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The week's prime choices: 'Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction' and more

December 4, 2009 |  3:05 pm
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This week's TV Movies


"Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction" features the frenetic funnyman in his fifth solo outing on HBO, while the new special "Comedy Central's Hot List" puts the spotlight on some of stand-up's fresher faces. (HBO, 9 p.m.; Comedy Central, 10 p.m.)


Andre Braugher, Ray Romano and Scott Bakula are "Men of a Certain Age" in this new sitcom that seeks humor in the indignities of male fortysomethingness. Our alternate title: "Homicide: Everybody Leap." (TNT, 10 p.m.)


The new sci-fi series "Outer Space Astronauts" mixes live action with computer animation as it follows the comic misadventures of the crew of the O.S.S. Oklahoma. Stephen Millunzi, Adam Clinton and Jacey Margolis star. (Syfy, 9:30 and 11 p.m.)


The second-season premiere of Elvis Costello's music-and-chat show "Spectacle" features the bespectacled singer-songwriter in conversation -- and performance -- with U2's the Edge (above left) and Bono. (Sundance, 10 p.m.)


The lovely and talented Zooey Deschanel ("[500] Days of Summer") guest stars on a new episode of big sister Emily's forensics drama "Bones," playing the title character's long-lost cousin in the first on-screen pairing of the actress siblings. (Fox, 8 p.m.)


Neil Patrick Harris and Jennifer Love Hewitt lend their voices to the new animated special "Yes, Virginia" (below), which retells the tale of a newspaper editor's response to a little girl's letter seeking confirmation of the existence of jolly old St. Nick. (CBS, 8 p.m.)


Put the controller down and give your thumbs a break while you watch "Spike TV's Video Game Awards 2009." You'll see sneak peeks of some sure-to-be-hot titles, and you just might get an idea or two for your Christmas wish list. (Spike, 8 p.m.)

'Clash of the Dinosaurs' on Discovery

The new four-part special "Clash of the Dinosaurs" uses computer imaging to examine the physiology of such long-extinct "thunder lizards" as the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex. Concludes next Sunday. (Discovery, 8 and 9 p.m. Sun.)

Carrie Underwood

"Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special" features the chart-topping country cutie singing a mix of her hits and seasonal favorites alongside guests Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley and fellow "American Idol" winner David Cook. (Fox, 8 p.m. Mon.)

'Confessions of a Shopaholic'

"Wedding Crashers' " Isla Fisher (right) is a conspicuous consumer with a passion for fashion in the 2009 romantic comedy "Confessions of a Shopaholic," based on the popular novel. John Goodman, Joan Cusack and Hugh Dancy also star. (Starz, 9 p.m. Sat.)