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A week of hefty TV happenings

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With November Sweeps underway, Thanksgiving and the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination approaching, a live WVPBS broadcast on the horizon and the usual comings, goings and specials, there's no shortage of interesting TV to be found this week. So let's get right to it, shall we?

Here's a look at the happenings of the next seven days:

Scripted series premieres: "Ground Floor," 10 p.m. Thursday, TBS (workplace sitcom about a hot-shot banker who falls for a maintenance worker; from "Scrubs" and "Cougar Town" creator Bill Lawrence); "Almost Human," 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Fox (futuristic crime drama about a human cop paired with an android one; starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy).

Other series premieres: "Orange County Choppers," 9 p.m. Saturday, CMT (new show with the motorcycle crew first seen on Discovery's "American Chopper"); "The Drama Queen," 11 p.m. Sunday, E! (a Hollywood talent manager who's the granddaughter of Lou Costello); "Risky Listing," 9 p.m. Tuesday, Esquire (the world of New York nightlife real estate); "White Collar Brawlers," 10 p.m. Tuesday, Esquire (office rivals train and box); "How I Rock It," 10 p.m. Wednesday, Esquire (profiles of male celebrities with an emphasis on their personal style); "Alternate Route," 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Esquire (searching for people, places and things that embody the American spirit).

Season premieres: "Raising Hope," 9 p.m. Friday, Fox (one hour); "Sweet Home Alabama," 9 p.m. Friday, CMT; "Swamp Pawn," 10 p.m. Saturday, CMT.

Timeslot change: "Bones" moves to 8 p.m. Fridays, Fox.

Special timeslots: "The Simpsons," 9 p.m., and "Family Guy," 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox (no "Bob's Burgers" or "American Dad" this week).

Season finales: "Miami Monkey," 10 p.m. Thursday, VH1; "Million Dollar Shoppers," 10 p.m. Thursday, Lifetime; "America's Next Top Model," 9 p.m. Friday, CW; "Ghost Adventures," 9 p.m. Friday, Travel; "Masterpiece Classic: The Paradise," 9 p.m. Sunday, PBS; "Teen Mom 3," 10 p.m. Monday, MTV; "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition," 9 p.m. Tuesday, Lifetime; "The League," 10 p.m. Wednesday, FXX (one hour).

Specials: "Great Performances: Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Oklahoma,'" 9 p.m. Friday, PBS (1998 production starring Hugh Jackman); "The TeenNick 2013 HALO Awards," 8 p.m. Sunday, Nickelodeon (honoring teens who have made a difference in their communities); "Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS," 9 p.m. Monday, BBC America (series actors and producers share their memories of working on the show); "iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Lady Gaga," 8 p.m. Tuesday, CW; "Women We Love," 8 p.m. Tuesday, Esquire (celebration of captivating women from entertainment, sports and pop culture); "David Blaine: Real or Magic," 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, ABC (the star entertains celebrities and newsmakers).

Historical specials: "As It Happened: John F. Kennedy 50 Years," 9 p.m. Saturday, CBS (Bob Schieffer recalls the assassination); "The Challenger Disaster," 9 p.m. Saturday, Discovery (dramatization of the investigation into the causes of the shuttle explosion); "Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy," 9 p.m. Sunday, TLC (actors read from the hundreds of thousands of condolences sent to the First Lady after her husband's death); "Lincoln@Gettysburg," 9 p.m. Tuesday, PBS (his embrace of the telegraph and how it shaped the Gettysburg Address); "Frontline: Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?" 10 p.m. Tuesday, PBS (the man and forensic evidence of his role in the JFK assassination are investigated).

Of note: Brad Garrett ("Everybody Loves Raymond") appears in his first of at least two episodes of "The Crazy Ones," 9 p.m. Thursday, CBS; Red John is revealed on "The Mentalist," 10 p.m. Sunday, CBS; "The Middle" has its annual Thanksgiving episode, 8 p.m. Wednesday, ABC.

W.Va. alert: "West Virginia Music Hall of Fame 2013" live broadcast, 8 p.m. Saturday, PBS.

Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com.


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