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5 Best Things to Watch on TV This Week: A Tech-Free Future and a New Doc From Jonathan Demme

5 Best Things to Watch on TV This Week: A Tech-Free Future and a New Doc From Jonathan Demme

Sure, Sunday seems to always be overcrowded with high-end TV (including “Boardwalk Empire,” “Hell on Wheels,” and the soon returning “Dexter,” “Homeland” and “Treme”), but what to watch the rest of the week? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days.

“Revolution”: Series Premiere
Monday, September 17th at 10pm on NBC

Produced by the always prolific J.J. Abrams and created by Eric Kripke (“Supernatural”), “Revolution” is the latest series to try and make a go of a post-apocalyptic world. The story goes that 15 years ago a mysterious event renders all technology useless, bringing the world back to a kind of feudal era in which archery and swords are commonplace. It’s an ambitious set-up, though the pilot (which NBC put up online early) suggests that the show’s got some work to do in terms of its characters, particularly bratty teenager Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos).

Don’t Divorce Me! Kids’ Rules For Parents On Divorce“: Broadcast Premiere
Thursday, September 20th at 6:30pm on HBO

Executive produced by Rosie O’Donnell, this 31-minute documentary special tries to explore the impact of divorce from a child’s eye view, enlisting young kids to talk about their experiences when their parents got divorced and to deliver pleas to the camera about things couples should keep in mind for the sake of their offspring as they split.

“Up All Night”: Season Premiere
Thursday, September 20th at 8:30pm on NBC

NBC’s unexpectedly charming comedy about Los Angeles parents Reagan (Christina Applegate), a producer on her best friend Ava’s (Maya Rudolph) talk show, and Chris (Will Arnett), her stay-at-home husband, returns for a new season that will explore the consequences of the news that Ava’s series has been cancelled. If we get a little teary-eyed over the thought of the now separated Arnett and Amy Poehler still sharing a broadcast night, pay us no mind.

Parks and Recreation”: Season Premiere
Thursday, September 20th at 9:30pm on NBC

Last season found Pawnee Parks Department stalwart Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) winning a place on the city council and promising some changes for the show. Season premiere “Ms. Knope Goes to Washington” finds Leslie and Andy (Chris Pratt) heading to D.C. to visit their significant others Ben (Adam Scott) and April (Aubrey Plaza) at their own new jobs. Barbara Boxer, John McCain and Olympia Snowe are all slated to guest star.

I’m Caroline Parker: The Good, The Mad and The Beautiful”: Broadcast Premiere
Thursday, September 20th at 10pm on PBS

Jonathan Demme set off to New Orleans to document the damage left by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and ended up instead following the story of civil-rights activist Carolyn Parker and her five-year crusade to rebuild her house, her church and her community. Demme’s documentary portrait of a vibrant personality unbowed by tragedy screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and airs on PBS as part of its POV series.

Also worth a look: Medicine meets the mafia in “The Mob Doctor,” the new Fox drma we’re really only keeping an eye on because the title is so matter-of-fact — it premieres Monday, September 17th at 9pm. And the Discover Channel takes an alcoholic-centric look at American history with “How Booze Built America,” premiering Wednesday, September 19th at 10pm.

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