On TV this week
Super Carrier: Hi-Tech Superlaunch, 9 p.m., NatGeo Because now that Christmas is over, we want to learn all about the new and interesting ways our tax dollars are used to kill people.
Cake Boss: Next Great Baker, 9 p.m., TLC Buddy wants the bakers to make cakes that move and smoke and shoot sparks. You know, something simple.
SEASON FINALE Rizzoli & Isles, 10 p.m., TNT Billy Burke shows up to try to win back Angie Harmon. Jason Sehorn will have a problem with that.
Boxing's Best of 2011, 11 p.m., HBO A retrospective on the year's best boxing matches. Like when that Russian guy fought that one dude. Or the two skinny guys got all bloodied and battered. You know, those guys.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 8 p.m., TCM Mashed potatoes and Wyoming and Richard Dreyfuss. It's still a lot of fun, especially when you insist to people who don't know better that there were two movies before this one.
SERIES PREMIERE Texas Multi Mamas, 8 p.m., WE This is like a Real Housewives series, but with women who have twins and triplets, so the drama is multiplied accordingly.
The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, 9 p.m., CBS Singer Neil Diamond, movie actress Meryl Streep, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, saxophonist Sonny Rollins and Broadway actress Barbara Cook are on the roster this year, covering the EGOT bases.
SERIES PREMIERE Extreme Couponing All-Stars, 10 p.m., TLC The coupon-crazed compete to see who is best at getting $500 worth of groceries for the least amount.
Up All Night, 8 p.m., NBC It's Amy's first Christmas, so of course Reagan and Chris want it to be memorable. Never mind the kid won't remember one second of it.
Extreme Cheapskates, 9 p.m., TLC There are more ways to save money than that extreme couponing stuff. Check out how these folks save cash. For instance: Did you know your newspaper makes great insulation?
Felipe Esparza: They're Not Going to Laugh at You, 10 p.m., Showtime The season 7 winner of Last Comic Standing shows he's still good enough to get his own special.
Toddlers & Tiaras, 10 p.m., TLC Every week it's harder and harder to deal with the fact that there are so … many … people … who do this sort of thing. Please, let it end.
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, 8 p.m., ABC This special about Chuck having to write a report for school over New Year's Eve has been out since 1986, but we forget about it every year. That's not really a good sign.
HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway 2011, 8 p.m., HGTV Vern Yip shows a Baltimore woman her new apartment at Trump Tower in Chicago. Indeed, moving from Baltimore to Chicago really is an improvement!
SERIES PREMIERE Three Inches, 9 p.m., SyFy A guy is struck by lightning and can then move things with his mind — but only a short distance. So he joins up with a bunch of jags with super powers who also are lacking.
SEASON PREMIERE NY Ink, 9 p.m., TLC Ami James from Miami Ink has another season in SoHo, so we're guessing the tattoo parlor is surviving.
SERIES PREMIERE Hook, Line and Sisters. 10 p.m., TLC Two girls from an Alaskan deep-sea fishing family keep the legend of Alaskan superiority alive.
SEASON PREMIERE Infested!, 9 p.m., Animal Planet A family has to deal with a roach infestation making its way over from a neighbor's house. That's what arson is for.
Confessions: Animal Hoarding, 10 p.m., Animal Planet A woman who suffered head trauma thinks she's been called to care for 200 cats and 10 raccoons. Wait until she's called to take care of dogs, too.
Starving Secrets With Tracey Gold, 11 p.m, Lifetime A woman who lost 200 pounds in 18 months is in danger of killing herself. Or getting an infomercial on Lifetime.
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org