What to watch on Friday, November 22...
SERIES PREMIERE, 12am, Amazon
Four friends running a digital tech startup dip their collective toe in the turbulent waters of Silicon Valley in this satiric comedy, the second of Amazon’s original series offerings. The first three episodes will be available today, free via Amazon Instant Video, with subsequent weekly episodes available exclusively to Prime subscribers.
SEASON 2 FINALE, 8pm, Nickelodeon
The Legend of Korra
Unalaq’s diabolical plan to unleash Vaatu comes to a head in “Darkness Falls,” and Republic City bears the brunt of their villainous team-up in “Light in the Dark.” Bereft of her Avatar connections, can Korra marshal her resources to stomp the “Dark Avatar” and the spirit he rode in on? P.S. Once you've seen the episodes, Noel's review is right here.
8pm & 9pm, BBC America
Doctor Who Explained / An Adventure in Space and Time
The usual Doctor-and-companion suspects assemble for another round of interviews and behind-the-scenes dish in Doctor Who Explained, which in theory will be appreciably different from all the other TARDIS-themed specials that've been airing lately. That’s followed by An Adventure in Space and Time, an original movie chronicling the origins of the BBC’s most popular time-traveling, evil-robot-battling, half-century-old series. David Bradley leads the cast as Doctor Number Uno, William Hartnell.
“The Mystery in the Meat” goes full Soylent Green, leaving the squad to investigate who offed a food scientist and how said offed food scientist wound up on a high school lunch menu. In less cannibalistic pursuits (I mean... hopefully), Angela throws Brennan a balls-out belated bachelorette bash.
8pm, The CW
The Carrie Diaries
A privacy violation puts a damper on Carrie’s new romance in “Too Close for Comfort,” while Sebastian seeks Tom’s counsel when he learns his mom is remarrying. Elsewhere, Mouse pitches in on Homecoming preparations, Samantha bares all in the name of art, and Donna helps Dorrit work through a rough patch with Miller.
Jackie’s folks (Meredith Baxter and Reginald VelJohnson) drop in for the holidays in “Thanksgiving is No Schmuck Bait,” as does Marty’s dad (Stacy Keach)—though the latter is intent on staying at the Weaver homestead well past dinner.
Wander Over Yonder
Stranded on a perilous planet, Wander can only rely on Sylvia and his own magical headgear to effect a rescue in “The Hat.” But can she decipher the chapeau’s secrets in time?
SEASON 4 PREMIERE, 9pm, The CW
On the lam for a presidential assassination she didn’t commit, Nikita believes an inquisitive reporter may help her set the record straight—if only she can avoid Amanda’s machinations. Meanwhile in “Wanted,” Birkoff and Ryan settle into their state-of-the-art airborne base, and Alex hits a nasty turn of events while pursuing a human-trafficking ring.
Jimmy may've had a vacation-less childhood, but Sabrina refuses to let Hope follow in her daddy’s footsteps, so she plans a family getaway in “Ship Happens.” Then in “Hi-Def,” Virginia’s new specs give her exceptional eyesight, but the new superpower proves equal parts blessing and curse.
McGarrett’s Aunt Deb (Carol Burnett) arrives for Thanksgiving in “Hau’oli Lā Ho’omaika’i,” bringing with her something even more worrisome than excessively starchy yams. On the beat, the squad probes the slaying of a Secret Service agent ahead of the president’s visit to Oahu.
Strike Back: Origins
Porter heads to Afghanistan incognito to root out a hacker who turned British missiles against U.S. forces. But could his cover put him in the crosshairs of the very troops he’s there to aid?
“Shot in the Dark” brings the Darkside Seekers to town in pursuit of a folklore creature that’s rumored to be stirring up trouble. They’re there to hunt ghosts and chew bubblegum, and they’ve only got like four sticks of strawberry flavor left, so that is gonna run out pretty darn fast.
– The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Babyface, and Toni Braxton on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Jim Parsons, John Downer, and Cassadee Pope on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Howard Stern and Adrienne Iapalucci on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Sarah Silverman, Lenny Kravitz, and chef Michael Anthony on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Tim Meadows and author Helen Fielding on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?
What to watch on Saturday, November 23...
SEASON 4 PREMIERE, 10am & 10:30am, The Hub
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
The two-part “Princess Twilight” finds the bookish pony adjusting to her new royal station. But the disappearance of her fellow princesses heralds a new threat to the safety of Equestria.
12pm ET, Food Network
Wondering how to best braise your bird? Seeking superb spud support? Craving counsel to craft crackerjack cranberries? You’re in luck! Ina Garten, Alton Brown, Bobby Flay, and Giada De Laurentiis will spend two hours answering your questions live on the air.
MARATHON, 2pm, Sundance
Catch up on all six episodes of one of the season’s most critically acclaimed offerings. The drama centers on an exonerated death row inmate who struggles to reintegrate with his loved ones, his community, and the world at large upon his release.
2:50pm ET, BBC America
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor
The Beeb’s 50th anniversary celebration of all things Doctor Who culminates with this epic new adventure, which will be simulcast the world over. When insidious incidents threaten both Elizabethan England and present-day London, only the combined power of the Tenth Doctor and the Eleventh Doctor, along with seasoned companions Rose and Clara and guest Doctor John Hurt, can save reality from being warped into a twisty goo. The special will encore at 7pm, and the Blackjack Duo of David Tennant and Matt Smith will make their first joint talk show appearance on The Graham Norton Show at 10pm.
8pm, Comedy Central
Bill Cosby: Far From Finished
In his first televised standup special in 30 years, TV legend Bill Cosby ruminates on marriage, fatherhood, and other topics during a June performance in Cerritos, CA.
MINISERIES FINALE, 9pm, Starz
Dancing on the Edge
By way of epilogue, “Interviewing Louis” takes a documentary-style look at the history of the Louis Lester Band through Stanley’s interviews with key players, performance footage, and examinations of the climate in 1930s London.
MOVIE PREMIERE, 9pm, Syfy
Tornadoes sweep through Boston and pelt everything in sight with huge boulders, as Syfy officially attempts to establish “[blank]-filled tornadoes” as a cinematic subgenre. If you’ve never been able to decide whether your favorite Bob Dylan lyric is “the answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,” or “everybody must get stoned,” is this ever the movie for you.
SERIES PREMIERE, 9pm, BBC America
This 13-part series whisks us away to the legendary lost city, which is still alive and kicking in the present day (just, y’know… lost). “The Earth Bull” kicks off the swashbuckling with intrepid Jason setting sail to find his missing father, but instead finding a world of monsters and oracles and mythology, oh my!
Penguins: Waddle All the Way
Two hours of penguins, up close and personal. Bopping to and fro in their natural habitats. Swimmin’, flappin’ around, slidin’ on ice, robbin’ the Gotham City Museum with trick umbrellas... all while being filmed with penguin-shaped spy cams as Jane Lynch narrates. That sort of thing.
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles
Sarah Silverman performs in the intimate surroundings of L.A.’s Largo at the Coronet, riffing on religion, sexuality, politics, and existentialism.
Animation Domination High-Def
After Axe Cop’s Turkey Day tomfoolery in “28 Days Before,” the late-night programming block previews two upcoming additions to the lineup: Lucas Bros. Moving Co., based on the standup comedy of identical twins Kenny and Keith Lucas, centers on brothers who seem physically unsuitable for schlepping people’s possessions. And Golan the Insatiable follows a ferocious deity who finds himself trapped in a tranquil town and befriending a strange little girl. Then, High School USA! brings up the rear with “Gun Control,” in which Cassandra and Amber vie for the student council presidency.
Saturday Night Live
Josh Hutcherson hosts, but neither he nor musical guest HAIM is guaranteed to survive when the inevitable Hunger Games spoof takes on a life of its own and the cast starts dropping like flies. I hear Nasim Pedrad is a goddamn whiz with a crossbow.
WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING TONIGHT?