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Bones Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is the keynote speaker at a forensic science convention in this new episode. 8 p.m. Fox

Food Truck Face Off In this new episode set in South Pasadena, the competitors learn that while the love of cooking won't necessarily help with the challenges of running a food truck. 8 p.m. Food

Project Runway Shows Designers from this season's competition reflect on their creations and their behavior in the obligatory reunion episode. 8 p.m. Lifetime. That's followed at 9 by the season premiere of " Project Runway All Stars." Then, at 10, it's "Project Runway: Threads," the teen version of the franchise.

Mom (Allison Janney ) rails against Christy's (Anna Faris) ill-advised decisions on spending in the comedy's season premiere. Jamie Pressly guest stars. 8:30 p.m. CBS

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History offers for-credit college course with University of Oklahoma

Three credits shy of your college degree? Cable TV may have the solution for you.

In recent years, History has made a name for itself airing stuff like "Pawn Stars," "Ice Road Truckers" and "Ax Men," as well as the scripted hit, "Vikings." Now it's getting into the college education business.

The channel has teamed with the University of Oklahoma for what's called the fist "network-branded online course for college credit."

The course is called "United States, 1865 to the Present" and will cover such topics as industrialization and urbanization, the Gilded Age and progressivism, the two World Wars, the Cold War, Vietnam, Watergate and America in the current century.

The 16-week course, which will begin in January, is being taught by OU professor Steve Gillon, who also has the distinction of being History's "scholar-in-residence."

The course will use the Janux online learning community system created by OU.

Prospective students will have the option to sign up for the $500 version for...

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Netflix teases its next big series, 'Marco Polo'

Netflix is looking to go big and epic for its next original series, "Marco Polo."

The teaser trailer for the show's first season premiered online Wednesday and revealed a historical series with all the sweeping landscape shots and tough medieval action of HBO's "Game of Thrones."

Just don't expect any dragons or White Walkers.

The series, created by "Young Guns" writer John Fusco, follows the travels of the famous Italian merchant who went to China in the 13th century and described his experiences there in detail to Europeans, opening up further trade between the two areas of the world.

The series, produced by Netflix and the Weinstein Co., details Marco Polo's time in the court of Kublai Khan in Dadu (present day Beijing).

Lorenzo Richelmy stars as Marco Polo. Benedict Wong plays Kublai Khan, and Joan Chen plays the Empress Chabi.

The 10-episode first season will begin on Netflix in December.

You can watch the teaser here.

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Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers quiz George R.R. Martin on his own books

George R.R. Martin visited "Late Night With Seth Meyers" on Tuesday, but instead of being asked about the next book in the "Song of Ice and Fire" series that he's working on, he got quizzed about the previous books in the series from avowed fans Meyers and Amy Poehler.

The five published books in the series are door-stoppers, with book three, "A Storm of Swords," weighing in at over 1,000 pages. And his current book, "The World of Ice and Fire," is a large encyclopedia of history and arcana about his made-up fantasy world. So Martin could be forgiven if some of the details he's written over the years have slipped his mind.

Still, Poehler and Meyers put the author through his paces, quoting lines from all of his books. And while he got several of them, from characters such as Melisandre, Tyrion and Cersei, there were a few that not even hardcore fans of the books would remember.

Westeros 9 meteorologist Breeze Daniels? Winterfell math tutor Mrs. Puddlefinch? 

Apparently, Poehler and...

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'The Voice' recap: Kooky dancing, crazy picks in Night 2 of Knockouts

The second night of Knockouts on “The Voice” brought a few surprises: unusual performances, unexpected choices. Some singers stepped up and made the most of their moments. Others fumbled. Coaches took chances, made idiosyncratic decisions, followed their instincts and veered in directions few probably predicted. If the taped shows are this lively, things ought to be pretty entertaining when we get to the live shows this season. 

Of course, there are still a few more Knockouts to go before we get there. Here’s what happened in Tuesday night’s matches: 

Taylor John Williams vs. Troy Richie (Team Gwen): Gwen Stefani said she paired these two cute young dudes because they were both in the “indie alternative lane,” but their performances made it seem like they were cruising in entirely different sorts of vehicles. Ritchie bounced and scooted his way through OutKast’s “Hey Ya” like he was an adorable, groovy Volkswagen Beetle. Williams crooned darkly through Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” like...

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'Sons of Anarchy: The Separation of Crows' recap: Blood spilled, blood wasted

“The Separation of Crows” ends in the exact same place “Greensleeves” did, with Jackson Teller looking at a box that contains a severed body part of a close friend, a bloody reminder of the ever-increasing cost of his mission to avenge Tara’s murder.

The plot hasn’t advanced much. The circumstances haven’t changed.

And yet, where I railed against last week’s episode for serving as a 60-minute holding pattern, “The Separation of Crows” succeeds where “Greensleeves” failed, despite effectively doing the same thing.

Because here, the cycle of pointlessness that is Jax’s life has an effect. Here, we watch our main man make move after move to try and save one of his closest friends and advisors, we watch him do something drastic to try and quash another perceived threat to the club, and what happens?

He ends up in the same damn place as before, screwed over not by the choices he made now, but the life he chose a long time ago.

“Sons of Anarchy” will always have too much going on from a plot...

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