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Around the remote: All-star cast fights for the British throne in ‘Hollow Crown’ on PBS

By Chuck Barney Tribune News Service

DON’T MISS: “The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses” – This lavish three-part follow-up to the award-winning 2012 production is based on Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” (Parts 1 and 2) and “Richard III.” An all-star cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench and Hugh Bonneville helps bring to life the bloody conflict between the Lancasters and Yorks in the 1400s for the English throne. Sunday, 8 p.m., KSPS; 9 p.m. KCDT.

Other bets

SUNDAY: “The Walking Dead” goes on hiatus after tonight’s midseason finale and we’re actually thrilled. Who, after all, doesn’t need a break from the oppression and brutality that evil Negan has wrought? 9 p.m., AMC.

SUNDAY: In the fall finale of “The Last Man on Earth,” Carol is bummed out over Gail’s absence, so Tandy tries to cheer her up with the honeymoon vacation they never had. You just know he’ll make a mess of it. 9:30 p.m., Fox.

MONDAY: And you thought “America’s Next Top Model” was dead. Nope. The modeling contest has been revived for another run with a new host – singer-actress Rita Ora. Time to start “smizing” again. 10 p.m., VH1.

TUESDAY: “The Voice” wraps up another season with a heavily padded two-hour finale. Maybe this time the winner will actually have some staying power. 9 p.m., NBC.

TUESDAY: Filmed at Pearl Harbor and hosted by Dwayne Johnson, “Rock the Troops” is a special that celebrates America’s military men and women. Featured: performances and appearances by Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Keegan Michael-Key, Rob Riggle, Terry Crews, Nick Jonas, Flo Rida and more. 9 p.m., Spike.

TUESDAY: On “The Real O’Neals,” Eileen will stop at nothing to win the Christmas choir competition, even if it means giving the coveted solo to the choir’s newest member, instead of her son, Kenny. Expect things to get ugly . and funny. 9:30 p.m., ABC.

WEDNESDAY: “A Pentatonix Christmas” is a special that has the popular vocal group spreading some holiday cheer and belting out some seasonal favorites. Joining them are Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson, 8 p.m., NBC.

WEDNESDAY: “Star” is a new music-infused drama from “Empire” creator Lee Daniels that follows a three-headed girl group (Jude Demorest, Brittany O’Grady and Ryan Destiny) trying to make it big in Atlanta. The cast also includes Queen Latifah. 9 p.m., Fox.

THURSDAY: Elvis Duran is our host for the “IHeartRadio Jingle Ball” from New York’s Madison Square Garden. The musical acts include Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Charlie Puth and many more. 8 p.m., The CW.

FRIDAY: Hold the snow and break out the sunblock. Olivia Newton-John is the grand marshal for the “85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade,” described by promoters as the “largest Christmas celebration in America.” 8 p.m., The CW.

SATURDAY: Casey Affleck, currently earning raves for his performance in “Manchester by the Sea,” makes his “Saturday Night Live” hosting debut. Serving as the night’s musical guest is Chance the Rapper. 11:30 p.m., NBC.