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TV picks For the week of Oct. 21-27

Host Jon Stewart, left, thanked Bill O'Reilly of Fox News after he and MSNBC's Chris Matthews debated on Night of Too Many Stars, a benefit for autism programs that will air Sunday on Comedy Central. The debate wasn't full of hot air; they used helium instead.
Host Jon Stewart, left, thanked Bill O'Reilly of Fox News after he and MSNBC's Chris Matthews debated on Night of Too Many Stars, a benefit for autism programs that will air Sunday on Comedy Central. The debate wasn't full of hot air; they used helium instead. Dima Gavrysh/PictureGroup

Don't miss: 'Night of Too Many Stars'

Comedian Jon Stewart hosts this benefit at New York's Beacon Theatre. The special has a serious goal but a comically offbeat approach — bringing together people you thought you'd never see on the same stage. Carly Rae Jepson, for example, sings Call Me Maybe with Harvey Keitel, and Bill O'Reilly debates Chris Matthews while inhaling helium. Among the stars appearing: Tom Hanks, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Katy Perry. 8 p.m. Sunday, Comedy Central.

Other bets

Sunday: The ER reunion continues on The Good Wife as Maura Tierney returns in her guest role opposite series star Julianna Margulies. Tierney plays a millionaire who questions her decision to support Peter Florrick's (Chris Noth) campaign after a tawdry rumor circulates. 9 p.m., CBS.

Monday: It's Round 3 of the presidential debates as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney meet for the final time at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. Bob Shieffer of CBS News moderates the event devoted to foreign policy. 9 p.m., broadcast networks and cable news channels.

Monday: The long and winding first season of Switched at Birth reaches its finale, and a surprise verdict comes down in the trial. Meanwhile, the romance between Daphne and Jeff (Katie Leclerc, Justin Bruening) is revealed, and Bay and Zarra (Vanessa Marano, Tania Raymonde) head for Mexico. 8 p.m., ABC Family.

Tuesday: Sydni Perry and Cafe Blue present their "progressive acoustic" version of bluegrass on Jubilee. 8 p.m., KET.

Tuesday: Where's Pacey? Season 2 of Don't Trust the B— in Apt. 23 begins with James Van Der Beek trying to organize a Dawson's Creek reunion, but, sadly, without much success. The opener airs right after the Season 3 debut of Happy Endings. 9:31 p.m., ABC.

Wednesday: Break out the peanuts and Cracker Jack. The World Series gets under way in the home ballpark of the National League champs. Joe Buck and Tim McCarver call the action. 7:30 p.m., Fox.

Wednesday: The Houstons: On Our Own might be a little tough to watch. It's a docu-series that follows Whitney Houston's family as they cope with their grief in the aftermath of her death. 9 p.m., Lifetime.

Thursday: Stephen Colbert drops by The Office for a Halloween-themed episode. Colbert plays Broccoli Rob, a smarmy former member of Andy's (Ed Helms) college a cappella singing group who basically gets on Andy's nerves. 9 p.m., NBC.

Friday: Just in time for Halloween comes Mockingbird Lane, a reboot of the 1960s TV series The Munsters. Jerry O'Connell stars as Herman Munster, and Portia de Rossi as his wife, Lily, in this hourlong pilot that might become a series. 8 p.m., NBC.

Saturday: Kentucky Collectibles looks at some of the rarest marbles in the world, pottery from Newcomb College and a 1946 Martin guitar. 4:30 p.m., KET (Repeats at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28).

Saturday: It's a Halloween-themed Kentucky Life with Louisville's Zombie Attack, Paranormal Investigators of Northern Kentucky, Voices of Elmwood in Owensboro and host Dave Shuffett investigating the life of Hopkinsville native and clairvoyant Edgar Cayce. 8 p.m., KET. (Repeats at 4 p.m. Oct. 28.)

Saturday: The walking dead apparently continue to fascinate us. In the schlocky new TV film, Rise of the Zombies, survivors of a zombie plague risk life and limb when they leave their refuge on Alcatraz to find a scientist who they think can save mankind. 9 p.m., Syfy.

contra costa times, Herald-Leader staff

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