“Luther” (7 p.m., BBC America). Luther is framed for murder in the season finale. I need to have a mini-marathon to catch up, I’ve missed the past couple of weeks. I liked the first few episodes though, it’s a good, intense cop drama.
“The Amazing Race” (8 p.m., CBS). The teams land in Bangladesh, where they face the onset of killer fatigue and a double U-Turn.
“Brew Masters” (10 p.m., Discovery). Series premiere. A new “No Reservations”-type docu-reality show that follows Delaware brewmaster Sam Calagione (owner of Dogfish Head brewery) as he explores ingredients and inspirations around the world and sheds light into how he runs his operation. Sounds pretty interesting. Pop open your favorite microbrewed IPA and check it out.
“Lennon Naked” (9 p.m., PBS). A biopic of John Lennon, from moptop kid to rock icon. Not my thing, but some people will eat it up, I’m sure. (And those people are called Baby Boomers.)
“Next Iron Chef” (9 p.m., Food Network). A new Iron Chef is crowned after a Thanksgiving-themed showdown.
“Boardwalk Empire” (9 p.m., HBO). Ehh, I’ve kinda given up on this. It’s so slow, and other than Nucky and Omar (OK, sorry, Chalky), the characters just don’t grab me. Anyway, tonight Nucky’s feud with Arnold Rothstein heats up.
“The Walking Dead” (10 p.m., AMC). Thanks to the timing of my vacation, I still haven’t had the chance to see this yet. But it’s supposed to be hella good. I’ll catch up with a marathon later in the week. Tonight, Rick may have to abandon his trip back to zombie-infested Atlanta.
“Top Gear” (10 p.m., History). Series premiere. The long awaited (and long dreaded) American version of the brilliant British car show debuts. Some (OK, me) moaned, how could it possibly compare? The only question seemed to be how much it would suck. But the early reviews are in, and guess what? It doesn’t sound nearly as bad as one might have feared. It closely patterns itself after the original, with a rapid-fire lineup of stunts, lingering camera shots and irreverent humor, and the hosts — comedian Adam Ferrara, stunt driver Tanner Foust and NASCAR broadcaster Rutledge Wood — seem capable, if not quite as personable as their British counterparts. Sounds like a decent start. Tonight features a Dodge Viper racing a Cobra attack helicopter and Buzz Aldrin in the adaptation of “Star in a Reasonably Price Car.” And yes, there’s even an American Stig. Keep your expectations in check, because there’s simply no way it’ll be as good as the UK version, but it sounds entertaining enough.
Games of the day
Raiders vs. Steelers (10 a.m., CBS). The Raiders with a winning record midway through the season? What planet are we on? Wow, this could actually be a pretty good game.
49ers vs. Buccaneers (1 p.m., Fox). The 49ers running an entertaining offense? What planet are we on? Geez, maybe it’s time for me to start paying attention to football again.
NY Giants vs. Eagles (5 p.m., NBC). Michael Vick Michael Vick Michael Vick Michael Vick Michael Vick Michael Vick.
“Sarah Palin’s Alaska” (9 p.m., TLC). Ha! No.