PopWatch Planner: 'Almost Human, 'Catching Fire,' 'Key and Peele,' and more

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What’s worthy of PopWatching this week? Well, consider this week the calm before the holiday-movie storm. Next week is Thanksgivukkah and then a virtual Christmas-movie-marathon-mania follows. Before you get your dose of jolly caroling cheer, scenes of holly-trimmed (and secretly hostile) family dinners, and everyone quoting Love Actually, consider this your bah, Humbug! week, filled with a stocking’s worth of everything that’s anti-holiday — teens killing teens, crime-solving robots, and sardonic humor. Merry watching!

All times listed are Eastern.

SUNDAY 11/17

Almost Human, Series Debut, 8 p.m., Fox

The new sci-fi/procedural drama from J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman (Fringe) has a two-night premiere, on Sunday and Monday at 8 p.m. It stars Karl Urban as a detective in 2048 who partners up with an android (Michael Ealy) to keep the peace.  Here’s what EW’s Jeff Jensen had to say about the show in his review: “It captures your imagination for a show that could explore our romance with technology, for better and worse, and how technology is simultaneously expanding and diminishing our humanity. Who is more human: A stuck-in-the-past human being with a mechanical leg who refuses to evolve emotionally? Or a completely synthetic physical creature programmed to feel deeply and hungry to grow?”

MONDAY 11/18

Doctor Who: The Science of the Doctor with Brian Cox, 10 p.m., BBC America

Physicist Brian Cox explores the space-time continuum hijinks and other scientific concepts behind Doctor Who. Check out this special “Night of the Doctor” mini-episode ahead of the 50th Anniversary show airing on Nov. 23:

TUESDAY 11/19

Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35 p.m., CBS

The Hunger Games goddess and endlessly quotable dream galpal, Jennifer Lawrence, is Letterman’s guest along with Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson. The Neighbourhood will perform. But really, only tune in to watch J-Law melt Letterman’s curmudgeonly-comic heart.

WEDNESDAY 11/20

Key & Peele, 10:30 p.m., Comedy Central

Sketches on the docket tonight: Samuel and Lashawn bask in their marriage, a detective gets to meet his new partner, and a fan stalks Lando Calrissian.

THURSDAY 11/21

You Oughta Know in Concert, 9 p.m., VH1

Lorde, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, The Lumineers, and more performed at Manhattan’s Roseland Ballroom. EW’s Jodi Walker was on the scene at the concert’s taping, where she got the scoop on which artists were Real Housewives of Atlanta fans and which ones would win her award for Most Likely to Skip Class.

FRIDAY 11/22

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, in theaters

In the second installment based on Suzanne Collins’ YA post-apocalyptic juggernaut, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) make their return to battle at the Capitol.

Watch the trailer below:

SATURDAY 11/23

English Premier League Soccer, 12:30 p.m., NBC

West Ham United FC vs. Chelsea FC

SUNDAY 11/24

Carol Burnett: The Mark Twain Prize, 8 p.m., PBS

The legendary actress and comedienne, known for her namesake variety series, The Carol Burnett Show, was honored in October.


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