Blake Edwards Tribute (Monday, 8/7c, TCM)
Turner Classic Movies pays homage to the late filmmaker, who died earlier this month, with a five-film festival featuring several of his most iconic movies: Breakfast at Tiffany's, starring the divine Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly; Days of Wine and Roses, starring Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick as an alcholic couple; The Pink Panther, the comedy that introduced the world to Peter Sellers' bumbling Inspector Clouseau; and Victor/Victoria, Edwards' last great success, starring his wife Julie Andrews in a comedy about gender and sexual confusion and Le Jazz Hot. Andrews, Robert Preston and Lesley Ann Warren were all nominated for Oscars.
Kennedy Center Honors (Tuesday, 9/8c, CBS)
Always one of the year's classiest nights of TV, the 33rd annual salute to pop-culture luminaries includes tributes to Paul McCartney (with performances by No Doubt, Dave Grohl and Norah Jones, Steven Tyler — doing an Abbey Road medley — and James Taylor joined by Mavis Staples) and Oprah Winfrey, whose praises are sung by Julia Roberts, Sidney Poitier, John Travolta. Barbara Walters and Chris Rock, with actual singing by Jennifer Hudson. Broadway legend Jerry Herman, country star Merle Haggard and groundbreaking choreographer Bill T. Jones are the other honorees.
Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On (Friday, 9/8c, HBO)
Want a little something different in your New Year's Eve entertainment? Check out The Divine Miss M's first HBO special since 1997, taped at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas during her sold-out run. It's a brassy, bawdy medley of her biggest hits and her dirtiest jokes. Later in the night, you have your choices of channels on which to welcome in the new year. Among the options: ABC's classic New Year's Rockin' Eve, with Ryan Seacrest hosting a lineup including Ke$ha and Taio Cruz from Times Square and Fergie hosting from L.A.; on Fox, New Year's Eve Live hosted by Nancy O'Dell with performances from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas; Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin working their magic from Times Square on CNN; and, if guilty pleasures are your thing, MTV's New Year's Bash 2011 hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings, with the threat of Jersey Shore's Snooki being lowered in a ball to MTV's rooftop deck while the rest of her buds attempt to set a Guinness World Record in fist-pumping.
Primeval (Saturday, 9/8c, BBC America)
Rescued from cancellation thanks to an infusion of resources from BBC Worldwide, this enjoyable sci-fi monster mash returns for a fourth season, with episodes airing the same day as they premiere in the U.K. The new season picks up nearly a year after last season ended, with the ARC (Anomaly Research Center) team still trapped back in the Cretaceous period, and a new group of specialists installed under the leadership of scientist Philip Burton (Star Trek: DS9's Alexander Siddig). When Abby and Connon re-emerge from the past, they have a giant Spinosaurus on their tail, and the new ARC team must prove themselves a match for the prehistoric beast. Sounds like as good a way as any to start the new TV year.
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