‘My Brilliant Friend,’ ‘Escape to Dannemora,’ a Prince tribute and everything else you don’t want to miss on TV this week



Startalk: The fifth season premiere episode of Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s talk show features an interview with Anthony Bourdain. (~sniff~) 10 p.m., National Geographic

The Price of Everything: This documentary ponders how we determine the value of fine art (and how much of it might just be complete bullshit). This is also a good time to suggest that you watch Exit Through the Gift Shop if you have not already. 7 p.m., HBO

Mars: Tensions rise on Mars in the second season premiere. 8 p.m., National Geographic


black-ish: A tribute to Prince. As far as I’m concerned there is nothing else on TV tonight. 8 p.m., ABC

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath: The Jehovah’s Witnesses: The Jehovah’s Witnesses receive the Scientology treatment from Remini and her team in this two-hour special. 8 p.m., A&E

She-Ra and the Princess of Power: She-Ra returns and so many men are SO MAD ABOUT IT. Sorry, losers, She-Ra’s not for you. Netflix

Real Country: Shania Twain, Travis Tritt, and Jake Owen serve as the judges of this country American Idol9 p.m., CMT


American Horror Story: Apocalypse: “Apocalypse Then” is the season finale. I am doing everything I can to catch up with this show before the finale, hold your breath for me.  9 p.m., FX

Origin: This Lost in space series stars a couple of Harry Potter alums and is produced by among others Jeff Pinker, a Lost and Fringe producer and what I’m saying is that this might be the series to convince me to subscribe to YouTube — maybe over Thanksgiving week I’ll binge it. YouTube

The 52nd CMA Awards: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host the awards ceremony. 7 p.m., ABC

NOVA: A look at the Thai cave rescue. 8 p.m., PBS


How to Get Away with Murder: In the fall season finale we finally learn who died and it BETTER not be Oliver. 9 p.m., ABC

May the Devil Take You: Sisters try to determine what has made their father sick in this Indonesian horror film and my guess is lack of basic hygiene. Netflix


Narcos: Mexico: Diego Luna and Michale Pena star in this exploration of the start of the Mexican cartels. Series premiere. Netflix

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: The Coen Brothers produced this Western anthology series/movie (?), which stars James Franco, Brendan Gleeson, Zoe Kazan, Liam Neeson, Tim Blake Nelson, Clancy Brown, Stephen Root, Tyne Daly, and Tom Waits. Netflix

The Bisexual: A woman who had previously only been with women begins sleeping with men in this British comedy. Series premiere. Hulu

Dogs: DOGS! Just dogs. Series premiere. Netflix

Cam: A cam girl finds herself replaced by a lookalike in this candy-colored psychological thriller/horror film. Netflix

A Headful of Dreams: A documentary following the 20-year history of the band Coldplay. Amazon


Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle: It’s been 40 years since the horrific cult massacre. This series looks back at the events that led up to it, including secret FBI and CIA recordings, unreleased photographs and previously classified documents. Series premiere. 8 p.m., Sundance

Saturday Night Live: Steve Carrell & Ella Mai 10:30 p.m., NBC


My Brilliant Friend: An adaptation of the best-selling novel about a complicated friendship. Heads up: it’s in Italian and subtitled. Miniseries premiere. 8 p.m., HBO

Escape at Dannemora: Ben Stiller produced and directed this series based on the true story of a prison escape in upstate New York. It stars Benicio del Toro, Paul Dano, and Patricia Arquette. Miniseries premiere.  9 p.m., Showtime

Enemies: The President, Justice & The FBI: A historical look at the tensions between the White House and the FBI. Series premiere. 7 p.m., Showtime

The Impeachment of Bill Clinton: Hey, remember when we impeached a president because he lied about having sex with an intern? Such innocent days. Series premiere. 8 p.m., A&E

Queen America: Catherine Zeta-Jones stars in this pageant comedy. Series premiere. 8 p.m., Facebook

Last Week Tonight: It’s that time again when John Oliver abandons us to the wolves for about three months. Season finale. 10 p.m., HBO

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