ONE HUNDRED YEARS ago this weekend, the trenches fell silent. The war to end all wars was over. In addition to marking the end of a conflict that killed tens of millions, the armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, began a peace process that reshaped the world in ways still being felt. Wars rage in the Middle East within and between countries whose borders were hastily drawn up during the negotiation of the Treaty of Versailles.
To commemorate this world-shaping event, the History Channel partners with Ford to devote its entire Saturday and Sunday prime-time schedule to “Truck Weekend in America.” Truck enthusiasts put their vehicles to the test in different off-road challenges on two helpings of “Truck Night in America” (8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, History). Saturday night culminates in an hourlong commercial, “Born Tough: Inside the Ford Factory” (10 p.m.).
I’m not sure “The Simpsons” could concoct a crueler parody of what the History Channel has become. It’s time for History to rename itself, since it’s already “rebranded” itself. Calling it History amounts to consumer fraud.
• The Smithsonian Channel manages to honor veterans and still celebrate restored vehicles with “Gun Trucks of Vietnam” (9 p.m. Sunday). This hourlong documentary profiles the unheralded crews of truck convoys who found that their vehicles were ill-suited and under-armored for ferrying men and equipment into jungle terrain. They scavenged parts and weapons to turn their trucks into 5-ton fighting machines, which saw a great deal of action.
Next weekend, Smithsonian will return to Vietnam with another installment of “The Lost Tapes,” covering the Tet Offensive of 1968.
• Fans of unceasing embarrassment, prolonged social discomfort and exquisite torture should not miss “Sally4Ever” (10:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO, TV-MA).
We know we’re in for a world of pain when “Sally” begins with an extended performance by a male a cappella group, singing George Michael’s “Faith” with all of the erotic verve of a barbershop quartet.
The lack of passion — titillating and otherwise — pretty much defines David (Alex Macqueen), Sally’s (Catherine Shepherd) spineless boyfriend. Together for a decade, their moments of shared intimacy consist of David shaving his calloused feet in her presence and making any number of off-putting grunts and other bodily noises.
Just as David gathers enough gumption to propose, Sally, a put-upon marketing assistant for a spectacularly unglamorous advertising firm, embarks on a sexy adventure with bar band singer Emma (series creator Julia Davis).
Their unbridled romp is depicted as ridiculously as possible, unfolding as savage parodies of cinematic sex scenes and perhaps send-ups of the awkwardness of sex itself.
Fully awakened as a woman, Sally manages to tell David that she hasn’t found him attractive, “for maybe the past seven years.” But having left the frying pan of dull domesticity, she jumps into the fire of cohabitation (in David’s house!) with a full-fledged sociopath. The scene where Sally introduces Emma to her starchy parents is almost unendurable.
Made for Sky TV in the United Kingdom, “Sally” offers a weird combination of British understatement with broad physical comedy and brazen scatological humor. To American viewers, it may seem both overly subtle and utterly obvious at the same time. Clever and crude, it’s also far crueler than most U.S. fare.
• National Geographic invites viewers to spend two Sunday nights in the hermit kingdom, airing four hours of “Inside North Korea’s Dynasty” (9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday, concludes Nov. 18).
• Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Brett Eldredge, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum and Thomas Rhett appear on “Country Music’s Biggest Stars: In the Spotlight With Robin Roberts” (10 p.m., ABC).
Alec Baldwin’s misbegotten talk show will move to Saturday evenings, starting on Dec. 8.
• College football action includes Florida State at Notre Dame (7:30 p.m., NBC), Texas at Texas Tech (7:30 p.m., Fox) and Clemson at Boston College (8 p.m., ABC).
• A just-dumped student becomes a “Sorority Stalker” (8 p.m., Lifetime, TV-14). She’s no “Psycho Prom Queen” (10 p.m., Lifetime, TV-14).
• An overscheduled school superintendent falls for a struggling music instructor in the 2018 romance “It’s Christmas, Eve” (8 p.m., Hallmark, TV-G).
• “Shut Up and Dribble” (9 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA) recalls Michael Jordan’s influence on basketball.
• Liev Schreiber hosts “Saturday Night Live” (11:30 p.m., NBC, TV-14), featuring musical guest Lil Wayne.
• Scheduled on “60 Minutes” (7:30 p.m., CBS): an interview with Seattle Seahawks’ twin players Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin.
• Kara stands up for aliens on “Supergirl” (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
• Henry Miller visits on “The Durrells in Corfu” on “Masterpiece” (8 p.m., PBS, TV-14, check local listings).
• A woman wonders if a rich, handsome corporate CEO is worthy of her affections in the 2018 holiday romance “Christmas in Love” (8 p.m., Hallmark, TV-G).
• Tragedy stalks the plantation on “Outlander” (8 p.m., Starz, TV-MA).
• The Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles meet in “Sunday Night Football” (8:20 p.m., NBC).
• “20/20” (9 p.m., ABC) presents an interview with former first lady Michelle Obama.
• Niko’s safety becomes a concern on “Charmed” (9 p.m., CW, TV-PG).
• Dark complications on “Poldark” on “Masterpiece” (9 p.m., PBS, TV-14, check local listings).
• A new group appears on “The Walking Dead” (9 p.m., AMC, TV-MA).
• Anita’s campaign struggles on “Ray Donovan” (9 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA).
• Elizabeth scrambles to broker a refugee agreement on “Madam Secretary” (10:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG).
Working class townies take on rich college kids in a bicycle race in the 1979 drama “Breaking Away” (3:15 p.m. Sunday, TCM). Look for breakout performances from Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid and Daniel Stern.
A hit man targets the squad on “NCIS” (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... Multiple poisonings on “FBI” (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... “48 Hours” (10 p.m., CBS).
“Football Night in America” (7 p.m., NBC) ... Moe’s mail-order bride on “The Simpsons” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-PG) ... Small steps on “Dancing With the Stars: Juniors” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG) ... Saying uncle on “God Friended Me” (8:30 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) ... Calling it quilts on “Bob’s Burgers” (8:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
Stewie puts Meg on a pedestal on “Family Guy” (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14) ... State Department input on “NCIS: Los Angeles” (9:30 p.m., CBS, TV-14) ... The band reunites on “Rel” (9:30 p.m., Fox, TV-14).