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Around the remote: Chuck Barney’s picks for Nov. 1-7

Chuck Barney Tribune News Service

Don’t miss

“Mom”: The Season 3 opener of this hilariously irreverent sitcom tears open some old wounds for Bonnie (Emmy winner Allison Janney), who gets an unexpected visit from her estranged birth mother (Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn). It turns out that mommy dearest, who gave Bonnie up when she was 4, wants to reconnect, and she’s been lugging lots of emotional baggage around all these years. At least Christy (Anna Faris) is eager to meet her. 9 p.m. Thursday, CBS.

Other bets

SUNDAY: As Season 2 of “The Librarians” kicks off, Eve (Rebecca Romijn) and the gang reunite to investigate a mysterious and massive storm plaguing Manhattan. The culprit? Prospero, from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” 8 p.m., TNT.

SUNDAY: Last week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” saddened and angered a lot of fans when a key character appeared to be devoured by zombies. But did he really die? Maybe we will get more intel this week. 9 p.m., AMC.

MONDAY: Let’s hope that watching “The Leisure Class” is a lot more fun than watching it being birthed by obstinate newbie director Jason Mann on “Project Greenlight.” The film stars Ed Weeks as a dashing British con man scheming to marry into a wealthy family. 10 p.m., HBO.

MONDAY: Season 2 of the spy thriller “Legends” shifts to London, where Martin Odum (Sean Bean) is hiding out and searching for clues to his true identity. Elsewhere, a Russian gangster is investigated. 10 p.m., TNT.

TUESDAY: On “The Flash,” Barry (Grant Gustin) learns that a new breacher, Dr. Light, has come through the portal, and he sets off to capture her. However, during a fight, she blinds him and drops some shocking news about Zoom. 8 p.m., The CW.

WEDNESDAY: It’s the biggest night in country music as Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood team up once again to host the 49th annual CMA Awards. Performers include Hank Williams Jr., Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett and more. 8 p.m., ABC.

WEDNESDAY: “Nova” takes viewers on an epic 18-state road trip for the three-part series “Making North America.” Along the way, host Kirk Johnson explains how our magnificent continent came to be. 9 p.m., PBS.

THURSDAY: Season 4 of “Elementary” finds Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller) under increased scrutiny, thanks to his recent relapse. Arriving to check up on him is his estranged father, Morland (John Noble). Don’t expect a joyful reunion. 10 p.m., CBS.

FRIDAY: Fire up the oven. Season 4 of “MasterChef Junior” kicks off with 24 new kiddie contestants and one new judge in pastry chef Christina Tosi. 8 p.m., Fox.

SATURDAY: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will crack some jokes and be the butt of others as he hosts “Saturday Night Live.” The gig has stirred up plenty of advance controversy among protesters who have urged the network to dump Trump. 11:35 p.m., NBC.

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