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THE LOST ROOM
6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17
The Sci-Fi Channel (Comcast Ch. 36)
n It took just one night to get us totally hooked on the Sci-Fi Channel’s miniseries “The Lost Room,” starring Peter Krause (“Six Feet Under”) as Pittsburgh detective Joe Miller. While investigating a bizarre murder, Miller finds a motel room key that, when used, opens any door in a mysterious motel room that might exist in another dimension. As he soon finds out, ordinary objects from the room, when brought to our world, have strange and even deadly powers. With his daughter (Elle Fanning, Dakota’s sister) trapped in the room, however, and on the run from cultlike object collectors, Miller soon joins forces with a murderer in order to get his child back. See the entire six-hour series here, in order.
BEST YEAR EVER
10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15
VH-1 (Comcast Ch. 56)
n One of our guilty pleasures of recent years has been VH-1’s “Best Week Ever.” A compendium of the week’s odd or amusing events in pop culture, with commentary by a panel of comedians — think “The Daily Show” without the pseudo-news shtick — it’s easily one of the funniest things on TV. Here, the gang from “Best Week Ever” does a two-hour wrapup of the year that was 2006. Bound to be tossed on the grill will be the Kevin Federline/Britney Spears breakup, Mel Gibson’s drunken anti-Semitic meltdown, and Michael “Cosmo Kramer” Richards’ N-bomb broadside at a Los Angeles comedy club.
GREAT BALLS OF FIRE (1989)
8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17
CMT (Comcast Ch. 58)
n In the annals of music history, there has rarely been a talent — or a character — like Jerry Lee Lewis. Lewis’ brash and ballsy showmanship put him on the fast track to rock ’n’ roll stardom in the 1950s. A stablemate of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash at Sam Phillips” Sun Records in Memphis, he was on his way to being the biggest light in the musical sky — scoring hits like “Whole Lotta Shakin’ ” and “Great Balls of Fire” — when, in 1958, the press got wind of Lewis’ marriage to his 13-year-old first cousin, Myra Gale Brown. From there, it was a long fall back to earth. In this bio-pic, which helped return an aging Lewis to the charts and to the public eye, Dennis Quaid plays the flamboyant showman, with Winona Ryder as his child bride.
— David Koon