PopWatch Planner: 'Breaking Dawn,' 'Lawrence of Arabia,' and more

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There’s plenty of entertainment to go around this week, but let’s all agree that this is Twilight’s moment to sparkle. The saga of a girl, a vampire, and a lovesick wolf finally comes to an end — beware the shocking twist ending! — after selling more than 116 million books and grossing more than $1.8 billion at the box office.

SUNDAY, Nov. 11

Family Guy‘s 200th episode, Fox, 9 p.m.

Titled “Yug Ylimaf,” this landmark episode turns some of your favorite Family Guy moments upside down — or backwards. Brian breaks Stewie’s time machine, and time is reversed, threatening Stewie’s very existence. After the show, stay tuned for a retrospective that includes interviews with series creator Seth MacFarlane and voice actors Mila Kunis, Alex Borstein and Seth Green.

MONDAY, Nov. 12

Teen Mom 2 season 3 premiere, MTV, 10 p.m.

“Don’t miss the powerful new season of the groundbreaking series, Teen Mom 2.” Powerful. Groundbreaking. This reality drama is meant for young-adult viewers who thought Cops was too sophisticated. It should not — I repeat… NOT — be viewed by any parent of a teenage daughter.

TUESDAY, Nov. 13

Lawrence of Arabia, fully restored on Blu-ray

David Lean’s desert masterpiece, starring Peter O’Toole as World War I poet-warrior T.E. Lawrence, receives a sparkling 50th anniversary Blu-ray. The Oscar-winner is the epitome of the film that needs to be seen on the big-screen, but this newest edition, mastered from a newly digitally restored version, allows you to appreciate every inch of the frame and every masterful cut at home.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14

Whitney season 2 premiere, NBC, 8 p.m.

Whitney Cummings’ sophomore comedy steps into the slot left by the canceled Animal Practice. Whitney and Alex (Chris D’Elia) are married now, so she can finally be herself and let her hair down.

THURSDAY, Nov. 15

Katie Holmes visits Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, NBC, 12:35 p.m.

Holmes is starring in the Broadway show, Dead Accounts, but a lot of viewers might be more interested in her role playing the wife of a famous celebrity. You know, she played Jackie in that Kennedy miniseries and all. Why, what were you thinking?

FRIDAY, Nov. 16

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2  premieres in theaters

The Saga finally comes to a close, but be warned: the twist ending is “so shocking” that it freaks Kristen Stewart out!

SATURDAY, Nov. 17

Lincoln

With Lincoln expanding its reach this weekend, Steven Spielberg’s mesmerizing biopic is the perfect antidote to the Twilight hordes at the multiplex — even if this particular Lincoln has no prayer of slaying any vampires at the box office. It’s simply a movie you need to see: for Oscar season, for historical context, and for understanding the way that future generations will envision Lincoln when they hear his name.

SUNDAY, Nov. 18

The 40th Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 8 p.m

Everyone knows that the most prized awards are the ones where the fans vote for the winners, but at least the populist AMA’s feature a dynamite lineup of live performers: Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, Nicki Minaj, Carrie Underwood, Usher, and No Doubt will all take the stage.

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