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5 Best Things to Watch on TV This Week: BBC's Answer to 'Mad Men' and the Return of Dennis Duffy

Photo of Alison Willmore By Alison Willmore | Indiewire November 26, 2012 at 10:17AM

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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Dominic West in 'The Hour'
BBC America Dominic West in 'The Hour'

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.

"The Hour": Season Premiere
Wednesday, November 28 at 9pm on BBC America

"The Hour," BBC America's "Mad Men"-esque period drama, returns for a second six-episode season featuring Romola Garai, Dominic West and Ben Whishaw as employees at a television news show in 1957. Peter Capaldi ("The Thick of It") joins "The Hour" this season as the new head of news, as the team deals with the changing times and the shadow of the Cold War.

Nashville

"Nashville": "Lovesick Blues"
Wednesday, November 28 at 10pm on ABC

Secure in a full-season pickup, Callie Khouri's "Nashville" gets set to introduce Wyclef Jean for a multiple-episode arc in which the former Fugees member will play the head of a music label. This isn't Jean's first acting attempt on the small screen -- he spent a four-episode stint on "Third Watch" in 2005. This episode also promises to find Rayna (Connie Britton) and Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) singing a duet together despite their mutual dislike.

"Key and Peele": Season Finale
Wednesday, November 28 at 10:30pm on Comedy Central

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's very funny sketch comedy series (one that gave the world Obama's "anger translator") closes out its second season of smart, often race-centric laughs with bits on aliens and female anatomy and the last two men on Earth.

30 Rock

"30 Rock": "Mazel Tov, Dummies"
Thursday, November 29 at 8pm on NBC

Is Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) getting married? NBC sent out "save the date" emails suggesting that, yes, TV's favorite workaholic single lady may finally be tying the knot with boyfriend Criss (James Marsden) as the two work toward starting a family. As you might guess from the title, Dean Winters makes a guest appearance as Liz's ex Dennis Duffy.

"Next Stop For Charlie": Season Premiere
Friday, November 30 at 12:30am on Showtime

Another of the low-budget originals populating Showtime's late night slate, "Next Stop For Charlie" is the creation of brothers Neil and Michael Mandt, an improvised travel comedy starring Neil Mandt as the titular Charlie, a bathroom supplies salesman recruited by his rich aunt to track down his cousin Erik (Erik Adolphson), who's bumming around Europe with an unlimited credit card. According to the LA Times, the budget per episode of the first season was $15,000 -- this second season picks up with Charlie having spent the last six months in a Lebanese prison for a crime he didn't commit.

Totally Biased

Also worth a look: Jamie Babbit (of "But I'm a Cheerleader") directs this week's episode of "Emily Owens, M.D." on the CW on Tuesday, November 27th at 9pm; Whitney Cummings (the creator of both "2 Broke Girls" and "Whitney," in which she stars) continues her takeover of television with a new E! weekly talk show entitled "Love You, Mean It." premiering at 10:30pm on Wednesday, November 28th; the season finale of "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" airs on FX on Thursday, November 29th at 11pm; and Epix will broadcast Kevin Smith/Jason Mewes comedy special "Jay and Silent Bob Go Down Under" on Friday, November 30th at 10pm.

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