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TV picks for the week of Nov. 29

Deck the walls with flat screen TVs, fa la la la la la la la la! Pay TV and network freebies, fa la la la la la la la la! Christmas is here, on television anyway. Here’s what caught my eye this week:

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James Cameron wants you to fight global warming by changing what you eat (+video)

There are few films more environmentally infused than the highest grossing one in history, “Avatar” - in which a highly militarized mining company seeks to exploit the resources of the rich forest world of Pandora. But less known is how the film’s director, James Cameron, has also used some of the money made from “Avatar” to champion an array of green causes, even as he’s also using clean energy to power the film’s three planned sequels.

Vincent ‘Don Vito’ Margera, reality TV star turned sex offender, dead at 59 (+video)

He was fat. He was slow. He was often intoxicated, and/or appeared to have a speech impediment. If it was an act, it didn’t seem like it. And if he was in on the joke - which ended in 2007, when he was found guilty of molesting two teenage girls and legally barred from portraying his reality TV “character” - it didn’t seem like it.

Movie review: ‘The Night Before’ is an instant Christmas classic: naughty, but nice (+video)

Directed by Jonathan Levine, “The Night Before” proves the stoner comedy and the holiday movie to be a surprisingly wonderful combination. An instant classic, the film features plenty of nice characters doing very naughty things to celebrate the season. But fortunately for audiences, this updated twist on seasonal cheer isn’t a lump of coal, with a warm-hearted message to be found amongst all the Christmas Eve mischief.

‘Empire’ and ‘Nashville’ have incredible songs on TV. Why is it hard to make them into real-life hits? (+video)

As everyone knows after 15 years of reality television, it’s incredibly difficult for people on singing competitions to make the jump to actual stardom. So in the age of musical dramas like ABC’s country soap “Nashville” and Fox’s hip-hop epic “Empire,” it raises the question: Is it any easier for singers on a scripted series?

‘Star Wars’ and the enduring appeal of Lando Calrissian (+video)

One of the great pleasures of “Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens” is the opportunity to see Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill reprise their iconic roles as Princess Leia, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. But one familiar face will be much missed: Billy Dee Williams isn’t slated to return in this installment as the rogue-turned-rebel Lando Calrissian (although he might be in future “Star Wars” films).