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TV This Week: 'American Masters' on Jimi Hendrix, 'Sleepy Hollow' returns, more

November 2, 2013


Nov. 02--Now that the World Series is over, Fox returns to its usual broadcast schedule, which means new episodes of "Sleepy Hollow" (hurray) and "Dads" (sigh).

The week's other points of interest include a new "American Masters" documentary about the late musical superstar Jimi Hendrix, the 47th Annual CMA Awards (spoiler alert: Taylor Swift will be there), and a steamy-sounding special on "Love in the Animal Kingdom."

Here are some of the TV highlights coming up this week:


"Secrets of Selfridges": I've been generally underwhelmed with the public TV series, "Mr. Selfridge," but this documentary look at the famed Selfridges department store in London sounds intriguing, and promises to share inside information about Selfridge, and how his store helped define what the modern department store could be. ( 8 p.m. PBS/10)

"The Good Wife": If you missed last week's game-changer of an episode, you missed one of the best hours of television this season, on any channel. Now that the secret plans of Alicia and Cary to start their own firm are out in the open, everyone's taking off the gloves, which is all to the good -- this show's never better than when all the characters are using all their intelligence, and operating at the top of their game. This week, more fallout from Alicia's defection interferes with her new firm, and Will has a sharp, new competitive focus. (9 p.m. CBS/6)


"Dancing with the Stars": Cher turns up to perform and serve as a guest judge. I haven't been watching this season. What's going on over there? Cher as a guest judge? She may be a legend, but it's not for her dance moves. (8 p.m. ABC/2)

"Sleepy Hollow": Ichabod (Tom Mison) goes missing, and Abbie (Nicole Beharie) turns to a mysterious character (played by John Noble, of "Fringe") who has information about Crane and the Headless Horseman. (9 p.m. Fox/12)


"Jimi Hendrix -- Hear My Train A Comin'": A new "American Masters" special looks at the late master musician, and features interviews with Paul McCartney, Vernon Reid, Steve Winwood, as well as footage of Hendrix in performance.(9 p.m. PBS/10)

"Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart": A special rebroadcast of the 1998 documentary about Reed, who died last week. The documentary examines Reed's innovations and long-term impact on music. (11 p.m. PBS/10)


47th Annual CMA Awards: A country music kudofest, once again hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, with performances by Taylor Swift (there's a law that she must appear at every awards show -- or so it seems, anyway), Dave Grohl, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill and more. (8 p.m. ABC/2)

"Nature": How do flamingoes, gorillas, and blue-footed boobies get together for some special time? All will be revealed, in "Love in the Animal Kingdom." Is it getting hot in here, or is it just me? (8 p.m. PBS/10)


"Oregon Art Beat": Stories include a look at Portland filmmaker Alicia J. Rose and her film, "The Gift of Gravity." (8 p.m. OPB/10)

"Project Runway All Stars": The designers are asked to create looks inspired by drinks served at a club owned by Jay Z. (9 p.m. Lifetime)

"Elementary": Sherlock gets a visit from his brother, Mycroft, and things get uncomfortable when Mycroft and Joan seem to be getting rather well. (10 p.m. CBS/6)


"MasterChef Junior": The finale, in which the top two culinary whippersnappers must prepare and present a three-course meal. But have they finished their homework? (8 p.m. Fox/12)

"Grimm": Nick seems to be getting back to his old, pre-zombie self. Or is he? And Monroe and Rosalee are getting as cozy as two birds two sitting in a Portland evergreen tree. (9 p.m. NBC/8)

"Gold Rush": Parker loses his temper, and the Hoffman crew work to get some necessary equipment. That all sounds kind of familiar, doesn't it? (9 p.m. Discovery Channel)


"Miss Universe": Mel B and Thomas Roberts (who?) host this beauty contest (they're still called that, right?) from Crocus City Hall in Moscow. The competitors must show their skill at wearing swimsuits and gowns and try not to become automatic social media pariahs by saying stupid things during the interview segments. (Follows a Blazer game telecast on KGW; scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m. NBC/8)

-- Kristi Turnquist


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