TV highlights: ‘Almost Human’ premieres Sunday


ALMOST HUMAN: John Kennex (Karl Urban, L) and Dorian (Michael Ealy, R) partner to fight crime in the year 2048 in a new series from J.J. Abrams. (Liane Hentscher/FOX)
November 16, 2013

SERIES PREMIERE: Revitalized in killer style, “Orange County Choppers” (CMT at 9) follows Paul Teutul Sr. (“Senior”) and his team as they reach new extremes resulting in mind-blowing bikes and, of course, state-of-the-art drama.

Lady Gaga is the host and performer for “Saturday Night Live” (NBC at 11:30).

Sunday talk shows: “Platts Energy Week” (WUSA at 7:30 a.m.) interviews former energy secretary Spencer Abraham; “This Week in Defense News” (WUSA at 8) has Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter; “BioCentury This Week” (WUSA at 8:30) features Georgetown University’s Jack F. Hoadley; “Fox News Sunday” (Fox at 9) hosts GOP Senate candidate Liz Cheney and former Maryland lieutenant governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend; “White House Chronicle” (WETA at 9) has the Wilson Center’s Robert Daly and the Brookings Institution’s Jeffrey Bader; “State of the Union” (CNN at 9) features Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Government Matters” (WJLA at 9:30) hosts former Department of Homeland Security chief information officer Richard Spires; “This Week” (ABC at 10) features Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R); “Newsmakers” (C-SPAN at 10) talks to Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.); “Meet the Press” (NBC at 10:30) has Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.); “Face the Nation” (CBS at 10:30) talks to Luci Baines Johnson Turpin, who was a 16-year-old student at National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. when John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and former Dallas Morning News reporter Hugh Aynesworth.

SERIES PREMIERE: J.J. Abrams airs the first episode of his new series “Almost Human” (Fox at 8), a futuristic police drama about a cop forced to work with an android (but creepily human-like) partner to solve crime. Post TV critic Hank Stuever calls it “Another dull example of the manufacturing of sci-fi factory goods with the (increasingly devalued) J.J. Abrams label slapped on.”

— Rachel Lubitz

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