TV This Week Nov. 3 - 9: 'American Masters' on PBS

TV This Week Nov. 3 - 9: 'American Masters' on PBS
Guitarist Jimi Hendrix is remembered on "American Masters." (Ken Davidoff / Authentic Hendrix)

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Friendly fire? A former detective puts forward an intriguing theory about the Kennedy assassination in the new special "JFK: The Smoking Gun." 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Reelz

Patti LaBelle, Queen Latifah and Venus Williams are among the honorees at "Black Girls Rock! 2013." Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King host. 7 p.m. BET

The London department store that parlayed the concept "The customer is always right" into the sound of "ka-ching" is front and center in "Secrets of Selfridges." 8 p.m. KOCE

"The Simpsons" says goodbye to a major character — but not Mrs. Krabappel, voiced by the dearly departed Marcia Wallace — in this new episode. 8 p.m. Fox

Contestants hitch a ride on the "Restaurant Express" with host Robert Irvine in this new culinary competition. 9 p.m. Food

The JFK assassination is also revisited on the premiere of the docu-series "America Declassified." 10 p.m. Travel


A plucky youngster who goes by the moniker "Steven Universe" is here to save the day in this new animated sci-fi/fantasy series. 8 p.m. Cartoon Network

"The Heat's" Melissa McCarthy is a big enough star that they really ought to rename her sitcom to "Molly & Mike." But nope, it's still "Mike & Molly" and it's back with new episodes. 9 p.m. CBS

Would you give up a kidney for cash or pay cash for a stranger's kidney? These are among the issues examined in the new exposé "Tales From the Organ Trade." 9 p.m. HBO


Remember Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.)? He was only in the pilot, so probably not, but now he's back on a new "New Girl." 9 p.m. Fox

Jimi Hendrix, the greatest rock guitarist of all time, period, end of discussion, is seen and heard in rare concert footage on a new "American Masters." Now excuse him while he kisses the sky. 9 p.m. KOCE

Mindy (Mindy Kaling) has a run-in with a hunky skateboarder ("Justified's" Timothy Olyphant) — or rather, he runs into her — on "The Mindy Project." 9:30 p.m. Fox


A man called "Possum": Alan Jackson and George Strait pay tribute to the late, great country crooner George Jones at "The 47th Annual CMA Awards." Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return as co-hosts. 8 p.m. ABC

Earthquakes! Car crashes! Hacking! "Nova" surveys what science can and can't do to protect us from such calamities in "Making Stuff Safer." 9 p.m. KOCE


No nukes? Experts and environmentalists who once thought so now make the case in favor of nuclear energy in the 2013 doc "Pandora's Promise." 6 and 9 p.m. CNN

Bill Nye the Science Guy may have been in over his head on "Dancing With the Stars," but he should right in his element with a guest spot on "The Big Bang Theory." 8 p.m. CBS

If at first you don't succeed in swimming from Cuba to Florida, try, try again. She finally did it, and her inspiring tale is told in "The Other Shore: The Diana Nyad Story." 8 p.m. Showtime

No touching! The cast of "Arrested Development" sits down with host James Lipton, a.k.a. Warden Gentles, on a new "Inside the Actors Studio." 8 p.m. Bravo

"Macklemore's Big Surprise" finds the "Thrift Shop" and "Same Love" rapper opening up about addiction and recovery in this new special. 10 p.m. E!


"Diary of a Wimpy Kid's" Zachary Gordon gets trapped in a time loop, a la Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day," in the new TV movie "Pete's Christmas." 8 p.m. Hallmark

The "Company" you keep: Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone, Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks and Jon Cryer share the stage for a production of Stephen Sondheim's classic musical on "Great Performances." 9 p.m. KOCE

The events of that fateful day in Dallas in 1963 are also recalled in eyewitness accounts in the docu-special "JFK: The Final Hours." 8 p.m. National Geographic

The late publishing magnate who brought you Omni magazine … and, um, Penthouse … is profiled in "Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story." 11 p.m. Epix


All dressed in white? Katrina Law stars in the new made-for-cable romantic fable "Snow Bride." With Patricia Richardson. 8 p.m. Hallmark

Appalachia's got talent: A young girl competes in a singing contest hosted by none other than Dolly Parton in "A Country Christmas Story." With Megyn Price and Brian McKnight. 8 p.m. Lifetime

Beatniks! Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley and Kristen Dunst star in the 2012 adaptation of Jack Kerouac's postwar classic "On the Road." 8 p.m. Showtime

The loveliest ladies in the galaxy — Venusians excepted — will vie for the title of "Miss Universe" when the pageant emanates from Moscow. Thomas Roberts and Mel B host. 9 p.m. NBC

"Food Network's 20th Birthday Party" celebrates two decades' worth of cooking shows, foodie travelogues and outsized personalities spouting catchphrases like "Bam!" and "Yum-o!" 9 p.m. Food