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The hills are alive with Martians and asteroids in Mob City? Must-sees for the week of Dec. 1

- November 29th, 2013

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Bill Harris’ TV must-sees for the week of Dec. 1

1 The Sound of Music Live!
As the title suggests, this is a live telecast based on the stage version of the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Carrie Underwood (Maria) and Stephen Moyer (Captain von Trapp) star.
When: Thursday on NBC, City

2 Return to Downton Abbey
Host Susan Sarandon looks back at the first three years of this lush early 20th century-set drama, and also looks ahead to the fourth season, which makes its North American debut on Jan. 5, 2014.
When: Sunday on PBS

3 Futurama
Haven’t we been through this before? These guys have more series finales than the Who have farewell tours. Anyway, in what purports to be the REAL series finale, Fry asks Leela to marry him.
When: Thursday on Teletoon

4 Mob City
Based on a true story, this series follows the decade-long battle in 1940s Los Angeles between the mob and the police. Jon Bernthal, Ed Burns, Milo Ventimiglia, Robert Knepper and Neal McDonough star.
When: Wednesday on Bravo

5 Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans
Patrick Dempsey the actor bluntly has voiced his complete and utter boredom with his continuing role as “McDreamy” on Grey’s Anatomy. That just pays the bills. Car racing apparently is his real love.
When: Sunday on Discovery World

6 Mission Asteroid
Airing as part of the Doc Zone series, this examines what would happen if the Earth were pummeled by asteroids, as the threat of such a thing actually appears to be increasing.
When: Thursday on CBC

7 Christmas in Conway
Andy Garcia and Mary-Louise Parker star in this made-for-TV movie about a man who wants to build a ferris wheel in his backyard as a romantic gesture. Um, do the town bylaws enforcers know about this?
When: Sunday on ABC

8 Treme
The fourth and final season of this New Orleans-set series, which follows people trying to rebuild their lives post-Hurricane Katrina, begins in November 2008 as residents celebrate Barack Obama’s election.
When: Sunday on HBO Canada

9 The Great Martian War
Okay, I know it sounds confusing. But this is a Canadian film that re-imagines the years 1913-1917 with humankind fighting a war against extraterrestrial invaders. And you thought the Kaiser was tough.
When: Thursday on History

10 Once Upon a Time
Regina (Lana Parrilla) decides to adopt a baby. I would hope that a mere Google search by adoption authorities would turn up the term “Evil Queen.”
When: Sunday on ABC, CTV

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