Thursday, April 19, 2018
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On TV this week, Nov. 18-22

On TV this week

MONDAY

Almost Human, 8 p.m., Fox Wow, two episodes in, and we're already talking about sexbots. Oh, sorry, Intimate Robot Companions. Got to beware the PC police.

Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley, 9 p.m., HBO Goldberg produced and directed this special about comedian Jackie "Moms" Mabley, one of the queen mothers of female comics. Warning: Her true life story isn't all for laughs.

Hostages, 10 p.m., CBS Somebody may expose Duncan's plot to kill the president, so now he has to get rid someone else. At least he has time to give Ellen the poison she's supposed to use. He might as well test it first.

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, 10 p.m., Food Guy Fieri goes to New Mexico to find some Thanksgiving goodies. Just don't order anything from Los Pollos Hermanos.

TUESDAY

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 8:30 p.m., Fox Our hero Patton Oswalt guest stars as a fire marshal who blames the owner of a pizza joint for burning his own place down. And here we thought it was Patton's sardonic wit that torched the joint.

SEASON FINALE Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, 9 p.m., Lifetime The winner of $100,000 and a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School is announced tonight. We will match the winnings for any contestant who dares to do the Macarena during tonight's show.

David Blaine: Real or Magic, 9:30 p.m., ABC The magician does sleight-of-hand for ordinary folks and a few celebs, visiting Kanye West, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde and Will Smith in their homes. If he could make Kanye crack a smile in a photo, that would be the real trick.

Chasing Nashville, 11 p.m., Lifetime Lauren Marie's mother is angry at Keith for booting her daughter and goes in search of a new producer. If this doesn't work out, there's always next season of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition.

WEDNESDAY

The Middle, 8 p.m., ABC Axl can't figure out how to tell Frankie and Mike he's dropped three classes. Since this is taking place during Thanksgiving, we recommend after the pie, or the third glass of wine, whichever comes first.

Arrow, 8 p.m., CW Hundreds of people are getting sick and it looks like the drug Vertigo is connected Those FDA standards just keep getting looser and looser.

The Tomorrow People, 9 p.m., CW Stephen wants to have fun with his powers, but Jedikiah wants to put a stop to that. No teen on any CW show can ever be allowed to enjoy themselves, period.

Top Chef, 10 p.m., Bravo The cheftestants have to make a hot sauce for Dr. John, who knows a thing or two about hot sauce. Then they have to butcher and cook an entire pig. Make it a challenge and give them the pig while it's still alive.

THURSDAY

Project Runway All Stars, 9 p.m., Lifetime The designers have to pull together some looks inspired by the 1930s to go along with a new Bonnie & Clyde miniseries. Expect to see a lot of accessory bullet holes.

Glee, 9 p.m., Fox Tonight's episode is a tribute to Billy Joel. It's tough to see someone so dedicated to stamping out commercialism just sell out his legacy like that. Wait, the royalty check was how much?!?

SEASON FINALE Beyond Scared Straight, 10 p.m., A&E One young thief decides he's going to be cute and wears a T-shirt making fun of the inmates who are there to scare him. We're really going to test the limits of that no-touch rule.

SEASON FINALE Covert Affairs, 10 p.m., USA Annie and Auggie finally bring Henry down. But there's plenty of time to start a whole new set of conflicts tonight, too.

FRIDAY

JFK Assassination: The Definitive Guide, 8 p.m., History On the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, this special tries to pin down what exactly happened. That's difficult, given the more than 300 conspiracy theories the show has to sift through.

WHERE WERE YOU? The Day JFK Died Reported by Tom Brokaw, 9 p.m., NBC If you get bored halfway through the History Channel's special, Tom Brokaw has his own. This is more of a memorial than an examination, though, so there's not much of a point in live tweeting here.

SEASON PREMIERE Nikita, 9 p.m., CW Nikita is on the lam after being framed for killing the president. So of course the first thing she does is talk to a reporter.

Nashville 2.0, 9 p.m., PBS Rosanne Cash, the Avett Brothers, Emmylou Harris and Mumford & Sons perform on a show dedicated to Americana music. That's a wide-ranging category you won't necessarily see on iTunes.

— Joshua Gillin [email protected]

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