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TV picks for Nov. 11 to Nov. 17: 'Alpha House,' 'Eagleheart,' 'Almost Human'

This week brings the series premieres of "Ground Floor," "Alpha House" and "Almost Human" and the series finale of "Eastbound & Down." Also on the schedule are the return of "Parks and Recreation" after a short hiatus, the Season 4 premiere of "Raising Hope" and the U.S. premieres of two very different British thrillers, "Secret State" and "Black Mirror."

Here are more highlights of what's on TV for the week of Nov. 11-17. Click here for a look at premieres, finales, movies and specials airing in November.

Monday, Nov. 11

7 p.m. Monday, Fox
Hodgins mothers a fly larva, which is only a subplot in this episode, but I couldn't stop laughing at the thought.

Church Rescue
9 p.m. Monday, Nat Geo
The Church Hoppers revamp churches around the country.

World's Best Bartender
10 p.m. Monday, Travel
Bartender showdown!

Tuesday, Nov. 12

8 p.m. Tuesday, CW
Press release says of "Heaven Can't Wait:" "Castiel (Misha Collins) gets a job at a Gas-N-Sip and actually starts to enjoy life as a human." Not quite sure those two can go together.

The Goldbergs
8 p.m. Tuesday, ABC
The Goldbergs meet their seemingly perfect new neighbors, the Kremps. Perfect until they don't respons to Beverly's invitation. Tom Cavanaugh guest stars as Ed.

Secret State
8 p.m. Tuesday, DirecTV Audience
In the aftermath of a deadly industrial disaster involving a U.S. petrochemical firm, deputy prime minister Tom Dawkins (Gabriel Bryne) fights the powers that be, including members of his own government, in this four-part, intrigue-filled political thriller from Great Britain.

Black Mirror
9 p.m. Tuesday, DirecTV Audience
Another British import, "Black Mirror" takes a disturbing look at our relationship with technology in six hour-long, standalone episodes that harken back to the strangest reality-based episodes of "The Twilight Zone."

Chicago Fire
9 p.m. Tuesday, NBC
Severide's jog turns into a battle to save the life of a boy trapped in a backhoe loader at an abandoned construction site.

Wednesday, Nov. 13

Modern Family
8 p.m. Wednesday, ABC
Phil and Claire plan surprises for each other for their 20th wedding anniversary. We can all agree things won't go well, right?

JFK: One PM Central Standard Time
9 p.m. Wednesday, WTTW (PBS)
"Secrets of the Dead" opens a new season with this minute-by-minute look at how journalists covered the shooting of John F. Kennedy 50 years ago. Narrated by George Clooney.

American Horror Story: Coven
9 p.m. Wednesday, FX
Voodoo queen Marie Laveau continues her war against Fiona and her coven in a surprising way, while Zoe, Queenie and Nan conjure up a dark spirit of their own who is trapped in the Academy.

9 p.m. Wednesday, ABC
An influential radio DJ promotes Layla over Juliette after she angers him. It's so unlike Juliette not to flirt her way to success.

South Park
9 p.m. Wednesday, Comedy Central
When the best deal on new gaming systems is at stake, the boys will do anything to be first at the mall on "Black Friday."

Thursday, Nov. 14

Parks and Recreation
7 p.m. Thursday, NBC
The sixth season resumes with two episodes and the recall election of Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler).

The Vampire Diaries
7 p.m. Thursday, CW
Now starring as three characters, Nina Dobrev demands separate salaries for all three roles. Just kidding, but she is playing Elena, Amara and Katherine.

Braxton Family Values
8 p.m. Thursday, WEtv
As the season resumes, Traci confronts her hubby about his possible cheating and her sisters about the part they played in making the rumors public.

Ground Floor
9 p.m. Thursday, TBS
The new sitcom from "Cougartown" and "Scrubs" creator Bill Lawrence follows a up-and-coming banker (Skylar Astin) who falls for a one-night stand (Briga Heelan) who works in the bank's maintenance department. Uncomfortable, which is how I feel saying that this doesn't live up to Lawrence's much funnier other shows. A second episode follows at 9:30 p.m.

9 p.m. Thursday, ABC
We learn how Fitz, Mellie and Cyrus became a team in "Everything's Coming Up Mellie." But this being "Scandal," a mere flashback just won't do. We also get Mellie plotting her comeback, Cyrus plotting against Sally Langston and Huck plotting to keep annoying Quinn at arm's length.

Friday, Nov. 15

7 p.m. Friday, Fox
"Bones" moves to a new day and time with "The Fury in the Jury," in which Brennan serves as a juror in the trial of professional soccer player Peter Kidman (guest star Brandon Quinn), who is accused of murdering his wife.

Styled to Rock
7 p.m. Friday, Bravo
The contestants have to style publicity loving Miley Cyrus for "Miley's Sexy Night Out." Let me guess: see-through top, barely there shorts and a giant foam finger?

Raising Hope
8 p.m. Friday, Fox
Burt, Virginia and Jimmy learn that the mysterious man (guest star Jeffrey Tambor) they keep seeing is, first of all, real. Secondly, he may have something to do with a secret Maw Maw's been keeping. The Season 4 premiere is followed at 8:30 p.m. by the new episode "Burt Bucks."

Hawaii Five-0
8 p.m. Friday, CBS
The Jo Bros' split doesn't mean we can't see them separately. Nick Jonas guest stars as a computer hacker the governor tasks Five-0 to find.

Alpha House
Sometime Friday, Amazon
John Goodman plays John Biggs, a North Carolina Republican senator who lives with three other lawmakers in a Washington, D.C., townhouse in this new comedy written by "Doonesbury" scribe Garry Trudeau. The first three episodes post Friday, then one a week after that.

Saturday, Nov. 16

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth
7 p.m. Saturday, HBO
Mike Tyson reveals some shocking stories from his past in this filmed version of his one-man stage show. Both were directed by Spike Lee.

The Challenger Disaster
8 p.m. Saturday, Science and Discovery channels
William Hurt stars as Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Richard Feynman in this story of Feynman's work to uncover the cause of the Challenger explosion in 1986. The film is based on Feynman's book, "What Do You Care What Other People Think?"

Eagleheart: Paradise Rising
11 p.m. Saturday, Adult Swim
Chris is accused of murdering Brett with a wood chipper, in the Season 3 premiere.

Sunday, Nov. 17

Almost Human
7 p.m. Sunday, Fox
A human cop with mechanical parts (Karl Urban) and an emotional android (Michael Ealy) partner up in this teach-savvy cross between a buddy cop drama and a sci-fi thriller. I called it a brobomance, but the more common robromance sounds better. Watch an extended 8-minute trailer with my full review here.

The Simpsons

8 p.m. Sunday, Fox
"Mad Men" star Elizabeth Moss guest voices a pregnant woman who goes into labor while in an elevator—with Homer. Oh boy.

Eastbound & Down
9 p.m. Sunday, HBO
Danny McBride's cringe comedy comes to a close. Has bad-boy former ball player Kenny found redemption?

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