What to watch on Friday, November 1...
SEASON FINALE, PART 1, 8pm, Fox
The top four tykes whip up chicken courses, but only two will advance to the final showdown. And yet, all things considered, even the two contestants who lose can count themselves luckier than the chickens. You’ve got to keep these things in perspective.
The Legend of Korra
After taking last week off, the Avatar is rested up and rarin’ to go in “The Guide.” With Tenzen’s help and a renewed sense of purpose, Korra must make her inaugural journey into the Spirit World.
8pm, The CW
The Carrie Diaries
New roomie Samantha grates on Carrie and Walt, though Mouse no doubt appreciates her boudoir advice. Elsewhere in “Express Yourself,” 18th-birthday boy Walt resolves to pour his heart out to Bennet, Tom’s weekend plans with Deb go sideways, Sebastian and Maggie can’t seem to stop bumping into each other awkwardly, and indie rockers/apparent time travelers American Authors performs.
MINISERIES PREMIERE, 9pm, Showtime
Time of Death
This six-part documentary chronicles terminally ill people and their loved ones as they come to terms with mortality. The opener, “Maria & Michael,” follows a single mother with Stage IV breast cancer and a Navy vet dealing with a rare form of cancer alongside his parents.
As a wise man once said: “We all go a little mad sometimes.” Of course, some of us do a little more harm than others in that state—say, for instance, a Grimm on a rampage. It falls to Monroe, Hank, Rosalee, and Juliette to get their frenzied friend under wraps in “PTZD,” while Adalind buddies up to Stefania, and Renard tries to tidy up various zombie-related messes.
Speaking of which, because nothing fills a TV network’s coffers like zombies these days, it’s time for the undead (or a reasonable facsimile) to menace America’s favorite archipelago in “Kupouli ‘la.” Can the squad thwart the mad scientist whose experiments are warping ordinary humans into shambling terrors?
Phineas and Ferb
Candace enlists the boys’ help with crafting Jeremy’s birthday gift in “Cheers for Fears.” Meanwhile, Doofenshmirtz cribs a page from Dr. Jonathan Crane’s playbook and builds an Inator that converts horror movies into manifestations of people’s biggest phobias.
“Crush” finds Haven endangered by a relentless aquatic Trouble that may either squash the town under intense pressure, or doodle its name in little cartoon hearts over and over on the cover of every notebook in sight.
Strike Back: Origins
To rescue Dartmouth from her terrorist captors, Porter must dive straight into the belly of the beast. And then, presumably, start shooting/stabbing/exploding various components of the beast’s gastrointestinal tract. So to speak.
– Simon Cowell, Paulina Rubio, and Regina King & Tracee Ellis Ross on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Melissa McCarthy, Andy Cohen, and Empire of the Sun on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Morgan Freeman and Brian Regan on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Harrison Ford, Padma Lakshmi, and Big Sean featuring Kid Cudi on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Geoffrey Rush and indie band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS
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What to watch on Saturday, November 2...
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Turtles battle a battalion of robo-warriors in “Follow the Leader,” but Leo’s having an even rougher day than his brothers when he’s abducted by Karai and pitted against some especially elite ninjas.
Dancing on the Edge
Louis speaks to the police as the band copes with the attack that put Jessie in the hospital. In more festive proceedings, New Year’s Eve finds Lady Cremone hosting a rollicking bash and sparks flying between Stanley and Pamela
10pm, BBC America
The Graham Norton Show
Will Robert De Niro attempt to pitch fellow guests Michelle Pfeiffer, Cher, and Jennifer Saunders on a lady-centric sequel to Last Vegas? And if he doesn’t, shouldn’t someone?
MID-SEASON RETURN, 11pm, Fox
Animation Domination High-Def returns, and Axe Cop wastes no time axing and copping… or doing whatever other job he’s qualified for after he kills all the world’s evildoers in “No More Bad Guys.”
MID-SEASON RETURN, 11:15pm, Fox
High School USA!
With the school’s funding in peril, the gang needs to boost their test scores pronto, or else this will be the worst “Janitor Day” ever.
Saturday Night Live
Host Kerry Washington officiates the epic rock-paper-scissors match that determines whether Moynihan or Killam gets to play Cyrus in the Scandal parody. Fitz, naturally, will be played by musical guest Eminem.
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What to watch on Sunday, November 3...
On the heels of the Simpsons-verse’s real-life loss with Marcia Wallace’s passing, Springfield mourns one of its citizens in “Four Regrettings and a Funeral.” The occasion inspires Homer, Marge, Mr. Burns, and Kent Brockman to each contemplate an unfortunate life choice—like the venerable newsman’s failure to follow ex-partner Rachel Maddow into cable news.
Once Upon a Time
In “Ariel,” the diminutive mermaid (JoAnna García Swisher) rescues Snow White from a watery grave in Fairy Tale land. Snow then repays her by playing matchmaker with the dashing Prince Eric, prompting the Singing Crustaceans’ Guild to file a formal complaint about this blatant infringement onto their turf.
With her closest confidantes turning their backs, Emily takes surprising measures in “Dissolution.” Meanwhile, scoundrels threaten the future of Grayson Manor and distractions threaten Daniel’s attention span.
SEASON 5 FINALE, 9pm, Lifetime
Drop Dead Diva
Jane takes up the cause of an Amish farmer battling an oil conglomerate, while Grayson represents a dominatrix who got stiffed by one of her clients and wait no okay I regretted that phrasing the second I said it. Elsewhere “Jane’s Secret Revealed” lives up to its billing—but her big news falls into the wrong hands.
In “Marriage and Hunting,” Nucky declines to intervene in Chalky’s conflict with Dr. Narcisse, Gillian lays out her case for custody of Tommy, and Rothstein angles for a quick cash infusion. In Chicago, Van Alden gets the goats of a pair of gangsters.
The Walking Dead
“Indifference” marks the show’s third straight single-word-starting-with-I episode title. This has me contemplating what future installments might bring—”Ignominy”? “Iconoclasm”? “Igloo,” somehow?—because that’s more fun than thinking up another new way to say that everything goes to shit for everyone this week.
“Still Positive” finds Carrie scoring a coup against the bombing mastermind. At Langley, Saul does his best to fend off Sen. Lockhart’s efforts, possibly distracting the interloper by belting out the Sondheim songbook with heartbreaking precision.
The Good Wife
Alicia and Cary represent a client who split from Lockhart Gardner, but Will and Diane find a way to throw sand in their gears. Elsewhere in “The Next Day,” Will’s newfound gusto rattles his colleagues, Marilyn has a word of advice for Alicia, and guest-stars Mamie Gummer and Edward Hermann return to examine the fallout from last week’s shake-up.
Masters of Sex
Bill and Libby’s Miami vacation is thwarted when Bill’s attention shifts to an aggressively amorous couple in their hotel. Meanwhile in “Brave New World,” Virginia and Jane put one of Freud’s more questionable theories to the test, and Langham gets cozy with Provost Scully’s wife, Margaret (Allison Janney).
Having acquired one last clue, Jane brings together all the remaining Red John suspects in one locale in “Fire and Brimstone.” He’ll then take us through three possible endings for who the murderer is, each more madcap than the last.
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