Sunday, November 10th
2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards, awards show from 9 to 11pm on BBC America
– Rob Brydon, a comedian familiar to pretty much no one in America, hosts tonight’s awards from Los Angeles. Honorees include Sacha Baron Cohen for excellence in comedy, George Clooney for excellence in film, Benedict Cumberbatch as artist of the year, and Idris Elba for being a humanitarian and a generally superhot and talented guy.
Monday, November 11th
Church Rescue, series premiere at 10pm on Nat Geo
– Running a church takes more than faith, and even the holiest of institutions can fall victim to harsh realities. Enter the “Church Hoppers” — three business-savvy ministers who travel the country helping faith-based organizations reestablish themselves in the marketplace so they can continue spreading the good word to their followers. They use the wisdom of Scripture and a little Southern ingenuity to pull off inspiring interventions.
Thursday, November 14th
Ground Floor, series premiere at 10pm on TBS
– Set in the modern world of corporate America, Ground Floor centers on Brody (Skylar Astin), a young hot-shot banker who thought he was just having a one-night stand with Jennifer (Briga Heelan), a beautiful woman he met at an office party. He discovers, however, that she works in the maintenance department for the building where his bank – Remington Trust – is located. Suddenly their worlds begin to collide in the most unexpected ways. Facing Brody’s critical boss, Mr. Mansfield (John C. McGinley), as well as annoyed colleagues, the pair must find a way to deal with their growing feelings for each other in this modern take on Romeo & Juliet.
Friday, November 15th
Raising Hope, season premiere at 9pm on Fox
– Raising Hope is the critically acclaimed comedy that follows the continuing comic adventures of the Chance family as they raise an adorable girl named Hope. Following Jimmy’s (Lucas Neff) marriage to longtime crush Sabrina (Shannon Woodward), the young couple moved into their own home this past season. But they found that they still need Jimmy’s parents, Virginia (Emmy Award winner Martha Plimpton) and Burt (Garret Dillahunt), to help them raise Jimmy’s daughter Hope. Having been teen parents themselves, Virginia and Burt see Hope as their second chance to get parenthood right, after all the mistakes they made with Jimmy. They continue to live with Virginia’s erratic grandmother, Maw Maw (Emmy Award winner Cloris Leachman), whose eccentricities keep everyone on their toes, as she has a tendency to lose her clothing and, in her mind, it just might be World War II. To make ends meet, Jimmy and Sabrina still work together at Howdy’s Supermarket, under the supervision of their goofy manager, Barney (Gregg Binkley). In Season Four, Virginia and Burt find new adventures to fill the void of their empty nest, with only Maw Maw left in the house. Jimmy and Sabrina navigate many new “firsts,” both as newlyweds and as co-parents. Hope’s world starts to expand as she enters pre-school and makes new friends in the neighborhood. She may be getting older and wiser, but her family remains as lovingly dysfunctional as ever.
Saturday, November 16th
Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, autobiographical special at 8pm on HBO
– Mike Tyson says he is ”a better man striving to be a better father” who wants to be ”better understood.” And there’s no doubt that the former heavyweight champ comes off far better than you ever imagined in this filming of his 2012 Broadway one-man show, directed with spark and sincere admiration by longtime friend Spike Lee. Tyson isn’t lacking in charm or stage presence (especially when recounting stories about trainer Cus D’Amato) and doesn’t duck the times he’s gotten into trouble. Sometimes, though, you wish he’d keep his mouth shut. Do we really need to hear him call ex-wife Robin Givens ”a cold fart”?