By Chuck Barney Contra Costa Times
Best bet on TV this week:
“Barbara Walters Presents the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012”: Another year, more famous folk. And now it’s time for the veteran newswoman to tell us who was all that. Her list includes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E L James, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, actor-producer-director Ben Affleck, “Family Guy” mastermind Seth MacFarlane, and the wildly popular boy band One Direction. Who’s No. 1? You’ll have to watch to find out. 9:31 p.m.
Other stuff to watch:
Tuesday: On “Raising Hope,” an apocalyptic prophecy has Virginia (Martha Plimpton) convinced that the world will end on Dec. 21, so she turns to extreme couponing to stock up on supplies. Meanwhile, Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) tries to knock a few more items off her bucket list. 8 p.m., Fox.
Wednesday: On “Arrow,” Oliver (Stephen Amell) throws a family Christmas party in an attempt to return a sense of normalcy to the Queen household. Funny, there’s nothing “normal” about a guy who dresses up in a weird costume and shoots pointy objects at bad people. 8 p.m., The CW.
Thursday: Tonight’s holiday-themed “Glee” episode is a tribute to the 2003 film, “Love Actually.” We have no idea how it will turn out, but we predict that someone will sing a song or two. 9 p.m., Fox.
Friday: Yes, we’ve seen it something like, a thousand times, but “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is still a holly-jolly TV treat. It fact, you might even say it glows. 8 p.m., CBS.