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Posted: Sunday, October 9, 2011 6:30 am | Updated: 12:38 am, Mon Oct 24, 2011.

Shortly after his sitcom "Workaholics" became a hit this year, comic Adam DeVine was offered a dare -- to eat a doughnut from a toilet for $500.

Stupidly, he took it.

"As soon as I did it, I tipped the bartender and the waitresses (at the restaurant). It was great," DeVine said.

"Then, I got sick."

And he stayed sick for three weeks.

Of course, now he knows it wasn't such a good idea. But still, he says, "It does make for a pretty good story to tell people."

Such impulsiveness also works for the character of Adam Demamp, the fun-loving telemarketer DeVine plays on "Workaholics" (10:30 p.m. EDT Tuesdays, Comedy Central). Demamp works side by side with his best pals: the eccentric Blake (Blake Anderson) and the more sensible Anders (Anders Holm).

They share the same work cubicle (where hardly any real work ever gets done) and the same house (where sloth is the order of the day).

In real life, DeVine, Anderson and Holm are more ambitious. As the act Mail Order Comedy, they made short videos for the Internet and caught the eye of cable-TV executives. From there, "Workaholics" -- loosely based on their lives -- was born.

These days, the three have their own offices, write each week's episodes, star in almost every scene and are in charge of one of the most successful series Comedy Central has launched this year.

"Workaholics" is a particular hit with men ages 18-24, one of the tougher demographics for a cable network to attract. Holm thinks those fans like the characters' brashness and outrageousness.

Anderson, a former pizza deliverer, notes: "I started realizing we were a hit when people started quoting lines from the show. I couldn't believe it."

For Anderson, success has opened up more acting opportunities -- such as a guest role on "Entourage." DeVine is slated to shoot his first major feature film later this year, a college comedy.

Recently married, Holm is seeing the more practical side to newfound fame. "It's been a way to get all my debt paid off," he says. "That always feels good."

Other highlights for the week of Oct. 9-15 (listings subject to change; check local listings):

SUNDAY

-- "Six Days To Air: The Making of 'South Park'" (10 p.m., Comedy Central). Just how does an episode of "South Park" get on the air and stay so topical? It's all done, virtually, at the last (and very harried) minute, as this new behind-the-scenes documentary reveals.

-- "Breaking Bad" (10 p.m., AMC). Ending the show's best season to date, Walt and Jesse (Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul) square off against Gus, paving the way for new directions.

MONDAY

-- "Five" (9 p.m., Lifetime). Five short films -- directed by Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore, Patty Jenkins and Penelope Spheeris -- tell the stories of the impact of breast cancer on people's lives.

-- "Enlightened" (9:30 p.m., HBO). In the pilot for this new half-hour comedy-drama, Laura Dern plays a stressed-out employee who tries to reinvent herself -- unsuccessfully -- after the corporation for which she works tramples on her.

-- "DISconnected" (9 p.m., MTV). This TV movie profiles strangers whose irresponsible use of the Internet dramatically influences their offline lives in ways they never expected.

TUESDAY

-- "Last Man Standing" (8 p.m., ABC). Tim Allen is back to reclaim his former "Home Improvement" glory with this sitcom about a sexist father who tries to stand firm in a house filled with women.

-- "Chelsea Settles" (11 p.m., MTV). The cable channel's new reality show focuses on an ambitious college student who moves to Los Angeles to work in the fashion industry but finds that her independence comes with an emotional price.

WEDNESDAY

-- "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist" (9 p.m., Bravo). As a new season of this competition begins, contestants use pieces of "bad" art to try and whip up a masterpiece. Fourteen hopefuls strive for the top prize: a Brooklyn Museum solo show and $100,000.

THURSDAY

-- "The Office" (9 p.m., NBC). An hourlong episode has Andy (Ed Helms) trying to impress his boss with a garden party, only to have an employee and his own family (including guest star Josh Groban) ruin the event.

FRIDAY

-- "Bite of the Living Dead" (8 p.m., Animal Planet). Getting into the Halloween spirit early, this episode looks at two people bitten by a snake, but only one survives, leaving the questions as why.

SATURDAY

-- "30 Days of Night: Dark Days" (9 p.m., SyFy). The sequel to "30 Days of Night" moves the story to Los Angeles, where a vengeful woman vows to take on the vampires.

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