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Jon Bernthal stars as Marvel’s The Punisher (Photo: Jessica MIglio/Netflix)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Friday, November 17, and Saturday, November 18. All times are Eastern.

Top pick

Marvel’s The Punisher (Netflix, Friday 3:01 a.m.): Now that The Defenders have met (and ragged on Danny Rand some more), Netflix is releasing its first Marvel TV spin-off. Jon Bernthal reprises his role in/as The Punisher, the veteran-turned-vigilante who previously clashed with Matt Murdock while avenging his slain family. In his standalone series, Frank Castle learns just how elusive justice is. Caroline Siede, who previously patrolled the streets of Hell’s Kitchen with Daredevil, will have daily reviews.


Regular coverage

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Friday, The CW, 8 p.m.)
Jane The Virgin (Friday, The CW, 9 p.m.)
Z Nation (Friday, Syfy, 9 p.m.)
Lady Dynamite (Friday, Netflix)
Saturday Night Live (Saturday, NBC, 11:30 p.m.)

Wild card

Night Of Too Many Stars: America Unites For Autism Programs (Saturday, HBO, 8 p.m.): The lineup (which got another boost when HBO cut Louis CK loose) for this philanthropic special includes Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Abbi Jacobson, Sarah Silverman, John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, and the Roots, so this is kind of a gimme. But if you’re not sold on those comedians/musicians, how about Edie Falco, Ellie Kemper, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, and Will Ferrell? We could go on, but how about you just watch it to support the autism programs?

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