Cable channel Chiller — the unappreciated stepchild of Syfy — is getting into the original-movie business, teeth first, with the zombie flick “Steve Niles’ Remains.”
The made-for-TV movie (airing 10 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 16) stars Lance Reddick (“The Wire”) and Tawny Cypress (“Heroes”).
“Remains” takes place in Reno, Nev., where a bizarre nuclear accident turns most humans into zombies. These creatures move faster than their screen cousins, grunt and even sleep.
A few residents are able to escape the change because they’re shielded from the rays.
But once the accident happens, Reno is thrown into chaos, with a few survivors taking refuge in a casino. Of course, as with any good zombie story, these survivors don’t get along.
Among the most combative are Tom (Grant Bowler) and Tori (Evalena Marie) — both strong-willed and wanting to do anything to get out of the casino and to safety.
Getting out won’t be easy, naturally.
Besides having dozens of zombies outside their door, the survivors also face a renegade group of strangers, armed with guns and reliable transportation, whose arrival seems suspicious.
Other highlights for the week of Dec. 11-17 (listings subject to change; check local listings):
“The Amazing Race” (8 p.m., CBS). The final three teams vie for the grand prize in the season finale.
“Big Cat Week” (8 p.m., Nat Geo Wild). This seven-day series of specials centers on exotic cats. First up: Naturalist Casey Anderson tracks mountain lions and shows us how they survive in the wild.
“12 Dates of Christmas” (8 p.m., ABC Family). A lonely woman (Amy Smart) keeps reliving the same date in this romantic, family-friendly take on “Groundhog Day.”
“Chuckmas” (8 p.m., Cooking Channel). Chef Chuck Hughes takes on the biggest challenge: Preparing a holiday meal for his family. Let’s hope the sequel isn’t titled “Up-Chuckmas.”
“Bag of Bones” (9 p.m., A&E). In this two-part, four-hour miniseries, a widower (Pierce Bronson) believes his wife’s death may be tied into the mysterious and supernatural happenings connected to a lake.
“The Hollywood Christmas Parade” (6 p.m., Hallmark Channel). Marie Osmond is the grand marshal. Her dimples are so big, that they have their own float.
“Fear Factor” (8 p.m., NBC). Grossness is back in season!
“Dirty Jobs” (9 p.m., Discovery Channel). Mike Rowe’s series about filthy occupations starts a new season. On Cinemax, this show would be called “Really Dirty Jobs.”
“Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year” (10 p.m., ABC). This is the19th annual compilation. The Kardashians make the list. That’s it! We’re officially out of fascinating people.
“The Year With Katie Couric” (9 p.m., ABC). Couric looks over the major news events that shaped global history during 2011.
“Impractical Jokers” (10 p.m., TruTV). It’s “Jackass” with middle-aged men — and that means they should know better.
“Christmas in Washington” (8 p.m., TNT). Conan O’Brien is host of this musical holiday celebration with guests Justin Bieber, Cee Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson and The Band Perry.
“WWE Salutes The Troops” (9 p.m., NBC). Top pro wrestlers roll around for the entertainment of the troops in Fayetteville, N.C.
“Christmas Comes To Canaan” (8 p.m., Hallmark Channel). Billy Ray Cyrus plays a widower whose new love interest pleases one of his children but not the other.