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5 Best Bets on TV This Week: 'Black Mirror' and 'The Returned' Come to an End

Photo of Alison Willmore By Alison Willmore | Indiewire December 16, 2013 at 8:28AM

"The Returned," "Black Mirror" and "Comedy Bang! Bang!" close out their seasons this week.
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'Playwright: From Page to Stage'
PBS 'Playwright: From Page to Stage'

Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week.

"Independent Lens": "Playwright: From Page to Stage"
Monday, December 16th at 10pm on PBS

This documentary from director Robert Levi ("America on Stage") follows two playwrights as they develop plays from workshopping to performance. Rajiv Joseph is an Indian American from Cleveland who spent three years in the Peace Corps in Africa, while Tarell McCraney is black, gay and grew up below the poverty line in inner city Miami. Joseph's play "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" eventually reaches Broadway with Robin Williams in the lead role.

'White Bear'
'White Bear'

"Black Mirror": Series Finale
Tuesday, December 17th at 9pm on DirecTV's Audience Network

The final installment of Charlie Brooker's brilliant anthology of techno-allegorical tales closes with "White Bear" (which in the UK was the penultimate story), another genuinely surprising installment that at first seems a more traditional post-apocalyptic tale. It isn't -- it's something far more alarming.

"Real Husbands of Hollywood": Season Finale
Tuesday, December 17th at 10pm on BET

Kevin Hart's witty reality show/showbiz satire wraps up its second season with two new episodes. In "The Bump Stops Here," there's a baby bump scandal and a possible Oscar hosting gig, while "The Harter They Fall" finds Kevin facing the fallout and figuring out whether his friends are bringing him down.

The French television show "The Returned."
The French television show "The Returned."

"The Returned": Season Finale
Thursday, December 19th at 9pm on Sundance Channel

Sundance Channel's French supernatural drama closes its first season with a haunting finale in which the forces of the living and the revenants gather and the latter seem to have grasped their purpose. A second season is coming from Canal+ next year -- here's hoping it also makes its way to the U.S.

"The Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun - Return to Hyde Park"
Friday, December 20th at 9pm on Showtime

44 years after The Rolling Stones' legendary free concert in Hyde Park, London, the band returned for a show chronicled in this doc spanning their half century of greatest hits -- "Gimme Shelter," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and more. Former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor makes a special appearance.

Also worth a look: Frank Darabont's stylized noir story "Mob City" comes to an end on TNT on Wednesday, December 18th at 10pm; Zach Galifianakis returns to "Comedy Bang! Bang! wearing a Santa suit in its second season finale on IFC on Friday, December 20th at 10pm.

This article is related to: Television, TV Features, The Returned, SundanceTV, Independent Lens, Real Husbands of Hollywood, BET, Black Mirror, DirecTV






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