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The Weeks guide to what’s worth watching

The best programs on TV this week

Witness: RioBrazil’s primary tourist attraction, Rio de Janeiro, will host the 2016 Olympics, a first for South America. Yet Rio’s slums are seething with wars between police and gangs. In the final installment of a series that has followed photojournalists into international hot spots, photographer Eros Hoagland hazards a visit to dangerous neighborhoods near the Olympic stadium. “Rio is a city of conflict,” he says, “and it’s the conflict I’m interested in.” Monday, Nov. 26, at 9 p.m., HBO

Quadrophenia: Can You See the Real Me?A rock opera set in Mod-era Britain, Quadrophenia is “the last great album the Who ever made,” Pete Townshend says as he revisits the rock band’s old studios and stomping grounds in this documentary. But archival footage and interviews with the band’s members reveal that problems involving money, managers, alcohol, and drugs nearly prevented the 1973 album from being made at all. Thursday, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m., BBC America

The Iron PetticoatNot seen in the Western Hemisphere since 1966, this curious piece of Hollywood history features the only onscreen pairing of Bob Hope and Katharine Hepburn. Plagued by discord during its production, the Cold War comedy cast Hepburn as a Soviet jet pilot and Hope as an Air Force officer assigned to convert her from communism to capitalism. Thursday, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m., Turner Classic Movies

Rocket City RednecksA Huntsville, Ala., aerospace engineer and his cohorts tackle more tongue-in-cheek technical challenges as this quirky show returns. In the Season 2 opener, these highly educated “rednecks” try to launch a 20-foot custom-made rocket a mile into the sky, complete with a parachute that (hopefully) will float its test-dummy passenger safely to earth. Thursday, Nov. 29, at 9 p.m., National Geographic Channel

Baylor vs. KentuckyCBS starts its 32nd year of college basketball coverage as the Kentucky Wildcats host the Baylor Bears at Rupp Arena in Lexington. The network that owns March hoops will broadcast 42 regular-season games, compared with ESPN’s 1,450. Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg will call the action. Saturday, Dec. 1, at 12:30 p.m., CBS 

Other highlights

Go OnOlympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor guest-stars on Matthew Perry’s new sitcom, urging Perry’s character, widowed sportscaster Ryan King, to get back into the dating game via beach volleyball. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 9 p.m., NBC

Rizzoli & IslesOpposites with chemistry, cop Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander) return to crack crimes in new episodes. Lorraine Bracco plays Rizzoli’s prying mother. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 9 p.m., TNT

Christmas in Rockefeller CenterRod Stewart and Mariah Carey perform at the ceremonial lighting of a famed New York Christmas tree. Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie host. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m., NBC

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