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'Incorporated,' Leah Remini's Scientology doc, 'Vikings' and 'Dolly Parton's Christmas' top this week's TV must-sees

By Bill Harris, Special to Postmedia Network

Incorporated

Incorporated

Bill Harris' TV must-sees for the week of Nov. 27:

1. Incorporated

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This is set in a “near future” where corporations have unlimited power. In other words, a few months into the Trump presidency. Ben Larson, played by Sean Teale, is a young executive who conceals his true identity to survive as a company man. Also starring Allison Miller, Dennis Haysbert and Julia Ormond.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 30 on Showcase (Syfy in the U.S.)

2. Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

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There already has been a war of words over this docu-series. The Church of Scientology says Remini, an ex-Scientologist, is a has-been actress who needs to quit “exploiting” her former religion. Remini says she'll stop talking about the Church when it stops “f------ with people's lives.” No compromises here.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 29 on A&E

3. Vikings

Return

What constitutes a “season” has been expanded for this successful show, so technically this is the latter half of Season 4. Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) devises a plan to return to Wessex, but he discovers that even his closest allies may have different plans. New episode will be preceded by a recap special.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 30 on History

4. Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love

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Following a highly rated special last year, this is the second chapter in the life of young Dolly Parton. As severe winter weather in Tennessee threatens the struggling Parton family, Dolly (Alyvia Alyn Lind) starts to turn heads with her musical gifts. The real Dolly Parton makes a guest appearance, too.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 30 on NBC

5. Bob's Burgers

Christmas episode

Only three days after U.S. Thanksgiving, the Christmas season is upon us, at least when it comes to animated sitcom plots. Bob (voice of H. Jon Benjamin) gets roped into competing in a secret gingerbread house-building contest. A gingerbread house-EATING contest is more my kind of thing.

When: Sunday, Nov. 27 on Fox, City

6. Enlighten Us: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray

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This doc examines motivational speaker James Arthur Ray, who gained fame through appearances on Oprah and reached the top of the $11-billion “personal development” industry. But three clients under Ray's care died at one of his events, and he was convicted of felony negligent homicide.

When: Thursday, Dec. 1 on CNN

7. CMA Country Christmas

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Jennifer Nettles hosts this holiday special in which country music stars get into the Christmas spirit by performing holiday songs. Um, don't country music stars kind of do that all year long? It sure seems that way. Regardless, this was taped in front of a live audience in Nashville a few weeks ago.

When: Monday, Nov. 28 on ABC

8. Unstoppable: The Fentanyl Epidemic

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More than 2,000 Canadians have died in the past five years from fentanyl-related overdoses. Many users believe they're buying heroin or OxyContin, but fentanyl actually can be even more dangerous. Airing as part of the Firsthand series, this doc reveals a dangerous tipping point in the synthetic-drug trade.

When: Thursday, Dec. 1 on CBC

9. Christmas in Rockefeller Center

Live

Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Hoda Kotb host the 84th annual tree-lighting ceremony in New York. Performers include Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan, the afore-mentioned Dolly Parton and the Radio City Rockettes. Will Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy show up?

When: Wednesday, Nov. 30 on NBC

10. The Great American Baking Show

Season-2 debut

Based on the U.K. series the Great British Bake Off, this formerly was known as the Great Holiday Baking Show when it aired last year. Pick a name, huh? All you need to know is, it's hosted by Winnipeg native Nia Vardalos and her husband Ian Gomez, and it has something to do with baked goods. Let the cookies cool.

When: Thursday, Dec. 1 on ABC

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