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Published: Sunday, 10/28/2012

Around the remote: television picks for this week

BY CHUCK BARNEY
CONTRA COSTA TIMES

DON’T MISS:

THE 46TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS — Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return for the fifth time to host this celebration of country music goodness. Eric Church leads the pack with five nominations, including nods for best single, song, and music video of the year for “Springsteen.” Performers include Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Swift, and the Band Perry. 8 p.m. Thursday, ABC.

OTHER BETS:

TODAY: MythBusters brings the thrills and chills in its first-ever Halloween episode. Adam and Jamie take on three tests, including whether it’s as easy to move a corpse as the movies would have us believe. 8 p.m., Discovery.

TODAY: Marking its 100th episode, The Mentalist flashes back eight years to show what happened to Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) right after his wife and daughter were killed by Red John, and how he met the CBI team. 10 p.m., CBS.

MONDAY: The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia is a documentary that examines the disorder that hampers the brain’s ability to comprehend written words. Included: Commentary from notable dyslexics Richard Branson, Gavin Newsom, and Charles Schwab. 7 p.m., HBO.

MONDAY: The Olympics may be over, but it’s still prime time for Ryan Lochte. The hunky gold medal-winning swimmer does a guest stint on 90210 tonight. And, yes, we expect at least one shirtless scene. 8 p.m., The CW.

TUESDAY: Ellen DeGeneres: The Mark Twain Prize puts the spotlight on the comedian and daytime talk-show host as she becomes the 15th recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Among those paying tribute: Lily Tomlin, Sean Hayes, Kristin Chenoweth, and Steve Harvey. 8 p.m., PBS.

WEDNESDAY: We sincerely hope that this will be the year when Linus finally makes his annual Halloween vigil pay off in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. But we’re not counting on it. 8 p.m., ABC.

WEDNESDAY: After letting their imaginations run wild, the final three finalists on Face Off find out who came out on top in the battle of special-effects makeup artists. Audience voting determines the winner. 10 p.m., Syfy.

THURSDAY: On 30 Rock, Liz and Jack (Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin) come to the alarming realization that Jenna (Jane Krakowski) and her fan base could tip the scales in the election. How did that go undetected by the pollsters and pundits? 8 p.m., NBC.

FRIDAY: It’s the fourth season of Undercover Boss, and we’re stunned that the rank-and-file employees shown in this reality series still haven’t caught on to the ruse. Guess that’s why they’re not in charge. 8 p.m., CBS.

FRIDAY: Reba McEntire returns to prime time in the mildly amusing sitcom, Malibu Country. She plays a newly divorced country singer who moves with her kids and her mother (Lily Tomlin) to a strange, alien land known as Southern California. 8:31 p.m., ABC.

SATURDAY: We just had Halloween and already there’s a holiday movie on the air. In Christmas Song, two music teachers (Natasha Henstridge and Gabe Hogan) face off in a Christmas-carol competition. Will they find harmony? 8 p.m., Hallmark.



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