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February 16. 2013 10:50PM

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>> IT’S TV SEASON: Couch potatoes rejoice! No longer will you be forced to spend long hours outdoors in tedious sunshine enduring the horrors of nature. Fall TV season is here, and you can take it all in with your posterior securely glued in front of your television. NBC is rolling out its new fare this week, with premiers of the American Idol-inspired “The Voice,” on Monday. The “Modern Family” clones “The New Normal,” on Tuesday and “Guys with Kids,” on Wednesday. Ahhh. You can just smell the originality.

>> 1 UPS-MANSHIP: OK, so recycled TV sitcoms not your thing? But you still have a severe allergy to activity? Then Wednesday is your time to shine. It’s National Video Games Day, and if you need to ask how to celebrate the day, you’ve never cracked a Koopa skull in your life. Sit down, fire up the PS3, Xbox or your system of choice, and play yourself some video games. That’s how you celebrate. And remember, it’s not “Gave Over” until the Italian plumber sings.

>> CLOWN FISHING AROUND: In the world of movies, where remakes and reboots lurk around every corner, it should not be surprising that the “big” film coming up this Friday is a 3D re-release of a nine-year-old cartoon. But, considering that film is a Pixar classic, maybe it’s not such a bad thing. “Finding Nemo,” tells the epic, Shakespearean tale of a father’s quest for his lost son -- all done in shiny, bright happy colors. They’ll be forgetful blue fish, laid-back sea turtles, vegetarian sharks and Albert Brooks screaming “NEMO!” a lot.

>> REALITY, REDNECKS AND REVELATION: If you read the Bible, particularly Revelation, you will find a lot of symbolism portending the Apocalypse. There’s pestilence, famine, war, and, I suspect, a reference to a new reality show debuting this Saturday on CMT. On “Redneck Rehab,” family members stage an “intervention” to confront people who have “lost touch” with their redneck roots, and bring them back “into the fold.” Yes, that’s a real show. And further advancing the theory “Redneck Rehab” is another sign of Armageddon, the host is Tom Arnold. It’s on at 10 p.m., if you dare.

>> OH, MY GAWD!” In 2001, a Hollywood type came up with a movie idea about a blonde sorority queen who heads off to law school to win back her boyfriend. And “Legally Blonde” was born. Then, in 2007, a Broadway type decided to turn the movie into a musical, and the aptly-named “Legally Blonde: The Musical” was born. Now, it’s 2012, and Little Theater of Wilkes-Barre types have decided to perform “Legally Blonde.” The musical, not the film. If you want to check it out, the shows start this Saturday and Sunday.

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