Television picks for Nov. 2-8

DON’T MISS: “Olive Kitteridge” – The stern, judgmental title character at the heart of this two-night miniseries isn’t the most likable woman you’ll ever meet. But as played by Oscar winner Frances McDormand, she makes for a compelling character study. Based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “Olive Kitteridge” tells a sweetly poignant and darkly funny tale of a New England town wrought with secret affairs, crime and tragedy, as seen through the eyes of a woman struggling with depression. The sterling cast also includes Richard Jenkins and Bill Murray. 8 p.m. Monday, HBO.

Other bets

SUNDAY: Uh-oh, there’s a mole embedded in the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” precinct. It’s up to Capt. Holt and Jake to track down the rat before Deputy Chief Madeline Wuntch (Kyra Sedgwick) hears about it. 7:30 p.m., Fox

SUNDAY: Guest-star alert: Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce joins “The Good Wife” for a six-episode arc playing a highly respected cable news legal commentator. It’s his first TV role since “Frasier” ended in 2004. 8 p.m., CBS

MONDAY: “Over the Garden Wall” is a whimsical animated miniseries that follows two brothers (voiced by Elijah Wood and Collin Dean) who get lost amid a strange forest adrift in time. The mystery-adventure concludes Friday. 6 p.m., Cartoon Network

MONDAY: Sure, the haters gonna hate, but that won’t keep Taylor Swift from shaking it off and joining “The Voice” as a mentor for all four teams as the knockout rounds heat up. 7 p.m., NBC

TUESDAY: In the Season 2 premiere of “MasterChef Junior,” 16 contestants are challenged to prepare dishes featuring the favorite ingredients of Season 1 champ Alexander Weiss before the field is cut to 12. 7 p.m., Fox

WEDNESDAY: If suspenseful spy thrillers are your thing, you’ll definitely want to get your head into “The Game.” It’s a six-part saga that follows a young MI5 agent (Tom Hughes) who, in the early 1970s, races to uncover intel about a devastating Soviet plot that could change the course of the Cold War. 9 p.m., BBC America

WEDNESDAY: Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are back again to host the 48th annual CMA Awards from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Among the performers are Kenny Chesney, Eric Church and Miranda Lambert. 7 p.m., ABC

THURSDAY: Get ready to bid farewell to one of prime time’s best bromances. Headed by charismatic stars Matt Bomer and Tim DeKay, “White Collar” kicks off its six-episode final season, and producers have promised to deliver a “shocking” ending. 8 p.m., USA

FRIDAY: “Hawaii Five-0” hits the big one-0-0 as the crime drama airs its 100th episode. In an “It’s a Wonderful Life”-like fantasy, McGarrett sees what would have happened to his team had they never been brought together. 8 p.m., CBS

SATURDAY: Another crazy season of “Doctor Who” comes to an end as Cybermen invade the streets of London and Missy continues to wreak havoc. 7:30 p.m., BBC America

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