TV This Week
How to solve “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” when its venerable Victorian-era author died before he could finish it? “Masterpiece Classic” tries to bring Charles Dickens’ dark tale of obsession to a satisfactory conclusion in a new adaptation. (KOCE, 9 p.m.)
She made “Tiny Furniture” – the 2010 art-house hit, not things you might find at a mini-Ikea. Now, Lena Dunham, below, is giving the small screen a go as creator and star of “Girls,” a new dramedy about twentysomethings in the Big Apple. (HBO, 10:30 p.m.)
Real-life movie star Uma Thurman continues her guest stint as a fictional movie star on “Smash.” Perhaps that’s reason enough to keep watching this tune-filled Broadway-set drama that has lately gotten a bit too “Glee"-ful for its own good. (NBC, 10 p.m.)
Despite what you see on those procedural shows, actual forensics work isn’t all car chases and busting down doors armed with a gun, a quip and a cool set of shades. “Frontline” separates fact from TV fiction with “The Real CSI.” (KOCE, 10 p.m.)
This land is your land: “Nature” surveys the largest protected wilderness in the Lower 48 (hint: It’s not Yellowstone) and the new series “Park Secrets” takes a fresh look at some of our nation’s most popular national parks. (KOCE, 8 p.m.; Travel, 8 p.m.)
Can she talk? Yes, yes, she can. Willing to dish the dirt? Indubitably. Surgically enhanced? Unashamedly. She’s Joan R– oops, scratch that. She’s Kathy Griffin, “D-list” comedian and host of the new weekly chat show
“Kathy.” (Bravo, 10 p.m.)
Country gals: After the return of “The Singing Bee,” hosted by Melissa Peterman, a former “Beverly Hills, 90210" lovely gets the heck out of Dodge — er, Los Angeles — in the new reality series “Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country.” (CMT, 8 and 9 p.m.)
Not many filmmakers can take you from the Big Bang to 1950s Texas and beyond in a single movie … but not many filmmakers are Terrence Malick. The reclusive director performs said feat in his visually stunning 2011 meditation “The Tree of Life.” With Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain, below. (Cinemax, 10 p.m.)
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