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TV: Five shows worth watching tonight: November 21

A select viewing guide for Wednesday November 21

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REALITY Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (TLC, 6 p.m.-midnight) The hottest stars on TV these days are a cute kid and her redneck parents. This freakishly popular series shines the reality spotlight on six-year-old Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, who was first introduced to viewers on the TLC series Toddlers & Tiaras. Alana’s breakout moment occurred several months back on a T&T episode that showed her swilling a mystery beverage (a Mountain Dew and Red Bull mixture as it turns out) with her mother’s tacit approval. TLC airs the entire first season in back-to-back episodes tonight, starting with the opener in which Honey Boo Boo and her hillbilly kinfolk head off to the Redneck Games to wrestle hogs and slide in the mud. It ain’t Masterpiece Theatre, but it’s still pretty entertaining.

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REALITY The Mistress (Slice, 8 p.m.) In less rustic reality programming, this new series stars the peculiar media oddity Sarah Symonds, who is renowned solely from her alleged affairs with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and the author Lord Jeffrey Archer, both married men, of course. In this format, the allegedly enlightened Symonds is an “adultery expert” off on bizarre rescue missions to help other women caught in the throes of extramarital affairs. Tonight’s first show introduces Megan, whose married lover keeps telling her that he’s going to leave his wife for her. In the second episode, a woman named Laura bemoans the fact that she’s been “the other woman” for 12 years! In both instances, Symonds teaches the ladies to wake up and smell the coffee.

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DRAMA Criminal Minds (CBS, 9 p.m.) Have you ever noticed how each new episode in this top-rated crime drama produces a scenario more horrific than the week before? Last week, for example, the stalwart members of the Behavioural Analysis Unit were busy investigating charred bodies turning up on a beach in Los Angeles. In tonight’s new episode, BAU boss David Rossi (Joe Mantegna) and his team roll into Washington, D.C., where an entire school bus of children has seemingly disappeared off the face of the earth. Veteran character player Reggie Hayes guest stars as a D.C. cop working the case.

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SCIENCE MythBusters (Discovery, 10 p.m.) Still going strong in its 10 th season, this series in which hirsute handymen Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman test popular urban myths and other tall tales via the scientific method continues to rank among the most-watched programs on the U.S. Discovery Channel. In tonight’s outing, the pair conduct an experiment to determine how many times a bullet can ricochet in a room. At the same time, the B unit of Kari, Grant and Tory test out the longstanding Hollywood myth that if you jump into the air while running away from an explosion, you an actually surf the shockwave.

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MOVIE Gone With the Wind (AMC, 8 p.m.; TCM, 10:15 p.m.) For anybody who hasn’t experienced this classic 1939 epic, tonight brings two options on different channels. Winner of 10 Oscars, including Best Picture, the story still holds up on every level. Based on the novel by Margaret Mitchell, the setting is the Deep South, circa 1860, and the story focuses on fiery Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh), who is furious when she learns her beloved beau Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) is going to wed the docile Melanie (Olivia de Havilland). Scarlett’s head is turned by the dashing Rhett Butler (Clark Gable), but she ends up marrying Melanie’s milquetoast brother Charles (Rand Brooks). Everything changes with the Civil War and the burning of Atlanta.

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