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Published: Sunday, 12/11/2011

Around the remote: Television picks for this week

BY CHUCK BARNEY
CONTRA COSTA TIMES

DON'T MISS:

JERRY LEWIS: METHOD TO THE MADNESS -- This lively profile examines the show-biz legend from a fresh perspective. Lewis, now 85, looks back at his career as a comedian, actor, and filmmaker via a series of candid interviews that cover everything from his roots in vaudeville and his big-screen hits to his fruitful and turbulent relationship with singer Dean Martin. The documentary benefits greatly from never-before-seen footage and the contributions of many big-name Lewis admirers, including Carol Burnett, Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy, Quentin Tarantino, Chevy Chase, John Landis, Carl Reiner, and Steven Spielberg. 8 p.m. Saturday, Encore.

OTHER BETS:

SUNDAY: The final three teams in The Amazing Race bolt for the finish line. First one to Atlanta nabs $1 million. 8 p.m., CBS.

SUNDAY: May we suggest that you watch Stephen King's Bag of Bones with the lights on? It's a two-part scarefest about a novelist (Pierce Brosnan) who retreats to a New England lake house after the death of his wife and is tormented by spooky nightmares and visions. 9 p.m., A&E.

MONDAY: Like a horror-movie bad guy, Fear Factor just will not die. Almost six years after it left the air, the reality series returns, promising challenges that are more daring and disgusting than ever. 8 p.m., NBC.

TUESDAY: In tonight's finale of The Biggest Loser we meet the biggest winner as our three finalists gather for their last weigh-in. At stake: A prize of $250,000. 9 p.m., NBC.

TUESDAY: Raising Hope gives us yet another twisted take on It's a Wonderful Life when Jimmy (Lucas Neff) imagines an existence without baby Hope after he enters a strange realm where he never met his mother (Bijou Phillips). 9:30 p.m., Fox.

WEDNESDAY: It's that time of the year again -- time for Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011. 9:31 p.m., ABC.

WEDNESDAY: Every once in a while, there are humorous TV ads that don't provoke you to make a fridge run. They're celebrated in Funniest Commercials of the Year: 2011. 10 p.m., TBS.

THURSDAY: The Year With Katie Couric has the veteran newsman recalling the major stories of 2011, including the death of Osama bin Laden, the royal wedding, and the Penn State scandal. 9 p.m., ABC.



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