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There's not much else on, so why don't you check out Bored To Death? For us? Please?

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Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, November 13. All times are Eastern.


Bored To Death (HBO, 9 p.m.): Something like 22 people have been watching this show week to week, and while it’s been more of a hit-and-miss season than last season was, the highs (hee hee) have been really, really high. So as television heads inexorably to Thanksgiving, when most everything will begin taking lengthy breaks for the year-end holidays and as you probably don’t have anything else to watch in this timeslot, why don’t you drop in on Jonathan, Ray, and George and see just what the hell they’re up to? It will almost certainly be amusing, and David Sims will be there to guide you safely past Ted Danson’s terrifying gaze.

How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8 p.m.): Last episode ended with a pretty big cliffhanger, and this week’s episode description says, “Barney and Robin keeps secrets from their significant others,” which suggests CBS is being cagey and doesn’t quite understand subject-verb agreement. Donna Bowman can teach it.

Terra Nova (Fox, 8 p.m.): The interminable “Josh tries to bring his girlfriend back to Terra Nova from the future” plot sees some forward momentum tonight, which means Josh might say, resolutely, “I need to bring my girlfriend here from the future!” four times instead of three times. Rowan Kaiser’s here to help.

2 Broke Girls (CBS, 8:30 p.m.): So, wouldn’t you know, Johnny, the object of Max’s affections, has a girlfriend, and now she wants to hire Max and Caroline to cater an art show? There’s only one way this can end, and that’s in a food fight. Todd VanDerWerff will detail every last excruciating second.

House (Fox, 9 p.m.): John Scurti, of Rescue Me, turns up in tonight’s episode as the patient-of-the-week, which is not quite the dream we had for him when his other show ended—that involved him as a gourmet chef who solved mysteries—but Zack Handlen will be glad to see him all the same.

Enlightened (HBO, 9:30 p.m.): Jonathan Demme directs tonight’s episode, which guest stars Robin Wright, who’s had a surprisingly similar career to Laura Dern, outside of that whole thing where Laura Dern was in Jurassic Park and has actually met dinosaurs. Erik Adams envies her experience.


Scrubs (11 a.m.): Myles McNutt takes a look at one of the sitcom’s earliest dramatic episodes, “My Old Lady.” You might want to get your handkerchiefs ready, as the kids say, and you should probably remember there’s only one reason anyone ever casts Kathryn Joosten: to kill her off.


Justice League (1 p.m.): How do you make Aquaman cool? That’s a question at the forefront of everybody’s minds as this series confronts how to deal with reintroducing the DC characters to a new generation of fans. Oliver Sava thinks you make Aquaman cool with flashier pants.

Clue (The Hub, 8 p.m.): For some reason, The Hub has made a miniseries of the board game, with kids playing the roles of the people stuck in the middle of an elaborate murder mystery. When one of the kids is revealed as a bloodthirsty killer? That’s gonna be awesome.


Gossip Girl (The CW, 9 p.m.): The daffy teen soap does its best tribute to Eyes Wide Shut, as the characters go to a giant masked ball and, presumably, contemplate the inherent deterioration that sets in in the midst of a marriage that’s gone on any length of time.

Diane Sawyer Interview With Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (ABC, 10 p.m.): You don’t get Castle tonight so Sawyer can toss Giffords some softballs about her remarkable survival and recovery. Though, to be fair, if anybody deserves some softball questions…


The Headhuntress (Bravo, 10 p.m.): After The Fairy Jobmother did such a poor job with it, now Bravo’s turning to its own version of a show where a cranky British woman tries to help unemployed people find jobs that they’ll be incredibly unfulfilled by.

The Blue Angel (TCM, 8 p.m.): If you want to know why so many find Marlene Dietrich oddly, weirdly fascinating, then you can’t do much better than watching this film, which features her as a cabaret singer and Emil Jannings as the guy who gets drawn into her web.


Jurassic Park (AMC, 8 p.m.): This is the movie where Laura Dern met all those dinosaurs and made Erik Adams sad that he would never get to deliver a Triceratops baby and/or talk with an old man about his time running a super-sweet flea circus.

Monday Night Football: Vikings at Packers (NBC, 8:30 p.m.): The Packers are the last undefeated team left in the NFL, and while we’d like to say that could end tonight, they’re playing the Vikings at home, so you might as well wait until next week for them to potentially lose.


Homeland (Sunday): The consensus in the comments section for this one is that it’s one of the best episodes of television of the year, and reviewer Todd VanDerWerff is hard pressed to disagree. If you haven’t been watching this show, catch up and agree with us.