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(Key Lewis was the winner of the 2013 Rocky Mountain Laugh Off at Wise Guys in West Valley City; he's one of 10 comics competing on TBS' "Funniest Wins." Courtesy photo)
This weekend on TV: Comedy contest on TBS; weird singing contest on ABC

The comedy competition Funniest Wins premieres tonight (Friday, 8 p.m., TBS), and one of the contestants has a local tie.

Californian Key Lewis was the winner of the 2013 Rocky Mountain Laugh Off at Wise Guys in West Valley City; he's one of 10 comics competing on "Funniest Wins," which is hosted by Marlon Wayans.

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Also this weekend, ABC's Rising Star (Sunday, 8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4)" promises to "completely reinvent the traditional singing competition" because viewers can vote via an App in real time to determine who advances.

Except that this only wor

ks in the time zones where the program airs live - so it leaves those of us in the Mountain Time Zone and further west out. So ... who cares about "Rising Star"?

Friday on TV ...

Continuum (8 p.m., Syfy): Kiera and John Doe try to put an end to the Freelancers.

Crossbones (9 p.m., NBC/Ch. 5): Blackbeard and Lowe team up to rescue Kate.

American Masters (9 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): A profile of ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq (1929-2000), who was a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet until stricken with polio at age 27 in 1956.

Saturday n TV ...

Power (7, 8:05 and 10 p.m., Starz): The rift between Ghost and Tasha intensifies

Orphan Black (7 and 10 p.m., BBC America): In the Season 2 finale, the Clone Club springs into action to save Sarah.

The Assets (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): ABC starts burning off episodes of this canceled spy drama.

Almost Royal (8 and 8:30 p.m., BBC America): Two young British aristocrats visit America in this new reality series.

Sunday on TV ...

Wipeout (6 and 7 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): Season 7 of this goofy game show begins.

Enlisted (6 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13): The Hill brothers commemorate the first anniversary of Pete almost dying in Afghanistan.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (6 and 9 p.m., Hallmark): In the first-season finale, Norman meets his grandmother for the first time.

Drop Dead Diva (7 and 11 p.m., Lifetime): In the series finale, Owen and Kim try to persuade Jane to break up with Ian.

The Last Ship (7 and 9:06 p.m., TNT): Premiere of this entertaining new series about a U.S. Navy ship that is about the only place that has not been touched by a worldwide plague that has killed most of the world's population.

Rising Star (8 p.m., ABC/Ch. 4): The big thing about this new singing competition is that viewers are able to vote while the competition is taking place. But that lets out anyone in this time zone, so ... who cares?

Masterpice Mystery (8 p.m., PBS/Ch. 7): In the conclusion of "The Escape Artist," Burton finds the tables turned as Gardner defends Foyle and he strives to prove the man's guilt.

Halt and Catch Fire (8 and 10 p.m., AMC): Who's in charge at Cardiff Electric?

Devious Maids (8 and 9 p.m., Lifetime): Under the influence of painkillers, Nicholas reveals a shocking secret.

Falling Skies (8:03 p.m., TNT): In the Season 4 premiere, the 2nd Mass is under brutal attack by a new Espheni war machine.

True Blood (10 p.m., HBO): In the seventh (and final) season premiere, a gruesome attack by a band of H-vamps throws Bon Temps into chaos

Nurse Jackie (10 p.m., Showtime): Jackie reluctantly attends Kevin's wedding.

Sister Wives (10 p.m., TLC): Meri goes to Utah to reunite with a childhood friend.

Californication (10:30 p.m., Showtime): "Santa Monica Cop" tanks in the ratings.



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