With her floppy hat and flapping gums, Jackie "Moms" Mabley is mostly remembered these days for her outrageous appearances on late-'60s and '70s-era variety and talk shows, as mainstream as Ed Sullivan and as of-the-moment as the Smothers Brothers, performing racy and politically barbed stand-up routines whose sting was couched in a dirty-old-lady's guise.
Among those influenced by Mabley was Whoopi Goldberg, who performed an homage to the comedian early in her own career. In the HBO documentary Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley (Monday, 9/8c), the View personality directs and participates in this tribute to the pioneering comic's life and legacy, with TV clips and audio excerpts (enhanced with crude animation) from her many comedy albums, which hold up surprisingly well.
Sleepy Hollow will soon reveal the identity of the Headless Horseman who has been rampaging the town both in the past and present.
On the series premiere of the Fox drama, viewers learned that Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) was enlisted by George Washington to take a particularly difficult Hessian agent down. But the Hessian claimed Ichabod's life, cutting open his chest before Ichabod cut off his head in return. Their blood bound them together, which is why when the Headless Horseman was awoken in present day, so too was Ichabod. But who is Headless, really?
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These are the guest stars and events that the networks have planned for the second week of November sweeps:
Monday, Nov. 11
How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston is back as Ted's reviled, pompous former boss.
NBC has canceled the Matthew Perry comedy Go On after one season, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
There's more tearful soul-searching than singing in Fox's Glee (Thursday, 8/7c) as the show tackles an issue that couldn't be more timely and topical, on Capitol Hill and in any community that worries about its children's safety in the wake of recent (and not-so-recent) tragedies. The episode is titled "Shooting Star," which should give you an indication of just what triggers such intense emotional anxiety in the halls of McKinley High. Some would argue that the way the story ultimately plays out trivializes the issue, and maybe they're right, but as unpleasant realities seep into what is usually a musical-comedy fantasy, the glee club won't be the only ones left shaken and perhaps even a little more awakened.