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Around the remote: Television picks for the week of Dec. 8-14

December 5, 2013

YellowBrix

DON'T MISS:

THE "SONS OF ANARCHY" SEASON FINALE. What began with a shocking school shooting and steadily evolved into the most controversial _ and deadliest _ season yet (Rest in peace, Clay). Now, all the questionable moves made by SAMCRO president Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) could have dire ramifications for the future of the club, and for his own family. 10 p.m. Tuesday, FX.

OTHER BETS:

SUNDAY: "The Amazing Race" crowns another winner tonight, but not before putting its finalists through some bizarre stunts in Tokyo like a "human bowling" competition. Then it's off to Alaska, where one determined _ and very tired _ duo nabs the $1 million prize. 8 p.m., CBS.

SUNDAY: Gooey seasonal movie alert: In "Holidaze," a frosty workaholic executive (Jennie Garth) has an accident and wakes up in an alternate universe, where she's married to her childhood sweetheart (Cameron Mathison) and, of course, sees the error of her ways. 8 p.m., ABC Family.

SUNDAY: Holliday Grainger and Emile Hirsch make for a pair of dashing outlaws in "Bonne & Clyde," a new two-part miniseries about the ruthless Depression-era bank robbers. Spoiler alert: They go out with a bang. Many bangs, in fact. 9 p.m., A&E, History and Lifetime.

MONDAY: Nick Lachey returns to host another edition of "The Sing-Off," a spirited smackdown involving a cappella groups from across the nation. Singer Jewel joins Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman on the judges panel. 9 p.m., NBC.

MONDAY: Oh, don't encourage them! "The Great Christmas Light Fight" is a competition that has families trying to create blindingly gaudy holiday displays for big money. Alas, Clark Griswold is not among the contestants. 9 p.m., ABC.

TUESDAY: And you thought Danica Patrick could only race cars and appear in sleazy Super Bowl commercials. No, for some reason, she has been enlisted to co-host the "American Country Awards" with Trace Adkins. We wish her well. 8 p.m., Fox.

WEDNESDAY: "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale" is an offbeat special that has the pop star learning some lessons about the meaning of the holiday. Blake Shelton, Trisha Yearwood, Reba and others join her on the journey. 10 p.m., NBC.

THURSDAY: Don't you hate it when this happens? On "The Michael J. Fox Show," Mike finds out that he has to work on Christmas Eve, which complicates his plans for a gift exchange with Annie (Betsy Brandt). 9:30 p.m., NBC.

FRIDAY: On "Raising Hope," Burt (Garret Dillahunt) becomes interim mayor of Natesville and gets rather Grinchy in the process as he faces the unpleasant prospect of canceling the town's Christmas festival. 9 p.m., Fox.

SATURDAY: We don't know if it's true or not, but rumor has it that every time you watch "It's a Wonderful Life," an angel gets his wings. Atta boy, Clarence. 8 p.m., NBC.

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Chuck Barney: cbarney@bayareanewsgroup.com

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