The Week’s guide to what’s worth watching

The best programs on TV this week

Vietnam in HD

Thousands of hours of Vietnam War footage, much of it shot by combat soldiers, was converted to high-definition for this six-hour, three-night follow-up to History’s Emmy-winning 2009 documentary WWII in HD. Punctuating the film are the personal accounts of numerous veterans, given voice by such actors as Dylan McDermott, Edward Burns, and Armie Hammer. Tuesday–Thursday, Nov. 8–10, at 9 p.m., History

Poster Girl

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When upstate New York cheerleader Robynn Murray joined the Army at age 19, she was quickly shipped to Iraq and became a “poster girl” for U.S. women in combat, featured on the cover of Army magazine. But Murray returned home with severe post-traumatic stress disorder. This affecting documentary—an Oscar nominee—follows her struggle to reclaim her health and life. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m., HBO2

American Masters: Bill T. Jones—A Good Man

A profile of the Tony-winning choreographer captures the intense energy Jones brings to creating an original dance-theater piece to mark the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. As it chronicles the project’s progress and retraces Jones’s life and career, the film reveals how much this artist demands of both his dancers and his audiences. Friday, Nov. 11, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings

Black in America: The New Promised Land—Silicon Valley

In California’s Silicon Valley, less than 1 percent of venture capital goes to startups with African-American founders, but a privately created “accelerator” program aims to change that. Correspondent Soledad O’Brien follows eight African-American entrepreneurs who’ve agreed to the program’s requirement that they live and work together for nine weeks. Not all goes smoothly as they vie to attract mentors and funding. Sunday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m., CNN

Masterpiece: The Song of Lunch

Alan Rickman stars in this highly literate comedy-drama as a petulant poet manqué who meets his ex-lover for lunch at their old haunt. Rickman’s portrait of middle-aged bitterness and regret is both funny and pitiable, and Emma Thompson is equally subtle and adept as a woman who’s found a life of ease with a more successful author. The Masterpiece production is adapted from a narrative poem by Christopher Reid. Sunday, Nov. 13, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings

Other highlights

Frontline: Syria Undercover

An undercover reporter meets with members of the Syrian opposition movement who have been forced into hiding. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 9 p.m., PBS; check local listings

Prophets of Science Fiction

Director Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) hosts an eight-part series profiling science-fiction visionaries, starting with Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 10 p.m., Science

Republican Presidential Debate

CBS news anchor Scott Pelley and National Journal’s Major Garrett host a GOP debate in Spartanburg, S.C. National security will be the focus. Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m., CBS

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