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TV Tonight: 'The Birthday Boys,' 'The Day JFK Died,' An Adventure in Space and Time'

November 22, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 22--"The Birthday Boys": The best thing this new sketch comedy series has going for it are the appearances from its executive producer, Bob Odenkirk ("Mr. Show," Saul on "Breaking Bad.")

In a way, that's also the worst thing the show has going for it, since Odenkirk is so assured, commanding and funny that the younger members of the Los Angeles comedy troupe can't help but be overshadowed.

Maybe they'll emerge with stronger comic personalities as time goes on. In this episode, there's a sketch about craft-beer brewers, which sounds like something that might also turn up on "Portlandia." (7:30 and 10:30 p.m. IFC)

"Doctor Who Explained": In case you haven't already learned everything there is to know about the Doctor, here's another 50th anniversary special, featuring more interviews with cast members and behind-the-scenes info. (8 p.m. BBC America)

"An Adventure in Space and Time": Guess who? Doctor Who. Yet another special celebrating the doctor's 50th anniversary, this one a made-for-TV movie recounting how the epic series came to be created, back in 1963. (9 p.m. BBC America)

"Where Were You: The Day JFK Died": Tom Brokaw interviews notable people about their experiences and memories of Nov. 22, 1963. (9 p.m. NBC/8)

-- Kristi Turnquis

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