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On TV this week, Dec. 29-Jan. 2

On TV this week


Tin Man, 7 p.m., Sci-Fi A twisted take on the twisted original. Zooey Deschanel takes on Dorothy as D.G., who is on the lookout for the Mystic Man, a.k.a. Richard Dreyfuss. We wonder if those flying monkeys are back.

Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven, 8 p.m., HBO The famed New York restaurant gets the documentary treatment as it moves to East 58th Street. You won't be able to get a table there, either.

Greatest Holiday Moments: Hilarious Home Video Countdown, 8 p.m., NBC Watch video clips to distract yourself into thinking it's cute when someone else's cat pulls the Christmas tree over and destroys half the presents.


Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, 8 p.m., ABC This 1986 take on the round-headed kid is kinda meh, but it will help you feel better about when to decide to bail on whatever New Year's Eve party you've got planned for Wednesday. You could be at home reading War and Peace like Chuck has to.

Rudolph's Shiny New Year, 8:30 p.m., ABC Why Rudolph, a whale and a caveman were needed to go find the New Year baby is anyone's guess. And they say today's stoner humor is off kilter.

31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors, 9 p.m., CBS Morgan Freeman, country singer George Jones, choreographer Twyla Tharp, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of the Who, and Barbra Streisand all get the treatment, while Caroline Kennedy returns as host. Doesn't she have anything more important to do this year?


Live From Lincoln Center, 8 p.m., PBS Hey, let's stay classy as we ring in 2009. Lorin Maazel, in his last act as musical director, conducts the New York Philharmonic's New Year's celebration with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham performing opera favorites (favorites?) as Renee Fleming hosts the telecast.

NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly, 10 p.m., NBC Or forget all that culture and check out Guy Lombardo's replacement to fight with Ryan Seacrest.

New Year's Eve Live, 11 p.m., Fox The best thing about this is that when we're done watching Times Square's shindig at midnight, we can turn to this to see what's happening in Vegas.

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest, 11:30 p.m., ABC And of course, this is the undisputed king of the Eve, although Seacrest's name is officially sharing the title now. It'll always be your show, Dick.


Rose Parade 2009, 11 a.m., HGTV This is likely the best hangover cure, because with Cloris Leachman as the grand marshal, you'll really want to get off the couch and do something else. At least there's no commercials. Of course, there's always football.

SERIES PREMIERE Dear Genevieve, 1 p.m., HGTV And speaking of football, all those sports widows will want to check out Trading Spaces alumna Genevieve Gorder's new show about decorating the house. Hey, you want a bowl game schedule, go look in the sports section.


Stargate Atlantis, 9 p.m., Sci-Fi This series is soooo almost over, that this next-to-last episode is set in an alternate reality. Are all the stories really gone, guys?

How Art Made the World, 10 p.m., PBS It's time to explore film, which is just the combination of images and sound. You didn't know that was art, did you?

— Joshua Gillin

To do today

Derrick Trucks: Still riding on glowing reviews for performances at Bonnaroo and other rock festivals, the Jacksonville native is beloved to Tampa Bay area audiences since he was a preteen sensation playing at Skipper's Smokehouse. He has now gained a reputation as one of his generation's most accomplished guitarists. Check him out with his equally talented wife, Susan Tedeschi, at the Soul Stew Revival at 7:30 p.m. at the Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. Tickets are $36.50-$56.50. (813) 274-8286;

Paul Rodriguez: The funny man who paved the way for Latin comics like George Lopez will perform at 8 p.m. in the ballroom of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 5223 N Orient Road, Tampa. $50. General admission only. Show contains mature content. Ages 18 and up. Get details at (813) 627-7625 or

NBC's Last Comic Standing Tour: See the five finalists from the NBC reality show. It was shortened by the Olympics this year so you may not have heard a woman finally won it all. The dishy but tough Iliza Schlesinger is headlining with Marcus, Jeff Dye, Louis Ramey and Jim Tavare at 8 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $29.50. (727) 791-7400.

Tiesto: The Dutch DJ's chilling remix of Delerium's/Sarah McLachlan's Silence propelled him to international stardom in the early 2000s and took electronic dance to new heights. Tiesto is currently on the hot Maroon 5 remix collection Call and Response. See him working behind the table at 8 p.m. at Green Iguana, 9202 Anderson Road, Tampa. $40-$45. (813) 288-9076.

On TV this week, Dec. 29-Jan. 2 12/28/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 2:35pm]
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