Diane Werts writes about television for Newsday. Werts previously was the founding editor of Newsday's trend-spotting magazine TV
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DEFINE 'CELEBRITY' Somebody who's ever been famous for 15 minutes, anytime, ever? "Celebrity Ghost Stories" (Saturday night at 9, Bio) conjures up spooky recollections from way-back vintage cuchi-cuchi girl Charo and first-season "American Idol" also-ran Justin Guarini. More curious tales at bio.com/celebrityghoststories.
Graham Norton Show" (Saturday night at 11, BBC America) welcomes Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and Javier Bardem from the new James Bond flick "Skyfall." "Warren Miller's Children of Winter" (Sunday at 7 p.m., Encore Family) is the first Miller ski adventure airing Sunday nights in November. "Top Gear at the Movies" (Monday at 8:30 p.m., BBC America) celebrates cars on the big screen. And Turner Classic Movies launches its November spotlights: Henry Fonda's "The Grapes of Wrath" (Monday at 8 p.m., TCM) introduces "great adaptations" on Monday and Wednesday nights, while "Lady With a Past" (Tuesday at 8 p.m., TCM) kicks off Tuesday's star of the month salute to '30s mainstay Constance Bennett. Details at tcm.com/this-month.
ABC), while a sci-fi convention plot on "Castle" (Monday at 10 p.m., ABC) welcomes genre faves Armin Shimerman, Ed Quinn, Erin Way and Christina Moore. More at abc.com/castle.
BROOKLYN EATS What is it about the food there? "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" (Monday at 9 p.m., Travel) wraps up its run by noshing through the borough. And "Kitchen Nightmares" (Friday at 8 p.m., Fox) finds Gordon Ramsay trying to save Mama Maria's family eatery. Expect tears. Video extras at fox.com/kitchennightmares.
UNSCRIPTED PREMIERES Who knew coffee could be so compelling? "Dangerous Grounds" (Monday at 10 p.m., then Tuesday at 9 p.m. starting Nov. 13, Travel) follows adventurer-humanitarian Todd Carmichael around the globe seeking exotic beans in far-flung locales. Cyberdreams fuel "Silicon Valley Start-Ups" (Monday at 10 p.m., Bravo), tracking California employees at both work and play. "Jesse James: Outlaw Garage" (Monday at 10 p.m., Discovery) finds the old "Monster Garage" host helping run an Austin speed shop. Watch shoplifting loss-prevention agents at work in "Caught Red-Handed" (Tuesday 9:30 and 10 p.m., truTV). And there's more dot.com action in "LOLwork" (Wednesday at 11 p.m., Bravo), peeking behind the scenes at the zany folks from ICanHasCheezburger.com.