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Best Bets on TV

By Chuck Barney
Contra Costa Times

Best bets on television for the coming week:

FRIDAY: Not to be confused with “Last Comic Standing,” the new reality series “Funniest Wins” has aspiring comedians facing off in various challenges as they try to make people laugh. Marlon Wayans hosts. 10 p.m., TBS.

SATURDAY: The electrifying second season of “Orphan Black” ends with Sarah being forced to concede when Rachel launches her latest ploy. OK, now let’s get that Emmy nomination ready for Tatiana Maslany. 9 p.m., BBC America.

SUNDAY: The sexy-scary gorefest “True Blood” this week launches its seventh and final season, and word has it that “nobody’s safe.” Of course, Sookie (Anna Paquin), our beloved leading lady, is accustomed to perilous situations by now, but she has her hands full when a band of rogue Hep V-infected vampires attacks Bon Temps. Will peace ever come to this poor beleaguered Southern town? 9 p.m., HBO.

SUNDAY: Because there just aren’t enough singing competitions in prime time, we now are being treated (or subjected) to “Rising Star.” The twist? This one gives viewers a chance to vote in real time. 9 p.m., ABC.

SUNDAY: “The Musketeers” is an offbeat new take on Alexandre Dumas’ adventure tale. Expect plenty of swordplay. 9 p.m., BBC America.

TUESDAY: “American Experience: Freedom Summer” is a powerful documentary that recalls the brave and selfless actions of young activists, black and white, who flocked to Mississippi in 1964 in an attempt to shatter the foundations of white supremacy. 9 p.m., PBS.

WEDNESDAY: “Big Brother” is the cockroach of TV: You just cannot eradicate it. Summer’s guiltiest pleasure returns with a whole new batch of roomies who will try to get along with each other – and fail miserably. 8 p.m., CBS.

WEDNESDAY: Chyler Leigh stars in the new action drama “Taxi Brooklyn.” She plays a detective who speeds around New York solving crimes with the help of a local cabbie (Jacky Ido). 10:01 p.m., NBC.

THURSDAY: Break out the scrubs. “NY Med,” the reality series about life at Manhattan’s New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Newark’s University Hospital, is back for a second season. 10 p.m., ABC.

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