Sunday, November 17th
Almost Human, series premiere at 8pm on Fox
– From Emmy Award-winning executive producer J.J. Abrams (Fringe, Lost, Revolution) comes an action-packed police procedural set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. The year is 2048. Meet Detective John Kennex (Karl Urban, “Lord of the Rings” franchise), a cop who survived one of the most catastrophic attacks ever made against the police department. After waking up from a 17-month coma, he can’t remember much – except that his partner was killed, he lost one of his legs and he is now outfitted with a highly sophisticated synthetic appendage. Suffering from depression, mental atrophy, trauma-onset OCD, PTSD and the “psychological rejection of his synthetic body part,” John returns to work at the behest of longtime ally Captain Sandra Maldonado (Emmy Award nominee Lili Taylor, Six Feet Under). By mandate, every cop must partner with a robot and after a problem with his first robot partner, John is paired with Dorian (Michael Ealy, Sleeper Cell), a discontinued android with unexpected emotional responses. Although such responses were deemed flaws, it is in these “flaws” that John relates to Dorian most. After all, John is part-machine now, and Dorian is part-human. John and Dorian’s understanding of each other not only complements them, it connects them. Almost Human will follow the week-to-week missions of John and Dorian, as they fight crime across this futuristic landscape, while the mysteries surrounding John’s attack and the larger mythology of this new world unfold.
Monday, November 18th
Whoopi Goldberg Presents: Moms Mabley, documentary premiere at 9pm on HBO
– Goldberg is honoring Mabley’s legacy with an HBO special. The documentary chronicles her rise to fame and how she influenced other comics such as Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers and Sammy Davis Jr., seen in a vintage “Playboy After Dark” interview with her at the Playboy mansion in the early 1970s.
Tuesday, November 19th
Futurescapes With James Woods, series premiere at 10pm on Science
– Futurescapes With James Woods follows acclaimed actor James Woods on a journey to reveal world-changing breakthroughs and their implications for the future. Each episode focuses on one idea or discovery that will blow your mind and critically alter life as we know it. What’s happening in these game-changing fields? What does it mean for us? James will ask the big questions, ignite debate, and reveal a stunning image of the future.
Friday, November 22nd
Nikita, season premiere at 9pm on The CW
– When Nikita (Maggie Q, “Live Free or Die Hard,” “Mission Impossible 3”) was a troubled teenager on death row, she was “recruited” by a secret U.S. black ops program known only as Division. They faked her execution and turned her into an assassin. Nikita never lost her humanity, and when she learned that Division was a corrupt organization, she went rogue, exposing their covert operations, destroying their plans, righting their wrongs. Two years later, she finds herself working for a new Division, fighting alongside a team of allies she’s gathered throughout her adventures. They have vowed to clean up the mess left behind by the old Division – rogue spies, violent assassins – Nikita is hunting down killers just as skilled as she is.
Saturday, November 23rd
Bill Cosby: Far From Finished, comedy special from 8 to 9:30pm on Comedy Central
– The legendary comedian/TV star returns to the stage in Far From Finished, a new Comedy Central stand-up special. In the 90-minute gig, which was filmed in Los Angeles over the summer, the 76-year-old Cos riffs on relationships, marriage, children and more.
Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, comedy special at 10pm on HBO
– Dubbed “the most outrageously funny woman alive” by Rolling Stone, comedian and actress Sarah Silverman stars in her first HBO comedy special. Taped in front of an intimate audience of 39 at Largo, a music and comedy club in Los Angeles, the exclusive presentation takes aim at such subjects as pornography, religion, President Obama, procreation, government, self-examination, sexuality, the miracle of existence and more.