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Must See HDTV (November 12th - 18th)


While the fall TV premiere season may have cooled off (who's excited for the season premiere of Whitney? No one? Ok.) there's a slew of videogames and movies arriving for our home viewing pleasure. That includes several blockbuster titles, plus hits from the archives as varied as Lawrence of Arabia and Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure. Look below for the highlights this week, followed after the break by our weekly listing of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and videogames.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II
It's fall, there's a new Call of Duty game. Killstreaks, multiplayer, elite, etc. A new tweak this time around is the ability to live stream matches via Youtube and other platforms, but we suspect you've already decided whether or not this year's update is a must-buy for you. Joystiq's review should be live soon of course, if you need a final go-ahead.
($59.99 on Amazon)

Friends: the Complete Series
Fans of the series can finally get every single episode in high definition (it was recorded on film and has been airing in HD in syndication for a while, so you should have some idea of the quality) this week. The better news is that while Friends: The Complete Series carries a $300 MSRP, the actual price for all 296 episodes is down to $149 if you're willing to dive in.
($149.99 on Amazon)

Doctor Who: Series Seven, Part 1
While what could be* the final go-round of Matt Smith as the Doctor has not yet concluded, you can get the first half of the season on Blu-ray this week. Companions Amy and Rory are still along for the ride which includes encounters with (of course) the Daleks, and more. At five episodes, it may be worth holding off for the season to finish, but at least it's pretty cheap. (Update: Despite hinting at plans to leave the role, there is not yet confirmation about Matt Smith's Who plans past this season.)
($19.99 on Amazon)

Blu-ray & Games

  • Brave (3D)
  • Lawrence of Arabia (50th Anniversary Limited Collector's Edition)
  • Savages
  • Pixar Short Films Collection Vol. 2
  • The Watch
  • Friends: The Complete Series
  • Nitro Circus: The Movie (3D)
  • Empire of the Sun (25th Anniversary Edition)
  • 2 Days in New York
  • The Universe in 3D (3D)
  • Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
  • Doctor Who (S7, Part 1)
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (PS3, Xbox 360)
  • Wonderbook: Book of Spells (PS3)


  • Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States (series premiere), Showtime, 8PM
  • Chiefs/Steelers Monday Night Football, ESPN, 8:30PM
  • How I Met Your Mother, CBS, 8PM
  • Bones, Fox, 8PM
  • 90210, CW, 8PM
  • Dancing With The Stars, ABC, 8PM
  • WWE Raw, USA, 8PM
  • The Voice, NBC, 8PM
  • Partners, CBS, 8:30PM
  • Top Gear, BBC America, 8:30PM
  • 2 Broke Girls, CBS, 9PM
  • Witness, HBO, 9PM
  • The Mob Doctor, Fox, 9PM
  • American Chopper, Discovery, 9PM
  • Gossip Girl, CW, 9PM
  • Mike & Molly, CBS, 9:30PM
  • Castle, ABC, 10PM
  • Hawaii Five-0, CBS, 10PM
  • Revolution, NBC, 10PM
  • Fast n' Loud, Discovery, 10PM


  • Ohio/Ball State college football, ESPNU, 7PM
  • Toledo/Northern Illinois college football, ESPN2, 8PM
  • Michigan State/Kansas college basketball, ESPN / ESPN3D, 7PM
  • Hart of Dixie, CW, 8PM
  • Raising Hope, Fox, 8PM
  • NCIS, CBS, 8PM
  • Dancing With The Stars, ABC, 8PM
  • The Voice, NBC, 8PM
  • Ben & Kate, Fox, 8:30PM
  • New Girl, Fox, 9PM
  • Emily Owens M.D., CW, 9PM
  • NCIS: LA, CBS, 9PM
  • Mankind: The Story of All of Us (series premiere), History, 9PM
  • Happy Endings, ABC, 9PM
  • Go On, NBC, 9PM
  • Call Me Fitz, DirecTV, 9PM
  • Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23, ABC, 9:30PM
  • The New Normal, NBC, 9:30PM
  • The Mindy Project, Fox, 9:30PM
  • Private Practice, ABC, 10PM
  • Vegas, CBS, 10PM
  • Go On, NBC, 10PM
  • Tosh.0, Comedy Central, 10PM
  • Sons of Anarchy, FX, 10PM
  • Covert Affairs, USA, 10PM
  • Underemployed, MTV, 10PM
  • Brickleberry, Comedy Central, 10:30PM
  • The New Normal, NBC, 10:30PM
  • Flashpoint, Ion, 11PM


  • Whitney (season premiere), NBC, 8PM
  • Eddie Murphy: One Night Only (special presentation), Spike TV, 10PM
  • US/Russia Men's soccer, ESPN2, 10AM
  • Arrow, CW, 8PM
  • WWE Main Event, Ion, 8PM
  • Survivor, CBS, 8PM
  • The Middle, ABC, 8PM
  • The X Factor, Fox, 8PM
  • Grizzlies/Thunder, ESPN, 8PM
  • Guys With Kids, NBC, 8:30PM
  • The Neighbors, ABC, 8:30PM
  • Criminal Minds, CBS, 9PM
  • Law & Order: SVU, NBC, 9PM
  • Modern Family, ABC, 9PM
  • Inside the NFL, Showtime, 9PM
  • Supernatural, CW, 9PM
  • Suburgatory, ABC, 9:30PM
  • Chicago Fire, NBC, 10PM
  • Nashville, ABC, 10PM
  • American Horror Story, FX, 10PM
  • Inside NASCAR, Showtime, 10PM
  • NFL Turning Point, NBC Sports Network, 10PM
  • CSI, CBS, 10PM
  • Key & Peele, Comedy Central, 10:30PM
  • Heat/Clippers, ESPN, 10:30PM


  • Dolphins/Bills Thursday Night Football, NFL Network, 8PM
  • UNC/Virginia college football, ESPN, 7:30PM
  • Celtics/Nets, TNT, 8PM
  • Heat/Nuggets, TNT, 10:30PM
  • The X Factor, Fox, 8PM
  • 30 Rock, NBC, 8PM
  • Last Resort, ABC, 8PM
  • The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 8PM
  • The Vampire Diaries, CW, 8PM
  • Impact Wrestling, Spike TV, 8PM
  • Two And A Half Men, CBS, 8:30PM
  • Up All Night, NBC, 8:30PM
  • The Office, NBC, 9PM
  • Glee, Fox, 9PM
  • Grey's Anatomy, ABC, 9PM
  • Person of Interest, CBS, 9PM
  • Beauty and the Beast, CW, 9PM
  • Crossfire Hurricane, HBO, 9PM
  • Parks & Recreation, NBC, 9:30PM
  • Rock Center with Brian Williams, NBC, 10PM
  • Burn Notice, USA, 10PM
  • Elementary, CBS, 10PM
  • Scandal, ABC, 10PM
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, FX, 10PM
  • The League, FX, 10:30PM
  • Brand X with Russell Brand, FX, 11PM
  • Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, FX, 11:30PM
  • Children's Hospital (season finale), Cartoon Network, 11:59PM


  • We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Tribute to Whitney Houston, CBS, 10PM
  • Last Man Standing, ABC, 8PM
  • Malibu County, ABC, 8:30PM
  • Knicks/Grizzlies, ESPN, 9:30PM
  • WWE SmackDown, Syfy, 8PM
  • Fringe, Fox, 9PM
  • Grimm, NBC, 9PM
  • CSI:NY, CBS, 9PM
  • Shark Tank, ABC, 9PM
  • Haven, Syfy, 10PM
  • Hunted, Cinemax, 10PM
  • The Ultimate Fighter, FX, 10PM


  • Arsenal/Tottenham Hotspur soccer, ESPN2, 7:30AM
  • Iowa/Michigan college football, ESPN2 & ESPN 3D, 12PM
  • USC/UCLA college football, Fox, 3PM
  • Oklahoma/West Virginia college football, Fox, 6:30PM
  • Stanford/Oregon college football, ABC, 8PM
  • Kansas State/Baylor college football, ESPN, 8PM
  • UFC 154 prelims, FX, 8PM
  • Ghost Storm, Syfy, 9PM
  • UFC 154, PPV, 10PM
  • 24/7: Pacquiao/Marquez (season premiere), HBO, 11:15PM
  • Saturday Night Live: Jeremy Renner / Maroon 5, NBC 11:30PM


  • United States Grand Prix, Speed, 2PM
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series @ Homestead, ESPN, 2PM
  • Ravens/Steelers Sunday Night Football, NBC, 8:20PM
  • 60 Minutes, CBS, 7:30PM
  • The Cleveland Show, 7:30PM
  • The Amazing Race, CBS, 8:30PM
  • Mythbusters, Discovery, 8PM
  • The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards (special presentation), ABC, 8PM
  • The Simpsons, Fox, 8PM
  • Bob's Burgers, Fox, 8:30PM
  • The Walking Dead, AMC, 9PM
  • Family Guy, Fox, 9PM
  • Curiosity, Discovery, 9PM
  • Boardwalk Empire, HBO, 9PM
  • Dexter, Showtime, 9PM
  • The Good Wife, CBS, 9:30PM
  • American Dad, Fox, 9:30PM
  • Homeland, Showtime, 10PM
  • Treme, HBO, 10PM
  • The Mentalist, CBS, 10PM
  • Talking Dead, AMC, 11PM
  • Comic Book Men, AMC, 11:30PM

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