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A Batman Cartoon Tops This Week's Picks

TOP PICK

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

(Cartoon Network)

It's been a great year for the Caped Crusader: First, he pulverized every superhero movie ever made with The Dark Knight, then he starred in one of the year's best videogames (Lego Batman) and now he's got a brand-new animated TV show. The weekly series - premiering at 8 p.m. Friday - pairs Batman with comic-book faves like Green Arrow, Aquaman and, this week, Blue Beetle. Pow!

VIDEOGAME

Fable II

(Microsoft)

This totally engaging RPG (for the Xbox 360) opens a medieval world where every decision will come back to haunt (or reward) you. Wanna give the town drunk that bottle of booze you just recovered? Go ahead, but you might piss off his nagging wife. Later on, you can settle down with a wife and kids … or you can just roam the countryside in search of some ass to kick. One of the year's best.

TV

Ricky Gervais: Out of England - The Stand-Up Special

(HBO)

The creator and star of The Office and Extras grabs the crown of Funniest Man on the Planet with this recent N.Y.C. gig based on his British stage shows. Gervais riffs on fat people, stupid people and nursery rhymes (his takes are way more hilarious than Andrew "Dice" Clay's). He also manages to find the funny in autism, AIDS and the Holocaust. It premieres at 9 p.m. Saturday.

DVD

The Sarah Silverman Program: Season Two, Volume One

(Comedy Central)

The Funniest Woman on the Planet gathers six episodes from the second season of her TV show on this two-disc set. She joins a pro-life group, paints her face black and dates God. Meanwhile, her gay neighbors question their gayness and listen to the Spin Doctors. Best: Sarah licks her dog's ass, just to see what the big deal is, and becomes the target of an irate animal-rights group.

VIDEOGAME

SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation

(Sony Computer Entertainment America)

The combat series' latest entry (for the PlayStation 3) is a multiplayer-only outing, but that's OK, since the game has always been about teamwork anyway. A bundled Bluetooth headset makes online campaigns all the more realistic, as gamers maneuver and navigate forces through intense battlefields. Plus, the levels look great. You'll be sweating under pressure in no time.

mgallucci@clevescene.com

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