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5 Best Things to Watch on TV This Week: Ole Miss, Monty Python and The First Openly Gay Bishop

Photo of Alison Willmore By Alison Willmore | Indiewire October 29, 2012 at 10:23AM

Sure, Sunday is incredibly overcrowded with high-end TV, including "Homeland," "The Walking Dead," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Good Wife," "Treme" and "Dexter," 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.
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PBS 'Love Free or Die'

Sure, Sunday is incredibly overcrowded with high-end TV, including "Homeland," "The Walking Dead," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Good Wife," "Treme" and "Dexter," 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.

"Love Free or Die": Broadcast Premiere
Monday, October 29 at 10pm on PBS

The 2012-2013 season of PBS documentary series Independent Lens officially kicks off tonight with "Love Free or Die," a film from Macky Alston ("Hard Road Home") that won a special jury prize at Sundance earlier this year. The film centers on Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay man to be consecrated in any Christian denomination -- a fact that has caused division in the church and threats against Robinson's life.

"The Mortified Sessions": Tig Notaro
Monday, October 29 at 10pm on the Sundance Channel

The very talented comedian Tig Notaro has been getting a lot of attention lately following a live set she did at Largo in August in which she revealed to the crowd that she'd recently been diagnosed with Stage 2 cancer, news that came following her mother dying, her girlfriend breaking up with her and serious bouts with pneumonia and an intestinal disease. Sundance Channel's storytelling series "The Mortified Sessions" catches up with Notaro (as well as "Parenthood" star Jason Ritter) to hear about her childhood this week.

"Ghosts of Ole Miss": Broadcast Premiere
Tuesday, October 30 at 8pm ET/5pm PT on ESPN

ESPN's own documentary series 30 for 30 continues with this film from Fritz Mitchell ("The Legend of Jimmy the Greek") about the University of Mississippi in 1962, the year that James Meredith, under protection of the federal government, walked onto campus and integrated the school, and that the Ole Miss football team had its only perfect season in school history.

"Parks and Recreation": "Ben's Parents"
Thursday, November 1 at 9:30pm on NBC

After last week's surprising (and terribly sweet) proposal, Leslie (Amy Poehler) gets to meet Ben's (Adam Scott) family -- as do we in the audience. Whlle we're certainly looking forward to seeing Mike Ehrmantraut himself, Jonathan Banks, back on the small screen as Ben's divorced dad Steve (Glenne Headly will play Ben's mother Julie), it's the return of Ben Schwartz as Jean-Ralphio that we're really happy about.

"A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman": Broadcast Premiere
Friday, November 2 at 10pm on Epix

This animated 3D film brings the greatly fabricated memoirs of late Monty Python member Graham Chapman to life via a collage of styles from different studios. The film, which premiered at Toronto in September, features audio recordings of Chapman and brings together fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones to tell what Jones describes as "all a downright, absolute, blackguardly lie."

Also worth a look: A father whose son has dyslexia chronicles the ways in which the syndrome needn't keep a child down in doc "The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia," premiering on HBO Monday, October 29th at 7pm; Showtime is slipping the premiere of comedy series "Reality Show," created by and starring Adam Rifkin as a disgraced TV producer who decides to make an unaware family the subject of his new show, in on Thursday, November 1st at 11:30pm; and Louis C.K. is hosting "Saturday Night Live" this week in what could be great or awkward but either way is sure to be interesting, on Saturday, November 3rd at 11:30pm.

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