Critic’s Corner: Sunday, November 11

Discovery Channel


By Sarah Rodman

Breaking Magic

10 p.m., Discovery

This new, nine-part series goes behind the curtain on all of those abracadabras. Four stars of the magic world — (above, from left) Billy Kidd, Wayne Houchin, James Galea, and Ben Hanlin — will perform illusions for passersby (including turning a sliver bracelet into gold, and slowing the speed of a dropping cannonball), and then explore the scientific basis for the tricks. So, I guess, spoiler alert?

The Good Wife
9 p.m., Channel 4


Perhaps it’s because it shoots in New York or just because it’s so well-respected, but this CBS drama does a bang-up job of its guest casting. From casting Nathan Lane beautifully against type or employing such depen-dable names as Maura Tierney, Michael J. Fox, or Sunday’s guest, Christina Ricci, “The Good Wife” always gets it right. Tonight’s story concerns whether or not Peter has a tell-tale birthmark and if said identifier will derail his gubernatorial campaign.

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The Simpsons
8 p.m., Channel 25

One singular animation. Marvin Hamlisch in one of the final moves he made.

Family Guy

9 p.m., Channel 25

Two hundred thrilling combinations of jokes and raunch from you know who.

666 Park Avenue


10 p.m., Channel 5

One moment in his presence and you can forget (enjoying) the rest (of your life).