TV highlights: Esquire launches two new prime-time shows


David Blaine returns to television in a special showing celebrities, including Will Smith, left, reacting to his tricks. (Lana Eline)
November 18, 2013

The newest installment of “The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross” (PBS at 8 p.m.) chronicles the years from 1940 to 1968. Rosa Parks’s refusal in 1955 to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. are covered.

After the secretary of the Navy is bugged during a confidential briefing, Eleanor Bishop, a National Security Agency analyst who had predicted the security breach two years earlier, is brought in to work with the agents of “NCIS” (CBS at 8).

The group learns more about the curse after visiting an old bank on “Ravenswood” (ABC Family at 8). Caleb starts to believe that Miranda is in danger and then has to put Hanna’s mind at ease.

SERIES PREMIERE: “Risky Listing” (Esquire at 9) goes behind the velvet ropes and shows viewers the high-stakes world of real estate deals for clubs, discos and restaurants in Manhattan.

Magician David Blaine entertains a host of stars and newsmakers, including Will Smith and Olivia Wilde, on “David Blaine: Real or Magic” (ABC at 9:30) to get their reactions to his magic tricks. He then travels to Africa to explain how he learned one of his most recent moves.

A public relations fiasco strikes “The Mindy Project” (Fox at 9:30) after a patient whom Danny asks to write about the practice turns out to be a white supremacist. Then a PR guru is hired to give Danny media training, but the teacher shows a different kind of interest in him.

SERIES PREMIERE: In every episode of “White Collar Brawlers” (Esquire at 10), two male co-workers take their differences at the office to the boxing ring. As they prepare for the fight, they will discover that victory isn’t necessarily all found in the fight.

Actors Jennifer Lawrence and Jesse Tyler Ferguson join “The Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), with a musical performance from the Neighbourhood.

Former president George W. Bush and comedian Ty Barnett are on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC at 11:35), with musical guests Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite.

Actress Elizabeth Banks and TV host Larry King come to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), along with a musical performance from Daughtry.

— Rachel Lubitz

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