TV picks for the week of Nov. 18-23

TV picks for the week of Nov. 18-23

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The further we lean into the holiday season (and isn't Valentine's Day merchandise due to show up in stores soon?) the leaner the TV pickings get. I'm talking lean, folks -- leaner than the turkey's white meat. Here's what caught my eye on television this week:

Monday

"Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS," 8 p.m., BBC America: Doctors, companions and insiders share off-screen scoop. It's about time.

"Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley," 8 p.m., HBO: Whoopi directs this doc about the pioneering African-American female comic.

"The Science of Doctor Who with Brian Cox," 9 p.m., BBC America: The physicist looks at the science behind the series. All I want to know is if a sonic screwdriver will get those noisy squirrels out of my attic.

Tuesday

"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," 7 p.m., ABC: Agents deal with the aftermath of the events of the motion picture, "Thor: The Dark World" and we're reminded again of what this dull series lacks.

"Lincoln@Gettysburg," 8 p.m., PBS: This special looks at Lincoln's use of the telegraph, which was kinda like the Twitter of its day.

"David Blaine: Real or Magic," 8:30 p.m., ABC: Oh, let me try ... magic? No, wait -- that doesn't exist. Eh, Olivia Wilde makes an appearance, so I'll probably watch.

"Frontline: Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?," 9 p.m., PBS: This special examines the life of the JFK assassin and attempts to determine whether he acted alone, was part of a conspiracy or a fall guy.

Wednesday

"The Middle," 7 p.m., ABC: Didn't we just see the Halloween episode, like, two weeks ago? Oh, well. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday

"The Big Bang Theory," 7 p.m., CBS: Bernadette and Howard throw a Thanksgiving feast for the gang, and maybe the family from "The Middle," who also like to celebrate a week early.

Friday

"Bones," 7 p.m., Fox: When cans of stew turn out to be cans of Stu, the team steps in to investigate.

"Shark Tank," 8 p.m., ABC: Austinites making knee-high boot socks are in cash up to their elbows.

"Nikita," 8 p.m., CW: Season 4 begins with a framing, and I'm not talking about that Escher print.

"JFK 50th Anniversary Special," 8 p.m., NBC: The network's news department looks back at the former president's time in office and his legacy.

Saturday

"Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special: The Day of the Doctor," 6 p.m., BBC America: Tennant and Smith and Zygons, oh my! John Hurt guest stars as a previously unseen incarnation of the Doctor in this Steven Moffat love letter to the fans.

"Saturday Night Live," 10:30 p.m., NBC: Josh Hutcherson, Peeta in "The Hunger Games," hosts. Tune in to find out if the rest of the performers are killed before the episode ends.

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