The Week’s guide to what’s worth watching

The best programs on TV this week

Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin’

In the pantheon of guitar gods, James Marshall Hendrix is Zeus. In just a few short years, beginning with the 1967 album Are You Experienced?, Hendrix radically altered rock’s sonic landscape. This American Masters documentary retells the Hendrix story, from his Seattle childhood to his accidental death at 27, making the most of old letters, classic recordings, new interviews with ex-bandmates, and previously unseen footage from 1968’s Miami Pop Festival. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings

The Greatest Event in Television History

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Funnyman Adam Scott has already twice made “television history.” In June, he and his Parks and Recreation co-star Amy Poehler collaborated on a shot-for-shot remake of the intro to the 1980s series Hart to Hart. Previously, Jon Hamm had helped re-create the opening to Simon & Simon. Internet sleuths predict that this third “greatest event” will honor Too Close for Comfort. Thursday, Nov. 7, at midnight, Adult Swim

Guinness World Records Unleashed

Who hasn’t flipped through a copy of the Guinness Book of World Records and wished to have witnessed a certain benchmark being set? This series will afford plenty of such chances, as Guinness officials oversee attempts by ordinary folks to break all manner of records, from fastest talker to “highest dunk of a doughnut by a bungee jumper.” Thursday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m., truTV

Stephen Sondheim’s ‘Company’ with the New York Philharmonic

Talk about an all-star cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone, and Stephen Colbert (yes, that Stephen Colbert) headlined this spirited take on Sondheim’s classic 1970 musical, which was filmed live. Harris takes top billing as Robert, a bachelor who’s juggling three girlfriends while celebrating his 35th birthday with 10 coupled-up friends who can’t help revealing the good and bad of settling down.Friday, Nov. 8, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings

Killing Kennedy

A blitz of programming marking the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination begins with this scripted drama about the tragedy based on a recent best-seller by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Rob Lowe plays Kennedy and gets the charm down, if not the accent, while Ginnifer Goodwin portrays the First Lady. Sunday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m., National Geographic

Other highlights

Mother Up!

Eva Longoria voices a foulmouthed suburban mom in this Family Guy–esque animated series as Hulu bids again for an original hit. Available for streaming on Wednesday, Nov. 6, Hulu

47th Annual CMA Awards

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley host country music’s big awards show, which this year will feature a joint performance by Taylor Swift, Vince Gill, and Alison Krauss. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m., ABC

The Britannia Awards

George Clooney, Sir Ben Kingsley, Kathryn Bigelow, and Sacha Baron Cohen will be among the honorees feted by the Los Angeles branch of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Sunday, Nov. 10, at 9 p.m., BBC America

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