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Posted: Sunday, February 6, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 9:43 am, Sun Feb 6, 2011.

Call it the prime-time version of overtime.

While the week's most-watched event will be Super Bowl XLV (starting at 4 p.m. today, Fox), with the Green Bay Packers vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers, the game doesn't stop there.

Following that will be a special installment of "Glee" (estimated to start around 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox), which will feature a production number set to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." It took hours to perfect and was shot on a football field.

"I was ... dressed like a zombie, looking like Bette Midler in ‘Hocus Pocus,' running around singing ‘Thriller' ... I'm looking around. I was very tired," "Glee" star Lea Michele said of shooting the number.

"But at the end of the day, you know, it's like, ‘Oh, my God. Who gets to do this kind of stuff?' As tired as we are, when I look around and I look at what we're doing, it's so worth it."

Heather Morris likes how the plot twists for her character, the dimwitted cheerleader Brittany.

"I have a lot of funny stuff on that episode," said Morris, who's emerged as quite a scene-stealer on the series. "Sue (Sylvester) tries to shoot (Brittany) out of a cannon."

When the idea is shot down - pardon the pun - Sue (Jane Lynch) goes on a rampage, tearing up her boss' office. "She has a real fit," Lynch said.

Besides "Glee," the week also will witness the series finale of "Friday Night Lights" - if you've got DirecTV. The satellite provider has been running the fifth and last season of the acclaimed drama at 9 p.m. Wednesdays on Channel 101. (Don't fret, fans: NBC will run the same season later this year).

"Lights" actress Aimee Teegarden says fans of Julie and Matt will be pleased with how the finale deals with those characters. "I don't want to give away too much, but I think they will like what they see," she said recently.

The finale will see the future from the eyes of Julie and then "it branches out to see what happens to (other characters) in the (following) days, weeks, months and years," she says. But unlike "Six Feet Under," which did a similar finale twist with visions of the future, the ending of "Lights" won't be so "scattered," she said.

Other highlights for the week of Feb. 6-12. Check local listings:

SUNDAY

"Big Love" (10 p.m., HBO). The sister-wives are all up in arms during their husband's swearing-in ceremony.

"Hannah Montana Forever" (10:30 p.m., Disney Channel). If you missed the series finale or want to check it out again, here it is: Miley has to choose between going to college and being an ordinary girl or remaining a pop star.

MONDAY

"The Chicago Code" (8 p.m., Fox). Apparently, Chicago has some corruption on its police force, and this new scripted drama starring Jennifer Beals and created by Shawn Ryan ("The Shield") taps into it.

"Lizard Lick Towing" (11 p.m., truTV). Finally, we have a reality show about folks with a tow-truck company. What took so long?

TUESDAY

"Only in America" (10 p.m., History). Larry the Cable Guy goes to the underbelly of modern America to rediscover the country's roots.

"Traffic Light" (8:30 p.m., Fox). Three college friends are trying to grow up - and it's about time - in this sitcom about men vs. relationships.

"My Life As Liz" (midnight, MTV). Liz is a Texas girl who is a fish out of water when she goes to art school in New York City. Without a bull to wrestle, she is totally lost.

WEDNESDAY

"Live to Dance" (7 p.m., CBS). Paula Abdul's dance-talent-search series names a winner, and the world is a happier place for it. (Not really.)

"Mr. Sunshine" (8:30 p.m., ABC). Former "Friends" star Matthew Perry is back as a harried manager of a civic coliseum. It doesn't sound exciting until you see the weird acts he books.

THURSDAY

"Parks and Recreation" (8:30 p.m., NBC). Tom (Aziz Ansari) decides to get revenge on Ron by dating Ron's manipulative ex-wife (Megan Mullally).

SATURDAY

"Rock Docs: Lemmy" (12:30 a.m., VH1). Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is in the spotlight of this documentary that explores his wild backstage life and the music it influences.

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