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This weekend on TV: Comedy contest on TBS; weird singing contest on ABC

First Published Jun 20 2014 12:07PM      Last Updated Jun 20 2014 12:09 pm

(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)

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.

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"?

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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 ...

 

 

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