TV column for Sunday, Nov. 8




TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE: “Seth and Alex's
Almost Live Comedy Special,” 8:30 p.m., Fox.

One of the highlights of the departed
“MadTV” was the five seasons of Alex Borstein. In particular, the
tiny (5-foot) actress became the hilariously unbudging Ms. Swan.

Now she's the voice of Lois Griffin on
“Family Guy.” Here, she teams with that show's creator and star,
Seth MacFarlane, for a half-hour of comedy bits. We haven't seen it,
but it seems worth sampling.

In a “Simpsons”-free night (sadly),
it's sandwiched by “Family Guy” at 8 and 9 p.m. and other
MacFarlane shows at 7:30 and 9:30.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE II: “Desperate
Housewives,” 9 p.m., ABC.

Susan is convinced that her daughter's
attacker was Katherine; Lynette has other theories. Meanwhile, Angie
– played by Drea de Matteo of “The Sopranos” – tries to learn
her husband's secret; she also invites a reluctant Bree and Orson for
dinner.

Also, Gabrielle is trying to
home-school her daughter. Academics have never been her specialty.

TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Jimmy Wayne:
Coming Home,” 10:30 p.m., GAC (Great American Country, often via
satellite or digital cable).

The spirit of country music seems
entwined in Jimmy Wayne. Here, he returns to Charlotte, N.C.,
stirring strong emotion as he visits his favorite teacher and the
prison where he once worked.

His mother went to prison twice, Wayne
says; he spent his teen years in foster homes, in detention centers
and living on the streets. Then he went to college and majored in
criminal justice. During a field trip, he heard his old
detention-center officer say: “We've got all kinds of trash here.”

Wayne told him then that no person is
trash; he says it now by calling each prisoner “sir” and by
singing: “It doesn't matter where you've been; it's where you're
going.” He's going far.

ALSO TONIGHT:





– “Keeping Up With the
Kardashians,” 8-10 p.m., E. The season opens with the wedding of
Khloe Kardashian and baskeball star Lamar Odom – just nine days
after his proposal, which was a month after they met. There have been
suggestions that moments are faked for the camera and that the couple
didn't legally wed. However, E says it's all there, including the
proposal and the early objections of Bruce Jenner, Khloe's
stepfather, who heard about the engagement on TV.

 

– “Nature: Black Mamba,” 8 p.m.,
PBS. After charming us last week with baby animals, “Nature” goes
the other way this time, with deadly black mamba snakes in Swaziland.
They invade fields, homes, hotel rooms. A gutsy woman works to
capture them, in a well-filmed, tough-to-watch hour.

– “Masterpiece Contemporary: Place
of Execution,” 9 p.m., PBS. In the opener of this powerful story,
an overwhelmed reporter (Juliet Stevenson) was dragging her teen
daughter along, trying to finish a film about an unsolved case. This
conclusion requires too much coincidence, but it's superbly played.

– “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” 9 p.m.,
HBO. The idea of a “Seinfeld” reunion started with Larry secretly
promising a role to his ex-wife. Alas, she blurted it out to Jerry
Seinfeld; now she must audition.

– “Bored to Death,” 9:30 p.m.,
HBO. Here's the so-so finale to what has been a good season. Jonathon
and two friends are locked in a boxing match with three equally
unqualified guys.

-- "Mad Men," 10 p.m., AMC. Fresh from winning best-drama Emmys its first two seasons, the show wraps up its third season tonight. Don is called into an important meeting with Conrad Hilton. Also, Bettty gets some advice and Pete -- who has been thinking about jumping to another ad agency -- talks with his clients.

– “Joe Nichols: My Military Diary,”
10 p.m., GAC. This portrait of a trip to Iraq seems stiff and flat,
when compared to the terrific Jimmy Wayne film that follows.

– “Brothers & Sisters,” 10:01
p.m., ABC. Unhappy about the side-effects of her chemotherapy, Kitty
(Calista Flockhart) goes to a wig party.