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Around the remote: Television picks for the week of Oct. 15-21

Chuck Barney
Contra Costa Times

DON'T MISS: "PROJECT RUNWAY" FINALE - For weeks, they've been showing off their dresses - some dazzling, some disastrous - but now it's time for the fashion-minded finalists to sew things up and determine a winner. Will it be Laura Bennett, the pregnant mother who specializes in cocktail wear? Jeffrey Sebelia, the avant-garde risk-taker? Michael Knight, the hip fan favorite? Or Uli Herzner, the lover of safari prints? Tonight's episode caps an eventful third season and is the back end of a two-parter that began last week with the fab four working on their collections for New York's prestigious Fashion Week. Gorgeous host Heidi Klum will present $100,000 to the winner, who also gets a spread in Elle magazine. 10 p.m. Wednesday, Bravo.

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TONIGHT: "Cold Case" offers up a poignant episode that has Lilly delving into a case of a baby girl whose death in 1982 was attributed to sudden infant death syndrome. As usual, there are several possibilities: Mom admits to being highly stressed out at the time, Dad reveals that he never wanted a second child and the older brother has grown up thinking he was somehow responsible. 9 p.m. CBS.

MONDAY: On "The New Adventures of Old Christine," Barb (Wanda Sykes) is getting a divorce, so Christine shows her support by taking her in as a temporary roommate. You know that's only going to lead to hairy, sitcom-like situations. 9:30 p.m., CBS.

TUESDAY: Unfortunately, excellent shows sometimes go ignored by the masses. That appears to be the fate of "Friday Night Lights," which thus far is struggling to find an audience. Tonight's episode has the citizens of Dillon up in arms after their beloved team loses to a school it was expected to stomp. Do yourself a favor and check it out. 8 p.m., NBC.

TUESDAY: "The Deadliest Plane Crash" is a new installment of NOVA that revisits the 1977 collision of two Boeing 747 airliners on a foggy runway in the Canary Islands. The disaster resulted in the deaths of 538 people and led to a number of mandated improvements in air safety. 8 p.m., PBS.

WEDNESDAY: The new season of "Lost" continues with an episode that finally lets us in on what happened to Locke, Eko and Desmond after the hatch went ka-boom. Meanwhile, Hurley reports back to camp with the sad news that fellow castaways Jack, Kate and Sawyer have been abducted by those sinister islanders known as the Others. 9 p.m., ABC.

WEDNESDAY: Tyler Perry ("Madea's Family Reunion") hosts the 2006 Black Movie Awards, an annual gala designed to celebrate past and present creative contributions in the cinema. Cicely Tyson and Laurence Fishburne are scheduled to receive special career honors and "Lady Sings the Blues," the big-screen Billie Holiday biography, gets inducted into the program's Hall of Fame. 10 p.m., TNT.

THURSDAY: Everyone knows the gal at the center of "Ugly Betty' could use some sartorial embellishments. But while her excited co-workers have a closet-cleaning, swag-hoarding day at Mode, she's too busy with other duties to participate. Adding to her woes is the fact that her father's health insurance has been cut off. 8 p.m., ABC.

THURSDAY: "After Innocence" is a documentary that tells the compelling story of seven men who were wrongfully imprisoned for decades and their struggles to rebuild their lives after being exonerated. The film raises important questions about human rights and society's moral obligation to the innocent. 8:30 p.m., Showtime.

FRIDAY: Things apparently are getting a bit too dangerous in "Las Vegas." As the series launches its fourth season, Big Ed is the victim of an armed attack that rattles the Montecito crew. Meanwhile, Derek is stunned to learn that Delinda has feelings for Danny. 9 p.m., NBC.

FRIDAY: In the latest episode of "Numb3rs," Megan struggles to figure out if the death of a man on an L.A. freeway can be attributed to a random act of road rage or is the work of a serial killer. As usual, Charlie performs some kind of mathematical gymnastics in an attempt to produce a theory. 10 p.m., CBS

SATURDAY: "Steven Wright: Live at the Elgin Theatre" is a new stand-up special starring the king of deadpan delivery. In addition to his latest ramblings, the hourlong program will feature several of the comedian's oddball songs, which are sure to be delivered in his lovely monotone. 9 p.m., Comedy Central.

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