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Doctor Who Humanity wakes up one morning to a massive forest has grown overnight, reclaiming the entire Earth in this new episode of the science? fiction series starring Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. 9 p.m. BBC America

Transporter: The Series In the first of two new episodes, Frank (Chris Vance) is in Toronto, hired to break into a high-security bank vault, 9 p.m. TNT. Then, at 10, Frank races against two other couriers to transport a million euros from Paris to Marseille.

The Graham Norton Show Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. ("The Judge") and Stephen Fry are guests in this new episode. U2 performs. 10 p.m. BBC America

The Chair As both films enter the final days of production, Shane shaves his head and Anna fights for her directing style. 10 p.m. Starz

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TV Picks: 'Brakeless,' 'Mr. Dynamite,' 'Death Comes to 'Pemberley'

"Brakeless" (PBS, Monday). Kiyoko Miyake's oddly beautiful, philosophical documentary about the 2005 crash of a commuter train: Traveling too fast into a curve as the driver tried to stay on a schedule reckoned in seconds, the train derailed and ran into the side of an apartment building; 107 people died. A mix of historical reportage, social criticism and personal struggle -- Miyake sits with the survivors and the bereaved -- it is also a film full of soft light and pastel colors, with almost whimsical animations and graphics, as if to say at once that everything is all right and everything is all wrong. It's on the one hand a portrait of a society ruled by speed, garroted by contracting timetables, organized by bullying from above and fear from below; but it's also a picture of people who choose to live outside that system, to criticize "the Japanese disease," as the Japanese call it. Indeed, one of the things "Brakeless" teaches, as we can never be taught too much, is that we know...

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Live chat with 'Parenthood's' Sam Jaeger and Erika Christensen on Monday

It's the marriage one would hope would stay intact for the sake of the children -- or, at least, for the sake of TV viewers.

Fans of NBC's "Parenthood" have watched, tissues in hand, as the marriage between Joel (Sam Jaeger) and Julia (Erika Christensen) has broken down.

There was the whole Joel going back to work, while Julia lost her job role reversal. The Ed issue. Joel moving out. Their kids, particularly Sydney, acted out. Now, Julia is seeing her old college flame pretty seriously. And in Thursday's episode, Joel -- while achingly eating pizza -- was finally confronted with the fact that this might not be a marriage saved by separation.

So we're going to serve as their marriage counselor.

Jaeger and Christensen will stop by The Times on Monday at noon PDT for a live video chat to discuss the turn their characters have taken this season, and their thoughts on how fans are taking it -- so please share your thoughts/questions with us by dropping us a comment or tweeting us with the...

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Conan O'Brien ignites Twitter war with Madeleine Albright

War has broken out on Twitter between two powerful factions and it seems that only some real diplomacy and statecraft can save the day.

In one corner there's late night host Conan O'Brien. In the other, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. How did this come to pass?

Well, O'Brien started it.

On Thursday, O'Brien tweeted, "I picked out my Halloween costume. I'm going as 'Slutty Madeleine Albright.'"

What would have otherwise been a passing joke got serious later in the day when Albright surprisingly responded with, "I'm considering going as hunky Conan O'Brien -- but that might be too far fetched."

O'Brien seemed thrilled at first, responding, "YES -- My first twitter war with a former Secretary of State! You're next, George P. Shultz!"

Shultz was Secretary of State under President Reagan from 1982 to 1989.

But Albright tempered O'Brien's enthusiasm with this warning, "Never get into a word war with a diplomat. We talk even more than comedians."

O'Brien finally seemed to put a...

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TLC cancels 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'

There goes Honey Boo Boo.

In the wake of a scandal involving family matriarch "Mama June" Shannon reportedly dating convicted child molester Mark Anthony McDaniel, TLC has immediately canceled the hit reality series "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."

In a statement, a TLC spokeswoman said, "TLC has cancelled the series 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately. Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children's ongoing comfort and well-being."

Reports of Shannon's new boyfriend first appeared on TMZ on Thursday. McDaniel, 53, was released from prison earlier this year after serving nearly 10 years for aggravated child molestation. According to the report, he had forced oral sex on an 8-year-old child, one of Shannon's relatives.

One of Shannon's daughters, Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon, denied the report to Radar Online and said McDaniel and Shannon haven't seen each...

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AMC Networks pays $200 million in deal to operate BBC America

AMC Networks has completed a deal to acquire a 49.9% equity stake in BBC Worldwide's BBC America cable channel for $200 million.

 The deal forges a relationship between the cable network company, which boasts such shows as "The Walking Dead" and "Rectify," and the cable outlet that is home to such shows as "Doctor Who" and "Orphan Black."

As part of the joint venture, which was announced Thursday after months of talks, New York-based AMC will take over operational control. It will handle affiliate and advertising sales and manage the channel "consistent with BBC's editorial standards and policies."

AMC chief Josh Sapan told The Times on Thursday that it was a logical move for the two parties.

"We really have for a long time appreciated the effect and success of BBC America and what they've done from a content point of view. Their work speaks for itself. We share an editorial vision. And joining forces improves and increases all of that."

BBC America is currently available in...

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