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.
“Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations “: Series Finale
Monday, November 5 at 9pm on the Travel Channel
“Kitchen Confidential” author Anthony Bourdain brings his culinary travel series to an end after seven years and nine seasons with an episode that brings him back to the city in which he was born and where he lives — New York. Bourdain will tour the borough of Brooklyn in the “No Reservations” series finale, paying visits to places like Primorski Restaurant in Brighton Beach, Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook and the boutique restaurant Blanca in Bushwick before heading to CNN to host his own weekend food and travel show in the new year.
Executive produced by filmmaker Michael Mann and documentarian David Frankham, HBO’s “Witness” series of four docs about photojournalists in conflict zones will air over four weeks, headed from Mexico to Libya (November 12th), South Sudan (November 19th) and Rio (November 26th). The first episode, which is a half hour long (the others are closer to an hour), follows Eros Hoagland around Ciudad Juárez, currently ranking as one of the most dangerous cities in the world due to violence surrounding the drug trade. Gorgeously shot, “Witness: Juarez” offers a look at what it means to document dangerous and tragic situations.
All of the major and news networks will be covering the election results, but we’d recommend Comedy Central as the channel on which to land, given that “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” will both be doing live shows that will air on the network, stream online at comedycentral.com and be simulcast on MTV’s Times Square JumboTron. Jon Stewart kicks things off at 11pm with “This Ends Now” with Stephen Colbert following him at 11:30pm with “A Nation Votes, Ohio Decides; The Re-Presidenting of America: Who Will Replace Obama? ‘012!”
Bravo attempts to prove that tech company employees are just as capable of acting like wretched, mesmerizing reality stars as affluent housewives and art world aspirants with this Randi Zuckerberg-executive produced unscripted series about six young entrepreneurs trying to make it in Silicon Valley. And this isn’t Bravo’s only foray into web-related reality fare — the network also launches “LOLwork,” which documents life in the offices of Ben Huh’s Cheezburger, Inc., on Wednesday, November 7th at 11pm.
“The Rolling Stones Charlie is My Darling – Ireland 1965”: Broadcast Premiere
Saturday, November 10 at 9pm on DirecTV’s Audience Network
Directed by Peter Whitehead, this first-ever documentary about the Rolling Stones was shot during the band’s weekend tour of Ireland shortly after “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” hit number one on the charts, and never received an official release. ABKCO Films restored the doc and recently released it in theaters after an unveiling at the New York Film Festival in September — DirecTV offers up the broadcast premiere of the film on its exclusive Audience Network, a rare look at the early days of a legendary rock group.
Also worth a look: The documentary “Solar Mamas” [pictured, right], an exporation of a college in India that teaches rural woman how to create sustainable communities, airs as part of PBS’ Independent Lens series on Monday, November 5th at 10pm; “Dave’s Old Porn,” in which stand-up Dave Attell does for ’70s and ’80s pornography what MST3K did with terrible movies, returns for its second season on Showtime on Thursday, November 8th at 11pm; Current hosts the TV premiere of Jim Breuer’s “More Than Me,” a doc about the comedian’s tour with his 84-year-old father, on Saturday, November 10th at 8pm ET/5pm PT.