Dorman returns as John Tavner, a melancholy intelligence officer who works out his issues by writing folks songs. In Season 2, Tavner finds himself without his bag of 11 million euros and no closer to the goal of influencing Iran’s presidential election, so his father (Terry O’Quinn) orders a more extreme measure: the assassination of the pro-nuclear candidate in a heavily guarded Paris compound. Season 2 also stars Debra Winger, Michael Chernus, Aliette Opheim, Kurtwood Smith and Kathleen Munroe.

The Romanoffs
Amazon

This week’s installment of the series about folks who think they have ties to Russian royalty centers on a reporter in Mexico.

Medal of Honor
Netflix
New Series!
This docuseries celebrates eight recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the military’s highest award for valor — bestowed upon fewer than 3,600 Americans since President Abraham Lincoln signed it into law in 1861. Archival footage and commentary from historians help highlight the experiences of the men chronicled in this series, whose battlegrounds ranged from Europe during World War II and the 38th Parallel during the Korean War to Laos during the deadliest year of the Vietnam War and the rugged mountains of Afghanistan.

Outlaw King
Netflix
Original Film!

Chris Pine reunites with his Hell or High Water director David Mackenzie for this untold, true story about Robert the Bruce (Pine), who transforms from defeated nobleman to outlaw hero during the oppressive occupation of medieval Scotland by Edward I of England (Stephen Dillane). Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh and Billy Howle also star.

Westside
Netflix
New Series!
This unscripted series offers a deeply personal glimpse into the journeys of nine young L.A.-based musicians as they follow their dreams. Each episode sheds light on their creative processes and personal struggles, interspersing cinéma vérité documentary footage with music videos featuring original songs.

College Basketball: Armed Forces Classic: Arkansas vs. Texas
ESPN, 7pm Live

The Armed Forces Classic college basketball game has the Texas Longhorns going up against the Arkansas Razorbacks at the U.S. Army’s Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Started in 2012 as a way to honor military personnel and veterans at Armed Forces installations around the globe, the game takes place on the U.S. mainland for the first time.

Fresh Off the Boat: “Mo’ Chinese Mo’ Problems”
ABC, 8pm

Jessica and Louis are thrilled beyond belief when they discover that a Chinese family — Elaine (Ming-Na Wen), Julius (Reggie Lee) and their son, Horace (Jimmy O. Yang) — has moved into the neighborhood.

Blindspot: “Naughty Monkey Kicks at Tree”
NBC, 8pm

A blast from Rich DotCom’s (Ennis Esmer) past sends the FBI team after a deadly terrorist plot.

MacGyver: “Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly”
CBS, 8pm

MacGyver (Lucas Till) and the team are sent to a Ghana landfill to recover a hard drive containing a mysterious file in the new episode “Scavengers + Hard Drive + Dragonfly.”

Hawaii Five-0
CBS, 9pm

Forget ALOHA shirts, flip-flops and swimwear. For its landmark 200th episode, the police procedural goes retro with double-breasted suits, vintage gowns and stylish fedoras when an unsolved case transports the gang to 1940s Hawaii … via a dream sequence! “It’s definitely a departure episode,” says Alex O’Loughlin, a.k.a. Det. Steve McGarrett, who “stumbles upon an old case his grandfather was obsessed with.” McGarrett begins to look into the matter, and when he falls asleep, he dreams he is his grandfather and tries to crack the cold case — a murder with a young woman’s disappearance at the center.

Hell’s Kitchen: “Hot Potato”
FOX, 9pm

Gordon Ramsay introduces the chefs to a worldwide celebrity — Mr. Potato Head — and challenges them to create dishes using potato as the key ingredient.

Midnight, Texas: “To Witch Hell and Back”
NBC, 9pm

Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) and Manfred (François Arnaud) try to get to the bottom of who or what is trying to kill Bobo (Dylan Bruce). A guilt-ridden Rev (Yul Vazquez) struggles with the weight of his past. Joe (Jason Lewis) embraces his new “night job,” unbeknownst to his husband.

Great Performances: “The Sound of Music”
PBS, 9pm

Enjoy a new U.K. production of the long-running hit that garnered the Best Musical Tony in 1960. The Sound of Music is the inspiring true story of the von Trapp Family Singers’ escape from Austria during the rise of Nazism.

Z Nation: “Limbo”
Syfy, 9pm

Warren (Kellita Smith) and the others are reunited with Addy (Anastasia Baranova) in “Limbo,” an underground casino run by Murphy (Keith Allan) and his Blends that shelters Talkers on the run from Altura Militia.

Blue Bloods: “By Hook or by Crook”
CBS, 10pm
Guest Star Alert!

Lou Diamond Phillips and Christine Ebersole guest-star in the new episode “By Hook or by Crook.” Things get personal for Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) when drug cartel hitman and arsonist Luis Delgado (Phillips) resurfaces.

Van Helsing: “Like Suicide”
Syfy, 10pm

Vanessa (Kelly Overton) has a final showdown with the Second Elder in San Francisco. In Denver, Flesh (Vincent Gale), Doc (Rukiya Bernard), Julius (Aleks Paunovic) and Jolene (Caroline Cave) learn that even in a Safe-Zone, life isn’t easy.

Room 104
HBO, 11:30pm
Season Premiere!

Mark and Jay Duplass’ twisted anthology series returns. Each episode is set in the same room of a typical American motel and follows the stories of the characters who pass through it. The episodes, which range from comedy to horror to thriller, feature stars including Mahershala Ali, Judy Greer, Brian Tyree Henry, Natalie Morales, Michael Shannon, Rainn Wilson and Charlyne Yi.

Saturday, Nov. 10

The Pioneer Woman: “Ask Me Anything: Thanksgiving”
Food Network, 10am

Today, we are grateful for Ree Drummond, whose Thanksgiving episode is all about answering questions. She dishes on everything from which cocktail pairs well with the bird to her top holiday dessert (pumpkin tiramisu — mmmm).

When You Wish Upon a Pickle: A “Sesame Street” Special
HBO, 7pm
Guest Star Alert!
Amanda Seyfried and Blake Lively guest-star in this special episode, where a mysterious wish machine with a magical pickle inside appears on Sesame Street and starts granting wishes. Before long, the gang learn they need to be careful what they wish for — especially when they find out the pickle will only grant one wish per customer! Abby Cadabby teams up with her favorite storybook detective — brought to life by a wish, of course — to solve the mystery of what’s going on in the neighborhood.

College Football: Florida State at Notre Dame
NBC, 7:30pm Live

Notre Dame Stadium hosts this primetime meeting between the Florida State Seminoles and the Fighting Irish on NBC.

It’s Christmas, Eve
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!
Multiplatinum singer LeAnn Rimes makes her Hallmark Channel debut as Eve, an interim school superintendent whose necessary cost-cutting measures threaten the music department of her childhood school. The two-time Grammy winner also serves as an executive producer on the project and is proud to highlight the love of a blended family, and the importance of music in the schools. She shares, “Academically, kids do so much better when music and art are in the schools.” Rimes has also written and will perform three original songs for the film.

Sunday, Nov. 11

TCM Veterans Day Guest Programmers
TCM, beginning at 12:45pm

On Veterans Day, Turner Classic Movies offers a day of films programmed and hosted by six veterans from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy. The veterans join host Ben Mankiewicz to discuss their military experiences as well as introduce the films they selected that have been meaningful to them (and which are not necessarily military-themed). The event kicks off with 1961’s A Raisin in the Sun.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Can-Am 500
NBC, 2:30pm

The Cup Series playoffs finish the Round of 8 at ISM Raceway near Phoenix, setting the stage for next week’s finale. Following today’s race, four drivers will be eligible for the championship. Will 2017 winner Martin Truex Jr. be among them?

Chandler Christmas Getaway
UP TV, 7pm
Original Film!

It’s the fifth installment of the Chandler family’s adventures! When December’s weather turns unseasonably warm, the Chandlers (Malinda Williams, Victoria Rowell, Gregory Alan Williams and DeEtta West) head to a cabin for wintry fun. But when old feuds awaken and new feuds arise, the Chandlers must pull themselves together to have a happy holiday.

Dancing With the Stars: Juniors
ABC, 8pm

The seven remaining celebrity kids have each been tasked with choosing the song they will dance to. While some of the songs chosen were favorites of the celebrity kids, others held some kind of special meaning to them.

Christmas in Love
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!
A small-town crafter (Brooke D’Orsay) who works in a bakery clashes with the company’s new CEO (Daniel Lissing) and teaches him that the secret ingredient in their famous Christmas Kringle is the bakery’s local employees. Mary-Margaret Humes also stars.

Seduced by My Neighbor
Lifetime, 8pm
Original Film

Single mom Sarah moves into the suburbs and starts dating a firefighter, only to find herself the target of an obsessive neighborhood watchman who tries to prove that he’s the best man to protect her — even if he has to create the danger himself. This “woman in peril” thriller stars Andrea Bogart, Trevor St. John, Sierra McCormick and Beth Broderick.

Outlander: “Do No Harm”
Starz, 8pm

Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) visit his aunt Jocasta (singer and actress Maria Doyle Kennedy) at her plantation, River Run. When tragedy strikes at the plantation, Jamie and Claire find themselves caught between what’s right and the law of the land, facing an impossible decision.

God Friended Me: “The Prodigal Son”
CBS, 8:30pm

In the new episode “The Prodigal Son,” Miles (Brandon Micheal Hall) is forced to confront family secrets when the God Account points him toward his uncle (guest star Malik Yoba).

20/20: “Becoming Michelle: A First Lady’s Journey With Robin Roberts”
ABC, 9pm

Robin Roberts talks to former first lady Michelle Obama about her journey from Chicago’s South Side to the White House, as well as her new book, Becoming.

The Walking Dead: “Who Are You Now?”
AMC, 9pm

The Survivors encounter unfamiliar faces outside the safety of their community’s walls and must decide whether or not this new group can be trusted.

Charmed: “Other Women”
The CW, 9pm

Mel (Melonie Diaz) is worried about Niko’s (Ellen Tamaki) safety. Maggie (Sarah Jeffery) notices that Macy (Madeleine Mantock) is upset about her situation with Galvin (Ser’Darius Blain), but they discover that things might not be exactly what they seem.

E! People’s Choice Awards
E!, 9pm Live

This year’s awards ceremony, which celebrates all forms of entertainment, has expanded to include 13 new categories including the Bingeworthy Show of 2018, Game Changer of 2018, Revival Show of 2018, Beauty Influencer of 2018 and more. Winners are selected entirely by fans.

A Veteran’s Christmas
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, 9pm
Original Film!
Eloise Mumford stars as a decorated veteran who has recently returned home after serving two military tours in Afghanistan and has been separated from her beloved K9 search and rescue partner. When she finds herself stranded in a small town shortly before Christmas, the local judge (Sean Faris) offers her a place to stay and shows her everything she has been missing.

Inside North Korea’s Dynasty
National Geographic, 9pm

This 4-episode documentary — airing over two consecutive Mondays — reveals an eye-opening look into North Korea’s secretive Kim dynasty. The premiere episode, “Kingdom of the Kims,” takes viewers back to 1912 when Kim Il Sung was born under an omen of greatness. He rose from a minor guerilla fighter to take control of a country desperate for leadership. The second episode, “The Son of God,” tracks the decline of Kim Il Sung and the rise of his son, Kim Jong Il.

Gun Trucks of Vietnam
Smithsonian Channel, 9pm

This special reveals the incredible story of the U.S. Army gun truckers, who were tasked with leading and protecting supply convoys that were the lifeblood of U.S. Army camps spread throughout Vietnam. Assigned trucks that were unsuitable for combat, these innovative soldiers scavenged parts and weapons to turn their vehicles into effective war machines.

The Last Ship: “Commitment”
TNT, 9pm
Series Finale!

The final mission for Navy Admiral Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and his crew on the USS Nathan James: Topple an unstable Latin American dictator (Maurice Compte)!

NCIS: Los Angeles: “One of Us”
CBS, 9:30pm

Recurring guest star Bar Paly returns as Anna Kolcheck in the new episode “One of Us,” in which the NCIS team partners with the State Department after the murder of an arms dealer is connected to a series of crimes seemingly executed by someone with elite special forces training.

Country Music’s Biggest Stars: In the Spotlight With Robin Roberts
ABC, 10pm

Robin Roberts celebrates a decade of CMA specials ahead of Wednesday’s CMA Awards. The special will include new interviews and updates from ten years of memorable country music stars.

Kidding
Showtime, 10pm
Season Finale!

Jim Carrey wraps up his role as Mr. Pickles — a kind man in a cruel world facing a slow leak of sanity — for the first season. The series has been renewed for a second season.

Madam Secretary: “Eyjafjallajökull”
CBS, 10:30pm

The title of this new installment “Eyjafjallajökull” gets its name from an Icelandic volcano that turns out to have a big impact on international diplomacy in the episode. When the volcano erupts, Elizabeth (Téa Leoni) is stranded at an airport in Ireland with the Turkish foreign minister, and she tries to broker a deal with him to save the lives of thousands of Syrian refugees.

Sally4Ever
HBO, 10:30pm
New Series!

This comedy from Julia Davis (the U.K. version of Camping) follows the life of Sally (Catherine Shepherd), a soon-to-be-promoted marketer who, for 10 years, has lived a comfortable and dull suburban life with David (Alex Macqueen). But on the night he asks her to marry him, Sally has a crisis and embarks on a wild affair with Emma (Davis), a seductive actress, singer, musician, poet and author. Before Sally knows it, Emma has moved in and rearranged the furniture — and Sally’s life.

Monday, Nov. 12

“Harry Potter” Wizarding Week Marathon
Syfy, 7:30pm

Beginning tonight and continuing at various times through Nov. 18, enjoy extended versions of all eight Harry Potter movies.

Welcome to the Neighborhood: “Welcome to the Barbershop”
CBS, 8pm

In the new episode “Welcome to the Barbershop,” Calvin (Cedric the Entertainer) is not thrilled when Dave (Max Greenfield) drops by Calvin’s longtime barbershop and is quickly embraced by its owner and patrons.

Arrow: “The Demon”
The CW, 8pm

Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) learns something new about Oliver (Stephen Amell) that shocks her. Meanwhile, Diggle (David Ramsey) asks Curtis (Echo Kellum) to go undercover for ARGUS. Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) works with an unlikely ally.

The Price of Everything
HBO, 8pm

This documentary examines the thrill and anxiety associated with pricing and purchasing contemporary art, exploring the vagaries of an exploding market that’s often driven by subjective opinions of what is “hot” and valuable. This film takes a deep dive into the world of high-end collectors, dealers, curators, auctioneers and artists.

The Voice: “Live Playoffs Top 24”
NBC, 8pm Live

The remaining artists perform in front of the coaches for their chance at a spot in the Top 13. During the first night of the playoffs, the Top 24 all perform live. “Fifth Coach” Kelsea Ballerini makes an appearance.

China From Above
Smithsonian Channel, 8pm

This two-part series, airing tonight and next Monday, is an epic journey revealing the secrets and patterns of life in traditional and modern China. A combination of innovative aerial photography and on-the-ground human stories reveals China as a land of ancient monuments and customs, astonishing landscapes, and megacities.

Happy Together: “How Jake and Claire Met”
CBS, 8:30pm

Flashback! The sitcom reveals how suburban couple Claire and Jake (Amber Stevens West and Damon Wayans Jr.) met as college students. Jake being Jake, he naturally adds a few embellishments as he recounts the story to their house guest, Cooper (Felix Mallard).

Magnum P.I.: “Die He Said”
CBS, 9pm

A man dying of lymphoma hires Magnum (Jay Hernandez) to find his estranged, bone-marrow-compatible brother in the new episode “Die He Said.”

MARS: “We Are Not Alone”
National Geographic, 9pm
Season Premiere!

In the season’s first episode, the scientists at the Olympus Town settlement prepare for the arrival of a skilled group of astronauts who are funded by a for-profit corporation and are on a mission to extract natural resources from the red planet. Jeff Hephner joins the cast as the group’s leader and points out that his capitalism-minded character shouldn’t automatically be seen as a villain, just as not all scientists are virtuous heroes.

The Good Doctor: “Hubert”
ABC, 10pm

Dr. Murphy (Freddie Highmore) and Dr. Reznick (Fiona Gubelmann) must contend with two brothers who are bargaining over life and death. Dr. Brown’s (Antonia Thomas) friend who is dying of cancer asks her for something she doesn’t think she can give her, and Dr. Glassman (Richard Schiff) is dealing with the effects of his treatment.

Bull: “But for the Grace”
CBS, 10pm

In the new episode “But for the Grace,” Bull (Michael Weatherly) takes on a client who was poorly advised by his public defender to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge and is now facing felony manslaughter after the victim dies.

Explorer: “The Mouth of Hell”
National Geographic, 10pm
Season Premiere!
The acclaimed documentary series returns with new host Phil Keoghan taking on an explosive story. He travels to Nicaragua to check out one of the country’s 19 active volcanoes — which could blow at any moment. In another segment, Tanzanian bikers deliver solar panels to remote areas with the help of a Silicon Valley tech whiz.

Manifest: “S.N.A.F.U.”
NBC, 10pm

With the detained passengers secretly moved and subjected to painful experimentation — and Cal’s (Jack Messina) health directly linked to them — Ben (Josh Dallas) takes advantage of an old friend to find out where the passengers were taken. Meanwhile, a mysterious new version of the calling pulls Michaela (Melissa Roxburgh) into a murder investigation that has deep personal ramifications for her.

Independent Lens: “The Cleaners”
PBS, 10pm

Meet the Filipino workers who comb through thousands of online images — particularly on Facebook and YouTube — to monitor and delete offensive, pornographic and incendiary posts.

StarTalk With Neil deGrasse Tyson
National Geographic, 11pm
Season Premiere!

Cosmic superstar Neil deGrasse Tyson returns for a fourth season of his science-based talk show. This season, his guests include the late Anthony Bourdain (tonight); authors George R.R. Martin and Patricia Cornwell; former Vice President Al Gore; podcaster Joe Rogan; performer Weird Al Yankovic; engineer and science educator Bill Nye; news anchor Dan Rather; and actors Jack Black, Jeff Goldblum, James Marsden and Anna Deavere Smith. Tyson also travels to the Arctic Circle in Greenland to tour the facilities of one of the Air Force’s most critical military bases, Thule Air Base.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

The Conners: “The Separation of Church and Dan”
ABC, 8pm

Geena (Maya Lynne Robinson) is madder than H-E-double-hockey-sticks when she finds out that, while she was serving in Afghanistan, husband D.J. (Michael Fishman) neglected to take their daughter, Mary (Jayden Rey), to church.

NCIS: “A Thousand Words”
CBS, 8pm

After a mural by a street artist and activist is stolen, the NCIS investigation leads to a conspiracy regarding a Navy contractor and the safety of ocean mammals in the new episode “A Thousand Words.”

The Flash: “All Doll’d Up”
The CW, 8pm

Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) lets something slip about the future that devastates Iris (Candice Patton). In an attempt to distract his wife, Barry (Grant Gustin) asks Iris to team up to stop a new meta, Rag Doll (guest star Troy James).

The Voice: “Live Top 24 Eliminations”
NBC, 8pm Live

As the playoffs continue, the two artists with the most votes from each team will be revealed and advance to the Top 13. Each coach will then select one of their remaining artists to move on. For the first time ever, the final two Comeback Artists will perform live for a chance to re-enter the competition as part of the Top 13 through the Instant Save. The winning artist will then indicate which team they would like to join.

We’ll Meet Again
PBS, 8pm
Season Premiere!

If you need a dose of human kindness, We’ll Meet Again is just what the doctor ordered. The popular PBS series reunites ordinary people who met in extraordinary times and were bonded by a selfless act. “It’s about big transformative moments in history and how human beings, even in terrible moments, rise for each other,” says host Ann Curry. “Deep down, we have a desire to save each other. We want our species to survive. It’s part of our DNA.” Season 2 presents stories from the women’s movement, Castro’s Cuba and, tonight, Vietnam, with one vet seeking the doctor who saved his leg; another, the helicopter pilot who answered his Mayday call.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath: The Jehovah’s Witnesses
A&E, 9pm

Taking a breather from her anti-Scientology crusade for this special, ex–church member Leah Remini and former Scientology bigwig Mike Rinder meet with onetime Jehovah’s Witnesses. Their takeaway: The controversial groups aren’t so different.

black-ish: “Purple Rain”
ABC, 9pm

In the 100th episode of the show, the family is shocked to learn that Jack (Miles Brown) and Diane (Marsai Martin) are not familiar with the iconic music of Prince. One by one, each member of the family works to explain Prince’s tremendous impact on their lives through his music.

FBI: “Cops and Robbers”
CBS, 9pm

Maggie (Missy Peregrym) and OA (Zeeko Zaki) hunt down a ruthless group of robbers who are posing as NYPD officers to target armored trucks in the new episode “Cops and Robbers.”

Lethal Weapon: “Bali”
FOX, 9pm

Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) turns to Cole’s (Seann William Scott) former mentor, Tom Barnes (guest star Mykelti Williamson), for help on a high-stakes cartel case.

Driver vs. Driver 2: “Winner Takes All”
Golf Channel, 9pm
Season Finale!

Season 2 of Golf Channel’s Driver vs. Driver competition comes down to the wire, with the remaining finalists making their last pitch for why their design is worthy of a $250,000 prize and a position as Wilson Golf’s newest world-class driver. The winner’s final design will hit retailers worldwide immediately following the season finale.

The Curse of Oak Island
History, 9pm
Season Premiere!

History’s No. 1 series across all key demographics is back for Season 6 as brothers Rick and Marty Lagina continue to pursue their lifelong dream of solving the 223-year-old Oak Island mystery and finding the treasure believed to be buried there.

Welcome to Murdertown
Investigation Discovery, 9pm
New Series!

This new ID offering tracks cases made tougher by the fact that everyone who might know something has clammed up.

This Is Us: “Sometimes”
NBC, 9pm

Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Zoe (Melanie Liburd) land in Vietnam. In the past, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) take a road trip to Los Angeles. Jack’s war story continues to be revealed.

The Rookie: “The Switch”
ABC, 10pm

The rookies are temporarily paired with new training officers, and Officer Nolan (Nathan Fillion) is paired with Officer Lopez (Alyssa Diaz). When Nolan and Lopez track down an escaped criminal, they discover a little kindness goes a long way. Meanwhile, Jackson (Titus Makin) is forced to face his fears when he is partnered with Bradford (Eric Winter).

NCIS: New Orleans: “Sheepdogs”
CBS, 10pm

A deadly car explosion in the French Quarter ignites an NCIS investigation into a student protest organization in the new episode “Sheepdogs.”

New Amsterdam: “Domino Effect”
NBC, 10pm

With a big domino transplant procedure on the line, Max (Ryan Eggold) must decide if he can be present in the hospital while also dealing with his illness. Meanwhile, a bond with a patient makes Bloom (Janet Montgomery) consider her personal life, and Iggy (Tyler Labine) makes progress on a long-standing case.

Monster Encounters: “Killer Croc”
Travel Channel, 10pm

Following reports that a renegade, giant, man-eating crocodile named Bizmark is terrorizing the Zambezi River, host Casey Anderson heads to Zimbabwe and Zambia to launch an investigation. Anderson even puts his own life at risk as he goes into a custom-built crocodile cage to try to trap the fierce reptile.

Real Country
USA Network, 10pm
New Series!
This country music showcase features superstar Shania Twain, award-winning singer-songwriter Jake Owen and music legend Travis Tritt on a mission to find the future stars of country music. In each hourlong episode, Twain, Owen and Tritt hand-select emerging solo artists, duos and groups to perform in showcases that spotlight a specific country genre. At the end of the season, the best artists from each showcase will perform in a grand finale for the chance to be named one of country music’s next breakout acts.

The Guest Book: “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back”
TBS, 10:30pm

Nikki (Kimiko Glenn) tries to hide her secret, and Vivian (Carly Jibson) convinces Bodhi (Jimmy Tatro) to stay with her until Eddie (Eddie Steeples) reappears. Guest-starring Allison Tolman, Parvesh Cheena, Shoniqua Shandai and Steve Zissis.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

The 52nd Annual CMA Awards
ABC, 8pm Live

Chris Stapleton tops the list of nominations with five. Producer and musician Dann Huff received four, while nine artists garnered three each — Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Midland, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban.

Riverdale: “Chapter Forty: The Great Escape”
The CW, 8pm

After weeks pass with no contact from Archie (KJ Apa), Veronica (Camila Mendes) devises a dangerous plan to break him out of juvie. Meanwhile, when Betty (Lili Reinhart) learns that Jughead (Cole Sprouse) has taken their investigation into Griffins & Gargoyles a step too far, she finds herself in a race against the clock to save him.

Chicago Med: “Play by My Rules”
NBC, 8pm

Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt) struggles to convince Dr. Choi (Brian Tee) that surgery isn’t always the answer. Dr. Rhodes (Colin Donnell) finds himself in hot water with Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) when he disobeys her direct order. April (Yaya DaCosta) becomes frustrated with Maggie (Marlyne Barrett) when she continues to question her leadership role as the stand-in charge nurse. Dr. Manning (Torrey DeVitto) suspects Dr. Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) is keeping something from her.

Nature: “A Squirrel’s Guide to Success”
PBS, 8pm

Join some of the world’s top squirrel scientists who are making groundbreaking discoveries. Learn about the fox squirrel, who can remember the location of 9,000 nuts, and the gray squirrel, whose treetop leaps are the basis of new designs in robotics.

SEAL Team: “Outside the Wire”
CBS, 9pm

In the new episode “Outside the Wire,” Bravo Team continues to follow tips that will lead to Andres Doza, the head of one of the most powerful and lethal drug cartels in Mexico.

All American: “All We Got”
The CW, 9pm

Spencer’s (Daniel Ezra) worlds come together to celebrate his birthday in Beverly Hills. But mixing the dysfunctional families — with the complication of an unexpected guest — ends in disaster. Olivia (Samantha Logan) and Jordan (Michael Evans Behling), on a mission to uncover a family secret, discover a missing link to their father’s past.

Chicago Fire: “The Solution to Everything”
NBC, 9pm

Firehouse 51 is called in to battle a dangerous structure fire that places everyone in peril. Severide (Taylor Kinney) makes a big personal realization. Casey (Jesse Spencer) lends another helping hand to Naomi (Kate Villanova), the investigative reporter.

NOVA: “Thai Cave Rescue”
PBS, 9pm

Follow the remarkable story of how a Thai boys soccer team became trapped in a cave system, how they were located, and how rescuers worked against the clock to make a miraculous rescue of all 12 boys and their coach.

Criminal Minds: “Twenty Seven”
CBS, 10pm

Vigilantes are behind a series of attacks occurring every 27 minutes in Washington, D.C., and it’s up to the BAU to thwart them in the new episode “Twenty Seven.”

American Horror Story: Apocalypse
FX, 10pm
Season Finale!
Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse season comes to a conclusion that will no doubt be as head-scratching as it is hair-raising. FX has picked up AHS for at least two more seasons.

Chicago P.D.: “Black and Blue”
NBC, 10pm

While CPD tries to take down a drug kingpin, Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins) faces a tough choice between doing what’s required to solve the murder of a young dealer and what’s best for the community.

Thursday, Nov. 15

Tell Me a Story
CBS All Access

Tonight on the modern-day fairy-tale thriller: Jordan (James Wolk) is ready to huff and puff and blow up somebody’s life! Fed up with the police, the obsessive restaurateur looks for the three jewelry store robbers responsible for his fiancée’s death.

The Emperor’s Newest Clothes
HBO, 6pm

Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale gets a colorful, music-filled makeover in this half-hour special written and produced by Sheila Nevins. The animated adventure, which features the voices of Alan Alda, Jeff Daniels, Alison Pill, John Early and Tim Heidecker, offers an enchanting twist on a beloved tale.

Grey’s Anatomy: “Blowin’ in the Wind”
ABC, 8pm
Midseason Finale!

Seattle is hit by a huge wind storm, and Grey Sloan gets inundated with patients. Alex (Justin Chambers) and Jo (Camilla Luddington) are stuck at home and decide to make the best of it by having a second honeymoon, while Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) confronts Richard (James Pickens Jr.) about getting his life back on track.

Supernatural: “Optimism”
The CW, 8pm

The Winchester brothers are off on separate adventures! Sam (Jared Padalecki) joins Alternate World hunter Charlie (fan fave Felicia Day) to solve a string of random disappearances, while Dean (Jensen Ackles) goes on his first mission alone with young Jack (Alexander Calvert).

NFL Football: Green Bay at Seattle
FOX, 8pm Live

The Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rogers head to CenturyLink Field to take on Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.

Superstore: “New Initiative”
NBC, 8pm

When a new Cloud 9 initiative forces employees to be friendlier to their customers, Amy (America Ferrera) ends up getting to know Jonah’s (Ben Feldman) parents — and learns he hasn’t been completely truthful with them. The new policy also inspires Garrett (Colton Dunn) and Dina (Lauren Ash) to find out who can hold a smile longer.

The Good Place: “Don’t Let the Good Life Pass You By”
NBC, 8:30pm

Michael (Ted Danson) and Janet (D’Arcy Carden) take an important journey, while Eleanor (Kristen Bell) ponders whether she should share a secret.

Station 19: “Weather the Storm”
ABC, 9pm

The crew’s hoped-for “Friendsgiving” dinner gains new meaning after the storm that hit Seattle on Grey’s Anatomy swirls up frightening fire conditions in the spinoff, putting the responders in harm’s way.

Mom: “Jell-O Shots and the Truth About Santa”
CBS, 9pm

In the new episode “Jell-O Shots and the Truth About Santa,” Bonnie (Allison Janney) pushes Christy (Anna Faris) to mend her relationship with her daughter, Violet (returning guest star Sadie Calvano).

Legacies: “Hope Is Not the Goal”
The CW, 9pm

When two local students go missing, Alaric (Matthew Davis) sends Hope (Danielle Rose Russell), Lizzie (Jenny Boyd), MG (Quincy Fouse) and Landon (Aria Shahghasemi) to Mystic Falls High to investigate. Meanwhile, Josie (Kaylee Bryant) helps Rafael (Peyton Alex Smith) adjust to his new life at the school, but his reluctance to follow the wolf pack’s rules puts a target on his back.

Murphy Brown: “The Coma and the Oxford Comma”
CBS, 9:30pm
Guest Star Alert!

Brooke Shields guest-stars as Holly, a former beauty pageant contestant who just woke up from a 10-year coma, in the new episode “The Coma and the Oxford Comma.”

I Feel Bad: “I Miss Important Moments”
NBC, 9:30pm

After missing her baby’s first steps, Emet (Sarayu Blue) vows not to miss any other important moments. But when a huge, career-making presentation at work comes up at the same time as Lily’s (Lily Rose Silver) dance competition, Emet scrambles to pull off both.

How to Get Away With Murder: “I Want to Love You Until the Day I Die”
ABC, 10pm
Midseason Finale!

In the explosive winter finale, Connor (Jack Falahee) and Oliver’s (Conrad Ricamora) big wedding day has arrived, but there’s murder in the air, and the mystery of who the unlucky victim is will be revealed.

Food: Fact or Fiction?: “Dishes in Disguise”
Cooking Channel, 10pm

Host Michael McKean (Better Call Saul) pulls back the curtain on “Dishes in Disguise,” including the steps it takes to make that multibird oddity known as the Turducken and how soup dumplings get their brothy center. Also: pie-filled cake, or what we call “perfection.”

The Wine Show
Ovation, 10pm
Season Premiere!

The Crown’s Matthew Goode keeps taste-testing top vintages, but in Season 2, James Purefoy of Hap and Leonard replaces Matthew Rhys as partner-in-wine, and they’ve moved from Italy to France. (Rhys fans, don’t freak: He’ll still appear, but on his own from the U.K.)

Friday, Nov. 16

The Gymkhana Files
Amazon
New Series!

This eight-episode docuseries follows famed motorsports star and entrepreneur Ken Block and the making of Gymkhana 10, the tenth installment of his award-winning Gymkhana film series about the titular, highly specific style of motorsport racing.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Netflix
Original Film!

Joel and Ethan Coen wrote, produced and directed this six-part Western anthology film, with each chapter telling a distinct story about the American West through the Coens’ unique voice. Among the cast are Clancy Brown, Tyne Daly, James Franco, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson, Tim Blake Nelson, Tom Waits and many more. The film received the Best Screenplay Award at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

Dogs
Netflix
New Series!
This six-episode documentary series celebrates the deep emotional bonds between people and dogs. Each episode is helmed by a different critically acclaimed director as they chronicle incredible stories of this interspecies relationship from around the globe, including Syria, Japan, Costa Rica, Italy and the United States.

The Kominsky Method
Netflix
New Series!

Oscar winners Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin star as once-famous actor Sandy Kominsky and his longtime agent Norman Newlander in this half-hour comedy series executive produced and cowritten by The Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre (who also directs the first episode). The series follows the men as they navigate their later years in Los Angeles. Sarah Baker costars as Sandy’s daughter Mindy, with Nancy Travis as recent divorcée Lisa, whose decision to take acting classes from Sandy seems like it could develop into something more.

Narcos: Mexico
Netflix
New Series!

Michael Peña and Diego Luna star in this spinoff of Netflix’s popular Narcos drama, which leaves behind the Colombian backdrop of Narcos’ first three seasons and heads to Mexico. There, it explores the origins of the modern drug war, beginning at a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a loose and disorganized confederation of independent growers and dealers, as it follows the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s.

Fresh Off the Boat: “Sub Standard”
ABC, 8pm

Eddie (Hudson Yang) has a radically progressive new substitute who leaves mom Jessica (Constance Wu) feeling not so hot for teacher. Equally frustrated, dad Louis (Randall Park) and neighbor Honey (Chelsey Crisp) search for the workout group that will turn up the heat and help them sweat off the pounds.

MacGyver: “Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome”
CBS, 8pm

MacGyver (Lucas Till) and the team try to capture the dangerous bomb maker known as “The Ghost” in the new episode “Revenge + Catacombs + Le Fantome.”

Blindspot: “Ca-Ca-Candidate for Cri-Cri-Crime”
NBC, 8pm

The team is drawn into dangerous political intrigue when a tattoo points to someone from Weitz’s (guest star Aaron Abrams) past.

Speechless: “C-E– CELEBRITY S-U– SUITE”
ABC, 8:30pm

When the DiMeos land in the hospital on Thanksgiving, Maya’s (Minnie Driver) determination to save the holiday leads to an uneasy truce with her rival, Melanie Hertzal (Sarah Chalke); and Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) gets jealous when Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough) bonds with his brother, Billy (Rob Corddry).

The Cool Kids: “Thanksgiving at Murray’s”
FOX, 8:30pm

When Margaret (Vicki Lawrence) scores an invite to Shady Meadows’ exclusive Thanksgiving potluck for foodies, she takes Sid (Leslie Jordan) as her plus one, leaving Hank (David Alan Grier) and Charlie (Martin Mull) to find a backup plan.

Hawaii Five-0: “Lele Pū Nā Manu Like (Birds of a Feather)”
CBS, 9pm
Guest Star Alert!
Louis Gossett Jr. and Gladys Knight guest-star as Grover’s (Chi McBride) parents in the new Thanksgiving-themed episode “Lele Pū Nā Manu Like (Birds of a Feather).”

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “I See You”
The CW, 9pm

Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) gets more than she bargained for during a day out with Darryl (Pete Gardner). Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III) lends a helping hand to Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin), while Heather (Vella Lovell) encourages Nathaniel (Scott Michael Foster) to be a nice person.

Midnight, Texas: “I Put a Spell on a You”
NBC, 9pm

The Midnighters join forces to protect a newcomer in town. With Bobo (Dylan Bruce) still in danger, Fiji (Parisa Fitz-Henley) is forced to take desperate action to save him. Patience (Jaime Ray Newman) and Manfred (François Arnaud) bond over their relationship troubles.

Great Performances: “John Leguizamo’s Road to Broadway”
PBS, 9pm

Follow John Leguizamo’s path to the Great White Way with his latest theatrical showcase, Latin History for Morons, a comedic and pointed look at the systematic repression of Hispanic culture throughout American history.

Z Nation: “Doc’s Stoned History”
Syfy, 9pm

As Doc (Russell Hodgkinson) explains his version of American history to George (Katy M. O’Brian), Sketchy (Mark Carr) and Skeezy (Doug Dawson) re-enact Doc’s stories about the Founding Fathers, while Warren (Kellita Smith) and the others go the bakery that invented bizkits in search of the secret ingredient.

Blue Bloods: “Stirring the Pot”
CBS, 10pm

Erin (Bridget Moynahan) and Frank (Tom Selleck) clash over new legislation from the district attorney’s office that undermines Frank’s policies in the new episode “Stirring the Pot.”

Real Time With Bill Maher
HBO, 10pm
Season Finale!

Bill Maher concludes the 16th season of his frank and comedic take on contemporary issues.

Fish My City With Mike Iaconelli
Nat Geo Wild, 10pm
Season Finale!

Anchors up, as the series closes its first season.

Van Helsing: “Hunted Down”
Syfy, 10pm

Sam (Christopher Heyerdahl) moves closer to his destiny while Mohamad (Trezzo Mahoro) tries to free himself from imprisonment. Axel (Jonathan Scarfe) escorts San Francisco survivors to Denver. Ivory (Jennifer Cheon) and Scab (Rowland Pidlubny) take control of the Daywalker horde.

Saturday, Nov. 17

Sesame Street
HBO, 9am
Season Premiere!

Season 49 of the landmark preschool series begins today.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
TBS, 7pm

It’s early for this 1966 holiday classic to already show up on the lineup, but we’re excited to welcome back the fabulous Grinch, his dog Max and all the darlings of Whoville.

Christmas at Graceland
Hallmark Channel, 8pm
Original Film!

The music of Elvis Presley forms the soundtrack and Graceland serves as the backdrop of this holiday story. Kellie Pickler stars as a Chicago-based executive who travels to Memphis for work but rediscovers her love of the blues.

A Murder in Mansfield
Investigation Discovery, 9pm

Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple’s (Harlan County U.S.A.) new documentary explores the legacy of the notorious 1989 murder of Noreen Boyle in Mansfield, Ohio. The film chronicles Noreen’s son, Collier, on his journey for answers and peace in the aftermath of his mother’s death at the hands of his father nearly three decades ago.

Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle
SundanceTV, 9pm

This two-night documentary, which airs tonight and tomorrow night, explores the Jonestown massacre, which occurred 40 years ago this month when more than 900 members of the Rev. Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple died from drinking poison in their Guyana jungle settlement. With stunning archival footage and new interviews with survivors, former Temple members, and Jones’ own family, the documentary reveals how Jones transformed his Peoples Temple from an inclusive church in Indianapolis to a socialist commune ruled by fear and violence, and how he was able to convince people to commit the ultimate act of loyalty to him.

It’s a Wonderful Lifetime Preview Special
Lifetime, 10pm

What if Lifetime never made Christmas movies? This preview special, hosted by Melissa Joan Hart, takes viewers on a journey that explores how life would be without the holiday cheer brought by Lifetime Christmas movies. Melissa will be visited by the “hosts” of Lifetime Christmas Past, Present and Future as she previews the 14 new movies coming to Lifetime this holiday season.