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Around the Remote: Walters returns for ‘Most Fascinating’

Chuck Barney Tribune News Service

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“Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014”: Apparently, Walters isn’t quite done with TV just yet. After “retiring” from on-camera work in May, the 85-year-old journalist returns with the 20th edition of her perennially high-rated special. The guest list includes Taylor Swift, Chelsea Handler, Neil Patrick Harris, Scarlett Johansson and Oprah Winfrey. 9 p.m. Sunday, ABC.

Other bets

SUNDAY: In “White House Christmas 2014,” host Genevieve Gorder gives us a peek inside the president’s crib as it’s decorated for the holidays. Something tells us it will be a tad more fancy than our digs. 8 p.m., HGTV.

SUNDAY: Season 6 of “Undercover Boss” begins with True Value president and CEO John Hartmann embedding himself in his hardware company. He’s stunned to learn that an employee is spewing inappropriate pickup lines while working. We say: Drop the hammer, John! 8 p.m., CBS.

MONDAY: Because America’s recording artists just do not have enough trophies in their cases, TV gives us the American Country Countdown Awards. This one celebrates country music’s biggest stars based on album sales and radio airplay. 8 p.m., Fox.

MONDAY: “Ascension” is a spaced-out miniseries about a covert starship voyage launched by the U.S. government. When a woman mysteriously turns up dead, the passengers begin to question the true nature of their mission. 9 p.m., Syfy.

TUESDAY: Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) lends his voice to the title character in “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas.” It’s a new animated special inspired by the 2003 Will Ferrell feature film. 8 p.m., NBC.

TUESDAY: “Real World” just refuses to die. The venerable reality franchise launches its 30th season with “Real World: Skeletons.” The twist this time is that all the cast members are hiding a dark secret. 10 p.m., MTV.

WEDNESDAY: “Michael Buble’s Christmas in New York” is a festive special that has the Canadian crooner getting into the holiday spirit with Barbra Streisand, Ariana Grande and the biggest diva of ’em all – Miss Piggy. 8 p.m., NBC.

WEDNESDAY: The bickering, back-stabbing and blindsides come to a merciful end as “Survivor: San Juan del Sur” wraps up its season. Some lucky player will have a million extra bucks to spend on holiday gifts. 8 p.m., CBS.

THURSDAY: Can you handle the truthiness? Sadly, “The Colbert Report” closes out its hilarious late-night run as our host begins preparing to take over for David Letterman. 11:30 p.m., Comedy Central.

FRIDAY: The 16th annual “A Home for the Holidays” special has guests such as Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee and the rock group Train shining a spotlight on foster care. 9 p.m., CBS.

SATURDAY: You’ll score points with your teen daughters if you let them know that One Direction will be the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live.” And, oh yeah, Amy Adams will host. 11:29 p.m., NBC.

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