Idris Elba in "Luther" on BBC America.

London detective John Luther (Idris Elba) returns with new episodes on BBC America. (Robert Viglasky / BBC / November 20, 2012)

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Hilarity ensues when "TV's Funniest of the Funniest: A Paley Center for Media Special" counts down the most guffaw-eliciting scenes in sitcom history. 9 p.m. NBC

For the first time ever on a major TV network, it's the "MDA Show of Strength Telethon" to raise funds for, and awareness of, kids and adults suffering with muscular dystrophy. 9 p.m. ABC

Amen to that! The winner is announced on the two-part season finale of the gospel-singing competition "Sunday Best." 8 and 9 p.m. BET


Go back to the very beginnings of cinema with "An Edison Album," "Lumiere's First Picture Shows" and "The Story of Film: An Odyssey." 5, 6:30 and 7 p.m. TCM

Seth Rogen serves as master of unceremonious ceremonies at "The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco." With Jonah Hill, Aziz Ansari, Jeff Ross, Sarah Silverman and "SNL" alums Andy Samberg and Bill Hader. 10 p.m. Comedy Central

A Venice, Calif., auto shop is the setting for "Turn & Burn," a new unscripted series about a crew that specializes in turning rusty junkers into custom rides. 10 p.m. Discovery

The scribes responsible for giving you the heebie-jeebies with their multi-Emmy-nominated series "American Horror Story" are featured on the season finale of "The Writers' Room." 10 p.m. Sundance


Got a whole lotta "Luther." Golden Globe winner Idris Elba is back as the troubled London police inspector when this imported drama returns with a four-night miniseries event. 10 p.m. BBC America; also 9 p.m. Wed.; 10 p.m. Thu. and Fri.

Cheethas never prosper, but we could be lion, when Samuel L. Jackson narrates the 2011 nature doc "African Cats." 8 and 11 p.m. Animal Planet

Aspiring terpsichoreans hope to win big money and a scholarship to a top-flight ballet school on the return of "Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition." 9 p.m. Lifetime

Get up close and personal with a band of bikers in the new reality series "We're the Fugawis." It's like "Sons of Anarchy" — minus the murder, mayhem, drugs and gunrunning. 10 and 10:30 p.m. History

Two women — a veteran Texas prosecutor and a Las Vegas crime-scene investigator — deliver "Cold Justice" when they team to help solve long-dormant murder cases in this new unscripted series. 10 p.m. TNT