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TV picks for Nov. 18 to Nov. 24: 'Doctor Who,' 'Betas'

It's "Doctor Who" anniversary week, so tune to BBC America for a lot of new programming including the 50th anniversary movie on Saturday. Here's a look at what's coming on TV for the week of Nov. 18-24.

Monday, Nov. 18

Doctor Who Takeover
8 a.m. Monday, BBC America
BBC America's weeklong celebration of the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary kicks off with a marathon of "The Doctors Revisited" specials looking at the first 10 actors who played the iconic time traveler Doctor Who. The new special "Doctor Who: Tales from the TARDIS" premieres at 8 p.m. and features new interviews with actors and producers from throughout the show's history talking about their experiences and much more. At 9 p.m., "The Science of Doctor Who with Brian Cox" special premieres with physicist Brian Cox examining the science behind the longest running sci-fi show in history.

Monday premieres
8 p.m. "Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley," HBO
9 p.m. "Indian Relay," PBS

Tuesday, Nov. 19

Chicago Fire
9 p.m. Tuesday, NBC
The Firehouse 51 crew moves into action when a tanker crashes into a commuter train that then careens into a warehouse. Watch two previews at the top and bottom of this post.

David Blaine: Real or Magic
8:30 p.m. Tuesday, ABC
In his latest magic special, David Blaine mystifies Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Katy Perry, among others—presumably with his illusions.

Tuesday premieres
8 p.m. "Lincoln@Gettysburg," PBS
9 p.m. "Frontline: Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?" PBS
Tuesday finales
8 p.m. "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition," Lifetime

Wednesday, Nov. 20

How I Rock It
8 p.m. Wednesday, Esquire TV
Host and NBA superstar Baron Davis interviews male stars from athletes to musicians to influencers about their stylistic choices beyond fashion.

The League
9 p.m. Wednesday, FXX
The season closes out with two episodes, the second guest starring Aziz Ansari as Chicago's top plastic surgeon.

American Horror Story: Coven
9 p.m. Wednesday, FX
Queenie meets Marie Laveau and Delia learns the truth about her mother.

Wednesday premieres
7 p.m. "NOVA: At the Edge of Space," PBS
8 p.m. "NOVA: Asteroid: Doomsday or Payday?" PBS
9 p.m. "NOVA: Comet Encounter," PBS
9:30 p.m. "The Fashion Fund," Ovation

Thursday, Nov. 21

JFK: The Lost Tapes
6 p.m. Thursday, Discovery
Using recently released communications from Air Force One and other archival footage, this special reconstructs the tragic events of Nov. 22, 1963.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
7 p.m. Thursday, ABC
Jafar tries to dig up information about Alice at the asylum.

You Oughta Know In Concert
8 p.m. Thursday, VH1
Lorde, Matt Nathanson, Johnnyswim, Haim and The Lumineers are among the emerging artists featured in this concert special.
 
Friday, Nov. 22

Nikita
7 p.m. Friday, CW
Maggie Q and team Nikita are back to clear the lethal assassin's name.

More Doctor Who!
7 p.m. Friday, BBC America
The 50th anniversary week rolls on with the new behind-the-scenes special "Doctor Who Explained" at 7 p.m. and the fascinating how-it-all-began docudrama "An Adventure in Space and Time" at 8 p.m.

Betas
Sometime Friday, Amazon
Four tech entrepreneurs try making it big with their new mobile social networking app.

Friday premieres
7 p.m. "JFK Assassination The Definitive Guide," History
8 p.m. "Tom Brokaw Special: Where Were You?" NBC; "Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana," PBS
9 p.m. "Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live," History
 
Saturday, Nov. 23

Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor
1:50 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, BBC America
At least three Doctors and a couple of companions team up in the 50th anniversary movie.

Atlantis
9 p.m. Saturday, BBC America
A modern young man searching for clues about how his father was lost in a sea exploration discovers the lost city of Atlantis in this new adventure series featuring Greek myths.

Saturday premieres
7 p.m. "Bill Cosby: Far From Finished," Comedy Central; "Widow Wonderland," Hallmark; "Kristin's Christmas Past," Lifetime; "Life with La Toya Holiday Special," OWN
7:30 p.m. "Raising Whitley Holiday Special," OWN
8 p.m. "Penguins: Waddle All the Way," Discovery; "ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2013," PBS
9 p.m. "Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles," HBO

Sunday, Nov. 24

Doctor Who: The Doctors Revisited-The Eleventh Doctor
7 p.m. Sunday, BBC America
Learn all about Matt Smith, the 11th actor to play Doctor Who, before he ends his run in the “Doctor Who” Christmas special this December.

Ja'Mie: Private School Girl
9:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO
Australian funny man Chris Lilley spins off his cult favorite “Summer Heights High” with its most outrageous character. Get ready to laugh.

Sunday premieres
7 p.m. "Carol Burnett: The Mark Twain Prize," PBS; "Fir Crazy," Hallmark
8 p.m. "Defending Santa," ION
9 p.m. "Getting On," HBO


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