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Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Monday, November 19. All times are Eastern.


Top pick

The Little Drummer Girl (AMC, 9 p.m.): We don’t think we’ll have to sell you particularly hard on this one. Florence Pugh. Alexander Skarsgård. Michael Shannon. Park Chan-wook. John Le Carré. The executive producers behind The Night Manager. Spies. The ’70s. Flared pants. Long hair. Sex! Lies! Not videotapes, but recordings of some kind! Intrigue! So much intrigue!


This six-part miniseries airs its first two parts tonight, and we have prepared piles of snacks that we can stress-eat as we watch. Vikram Murthi will move off of the pins and needles he’s on in order to guide us through those two tense hours.

Regular coverage

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow (The CW, 9 p.m.)
My Brilliant Friend (HBO, 9 p.m.)

Wild card

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: The Mark Twain Prize (PBS, 9 p.m.): Perhaps you’ve heard of Miss J.L.D., one of the best comedic actors of this or any generation? Well, in addition to catching Emmys like they’re Pokémon and conquering cancer, she’s also the recipient of this year’s Mark Twain Prize. Congrats to this national treasure, who’ll be honored by Stephen Colbert, Bryan Cranston, Tina Fey, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Kumail Nanjiani, Jerry Seinfeld, and other somewhat talented humans.


Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves television, bourbon, and dramatically overanalyzing social interactions.

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