On TV this weekend
CMT Artists of the Year 2010, 8 p.m., CMT Kevin Costner helps honor Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and the Zac Brown Band by having other people sing to them for a change.
SERIES PREMIERE Gold Rush: Alaska, 10 p.m., Discovery Contrary to popular belief, this newbie is actually about six guys literally mining for gold, not an overview of the Palin family's recent media exploits.
Celebrity Holiday Homes, 8 p.m., HGTV Now you can feel bad that Sherri Shepherd, Brooke Burke and Trisha Yearwood all have nicer houses than you do.
Farewell Mr. Kringle, 8 p.m., Hallmark A jaded journalist learns the true meaning of Christmas in a fictional town called Mistletoe. That's right, the secret is to make it all up.
Celebrity Ghost Stories, 9 p.m., Bio Oh, come on, getting the guy from The Blair Witch Project doesn't even count.
VH1 Divas Salute the Troops, 9 p.m., VH1 Kathy Griffin hosts as Katy Perry, Keri Hilson, Nicki Minaj, Paramore and Sugarland perform for boys in uniform. The girls in uniform will have to wait their turn, huh?
SERIES PREMIERE The Hasselhoffs, 10 p.m., A&E David finally gives up on having a real career or being a true father figure by constantly poking fun at himself in a dull reality show. It's the new American Dream, folks.
SERIES PREMIERE Bama Belles, 10 p.m., TLC The rest of the country is apparently enamored with Dixie enough that a reality show full of Southern stereotypes got greenlit.
SEASON FINALE Boardwalk Empire, 10 p.m., HBO We'll have to wait and see if HBO has lost its crown for successful, historically accurate dramas to AMC.
SEASON FINALE The Walking Dead, 10 p.m., AMC As much as we love zombies (and seriously, that's a lot), it's hard not to notice this show has been pretty light on the flesh-eating and pretty heavy on the tense scenarios and purposeful looks. Let's knock over a gun shop, raid a grocery store and build a zombie-killing armored bus, already!
— Joshua Gillin firstname.lastname@example.org