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JFK and 'Doctor Who' specials, Thanksgiving episodes and more on TV this week

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Since it will be pre-empted for an NFL game next week, "The Michael J. Fox Show" celebrates Thanksgiving with an episode at 9:30 p.m. Thursday that guest stars Candice Bergen and Charles Grodin as Mike's parents. (Photo by Eric Liebowitz/NBC)
Courtesy photo "Nikita" (starring Maggie Q in the title role) returns to The CW at 9 p.m. Friday for a six-episode final season. (Photo by Sven Frenzel/The CW)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There are a whole lot of specials this week with the 50th anniversaries of the JFK assassination (Friday) and "Doctor Who's" premiere (Saturday), as well as networks getting into the Thanksgiving spirit before next week's holiday. All of those and more are covered in this week's rundown of noteworthy TV:

Scripted series premiere: "Atlantis," 9 p.m. Saturday, BBC America (a young man's search for his dad leads him to the fabled lost city). Other series premieres: "Generation Cryo," 10 p.m. Monday, MTV (a sperm-donor conceived teen seeks her half-siblings, fathered by the same anonymous donor); "Marshal Law: Texas," 10 p.m. Tuesday, TNT (follows the elite Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force).

Season premieres: "Nikita," 9 p.m. Friday, CW (final season); "Boston's Finest," 9 p.m. Tuesday, TNT; "Haunted Highway," 10 p.m. Wednesday, Syfy.

Returning: "Major Crimes," 9 p.m. Monday, TNT.

Season finales: "Covert Affairs," 10 p.m. Thursday, USA; "The Legend of Korra," 8 p.m. Friday, Nickelodeon; "Dancing with the Stars," 8 p.m. Monday (final performances) and 9 p.m. Tuesday (results); "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross," 8 p.m. Tuesday, PBS; "Brickleberry," 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central.

"Doctor Who" specials on BBC America: "Doctor Who Explained," 8 p.m. Friday (behind-the-scenes look at the series); "An Adventure in Space and Time," 9 p.m. Friday (dramatization of the show's creation); "50th Anniversary Live Pre-Show," 2:30 p.m. Saturday; "The Day of the Doctor," 2:50 and 7 p.m. Saturday (50th anniversary special); Matt Smith and David Tennant on "The Graham Norton Show," 10 p.m. Saturday; "The Doctors Revisited: The Eleventh Doctor," 8 p.m. Sunday.

JFK specials (new only): "JFK: The Lost Tapes," 7 p.m. Thursday, Discovery (includes recently-released Air Force One recordings, among others); "Adventures on the New Frontier," 9 p.m. Thursday, TCM (JFK's early days in office); "JFK Assassination: the Definitive Guide," 8 p.m. Friday, History (theories are examined); "Where Were You: The Day JFK Died," 9 p.m. Friday, NBC (a Tom Brokaw report); "Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live," 10 p.m. Friday, History (chronicles his actions after the assassination).

JFK on Friday news shows: "Good Morning America" (7 a.m. ABC), "CBS Evening News" (6:30 p.m.) and "NBC Nightly News" (6:30 p.m.) broadcast live from Dallas with some related programming; "World News with Diane Sawyer" (6:30 p.m., ABC) has reports on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Caroline Kennedy; "Nightline" (12:35 a.m., ABC) interviews descendents of key participants at the scene.

Music specials: "You Oughta Know in Concert," 9 p.m. Thursday, VH1 (with The Lumineers, Emeli Sande, Ed Sheeran and Johnnyswim); "Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana," 9 p.m. Friday, PBS (with 25 acts ranging from Billy Bragg and Dwight Yokam to The Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons); "American Music Awards," 8 p.m. Sunday, ABC (performances include Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Imagine Dragons and Florida Georgia Line).

Specials: "Bill Cosby: Far From Finished," 8 p.m. Saturday, Comedy Central (his first stand-up special in 30 years); "Carol Burnett: The Mark Twain Prize," 8 p.m. Sunday, PBS (Burnett also guest stars on "Hawaii Five-0," 9 p.m. Friday, CBS); "Fashion Police: 2013 American Music Awards," 9 p.m. Monday, E! (with Lady Antebellum's Hilary Scott); "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," 8 p.m. Tuesday, CBS; "Tiny Tonight! Ladies Guide to the Holidays," 9 p.m. Tuesday, VH1 (holiday special with the star of "T.I. & Tiny" and her entourage); "The Making of 'The Sound of Music Live!'" 8 p.m. Wednesday, NBC (behind-the-scenes look at the Carrie Underwood/Stephen Moyer event airing Dec. 5).

Thanksgiving episodes: "The Big Bang Theory," 8 p.m. Thursday, CBS; "Grey's Anatomy," 9 p.m. Thursday, ABC; "The Michael J. Fox Show," 9:30 p.m. Thursday, NBC (with guest stars Candice Bergen and Charles Grodin); "Last Man Standing," 8 p.m., and "The Neighbors," 8:30 p.m. Friday, ABC; "Bob's Burgers," 8:30 p.m., "Family Guy," 9 p.m., and "American Dad," 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox; "Alaska: The Last Frontier," 9 p.m. Sunday, Discovery; "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," 8:30 p.m., and "New Girl," 9 p.m. Tuesday, Fox; "The Annoying Orange," 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Cartoon Network; "Swamp People," 10 p.m. Tuesday, History; "Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving," 8 p.m. Wednesday, NBC (special).

Of note: several Indianapolis Colts have cameos on "Parks and Recreation," 8 p.m. Thursday, NBC; "Glee" features Billy Joel's music, 9 p.m. Thursday, Fox; alumnus and fan favorite Austin Scarlett guest judges on "Project Runway," 9 p.m. today, Lifetime; "The Voice" winner Danielle Bradbury appears on "Hart of Dixie," 8 p.m. Monday, CW.

Reach Amy Robinson at flipside@wvgazette.com.


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