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Around the remote: Television picks for Nov. 16-22

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By Chuck Barney

Contra Costa Times

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DON’T MISS: “How to Get Away With Murder” — Fall’s most tantalizing new drama finally gets to the heart of its central mystery by showing us who killed psychology professor Sam Keating (Tom Verica). This week’s intense winter finale — ominously titled “Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me” — dwells almost exclusively on the night of the bonfire, when Annalise’s (Viola Davis) cheating husband met his bloody demise. Unfortunately, it’s the last new episode of “Murder” this year.

10 p.m. Thursday, ABC.

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SUNDAY: Well, you knew it had to happen: On “The Good Wife,” Alicia is encouraged to go negative in her campaign for state’s attorney. Let the mudslinging begin.

9 p.m., CBS.

SUNDAY: On “Family Guy,” Peter’s idiotic ways continue when he gets so hammered that he and Brian wolf down the entire Thanksgiving turkey — a day before the holiday. 9 p.m., Fox.

MONDAY: “Banksy Does New York” is a colorful documentary that chronicles the British street artist’s surreptitious stay in the Big Apple in October 2013. He spent a month creating a new piece of public art each day. 9 p.m., HBO.

MONDAY: Did you miss Katherine Heigl? The former “Grey’s Anatomy” star returns to prime time in the new drama “State of Affairs.” She plays a CIA agent who assesses national security threats for the president (Alfre Woodard). 10 p.m., NBC.

TUESDAY: “Cold War Roadshow” is the latest film under the “American Experience” umbrella. It recalls how Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev made a 12-day tour of the U.S. in 1959, creating a media circus along the way.

9 p.m., PBS.

WEDNESDAY: It’s Thanksgiving on “The Middle,” and the Hecks — along with some guests — decide to go to the Kings Feast Buffet for dinner. That can mean only one thing: disaster. 8 p.m., ABC.

WEDNESDAY: On “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” they’re not going to take it anymore. Tired of Dell’s abusive behavior, the carnival women unite to stand up to the so-called strong man (Michael Chiklis).

10 p.m., FX.

THURSDAY: The bad news? “Scandal” goes on hiatus after tonight’s winter finale. The good news? Khandi Alexander reprises her role as Olivia’s very bad mother. 9 p.m., ABC.

THURSDAY: We’re trying to savor every last drop of the remarkable final season of “Parenthood.” Tonight, an open house at Chambers Academy is marred by tension between Dylan and Max. 10 p.m., NBC.

FRIDAY: Just in time for Thanksgiving comes “Eat: The Story of Food.” It’s an informative and absorbing three-night program that presents the whole enchilada of food history, science and culture while showing exactly why we are what we eat. 9 p.m., National Geographic Channel.

SATURDAY: Cameron Diaz will try to bring the funny in her first “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig since 2005. Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson team up as musical guests. 11:30 p.m., NBC.

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Around the remote: Television picks for Nov. 16-22