TV highlights for Nov. 4, 2009
Before he goes on Letterman tonight, catch Bill Cosby as he's honored on "Bill Cosby: The Mark Twain Prize 2009" (WETA and MPT at 8). Cosby's former cast mates Phylicia Rashad and Malcolm Jamal-Warner show up, along with Carl Reiner, Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld, and the ceremony has clips from classic Cosby shows.
Veronica contemplates telling her husband about her steamy affair with Sands on "Mercy" (NBC at 8), especially after more and more people start finding out about their "secret" relationship.
Christine's thrilled when her status starts to rise after her son is asked to a dance by the most popular girl in school on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" (CBS at 8).
Given that he's still getting used to being a full-time dad, "Hank" (ABC at 8) is none too happy when his mother-in-law makes plans to drop by the first Pryor family Thanksgiving dinner in the suburbs.
Phil becomes desperate to find his son's hidden talent when the whole family gushes over Manny's newfound interest in fencing on "Modern Family" (ABC at 9).
On TBS, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" (at 9, 9:30) and "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns" (at 10, 10:30) premiere with new episodes.
After Jules accepts a date with an old guy just to have plans for an evening on "Cougar Town" (ABC at 9:30), Grayson makes a bet that she can't spend a whole day by herself.
Hour-long special "Strange Sex" (Discovery Health at 10) investigates some of the oddest sexual conditions out there, from sexomnia (sex while sleeping), sex allergy (exactly what it sounds like) and persistent genital arousal disorder (described as a physician as "Tourette's syndrome of the genitals").
Twelve-part documentary series "Flowers Uncut With Jeff Leatham" (TLC at 10, 10:30) debuts as floral designer Jeff Leatham leaves Paris to build his flower business in New York, and prepares for an enormous wedding at the Waldorf Astoria.
"The Jay Leno Show" (NBC at 10) hosts former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager, and her mom, Laura Bush, answers 10 questions.
Actress Amy Poehler is on "The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien" (NBC at 11:35), along with basketball Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, and rock band the Bravery.
"Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS at 11:35) hosts comedian Bill Cosby and musical guest Ryan Bingham.
-- Emily Yahr