1) “Band of Brothers,” 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., History. As Veterans Day begins, History reruns HBO’s compelling portrait (shown here with Damian Lewis) of one World War II unit. It follows with a “Salute to Service” special at 8 and 11 p.m., with “Hacksaw Ridge” (2016) at 9. The true story of a pacifist who won a Medal of Honor as a medic, “Ridge” drew Oscar nominations for best picture, star Andrew Garfield and director Mel Gibson. Also at 9 p.m., PBS profiles the USO.
2) Veterans Day movies. Turner Classic Movies goes from “Sergeant York” (1941) at noon ET to “The Longest Day” (1962) at 11. For a direct focus on the returning vet, TCM has the Oscar-winning “Best Years of Our Lives” (1946) at 8 p.m. and on-demand platforms (Amazon, Apple, etc.) have “MVP”: Nate Boyer, who had six combat tours, superbly co-wrote, directed and starred in this film, based on his real-life link between military and football vets.
3) “The Greatest #AtHome Videos,” 8 p.m., CBS. This amiable show helped fill a pandemic void, showing clever things people had done online. Now it has a pair of holidays specials – a Christmas one on Dec. 16 and a Thanksgiving focus today, with Luke Bryan surprising one family. It’s followed by “Fire Country” and “Blue Bloods” reruns.
4) “Lopez vs. Lopez,” 8 p.m., NBC. The second episode, like the first, is often loud and occasionally funny. George builds a security system for his daughter, fashioned from cheap parts. That’s followed by “Young Rock,” focusing on Rock’s decision to drastically change his wrestling image.
5) Streaming. A big week brought a new “Crown” season Wednesday on Netflix and the start of “The Calling” – a crime drama from writer-producer David E. Kelley – Thursday on Peacock. Now Apple TV+ starts a new season of Rob McElhenney’s witty “Mythic Quest” and Amazon Prime starts two six-week miniseries — “The English” (an old-West tale with Emily Blunt) and “Mammals” (marital trouble with James Corden and Melia Kreiling).