Eight sexy strangers arrive in the nation's capital and promptly check out their posh new pad — and one another — as the seminal reality series launches its 23rd season. The D.C. cast includes Ty, a former foster child from Baltimore; outspoken Ashley, who was an Obama delegate; Mike, a bisexual environmentalist from Colorado; and Emily, a Midwesterner who's skeptical of religion after breaking from the fundamentalist Christian cult in which she was raised. — Karen Andzejewicz
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown
Although not a holiday perennial like A Charlie Brown Christmas, this 1986 special is charming. Charlie Brown rings in the New Year at a party with a thick book: Tolstoy's "War and Peace," which he has to read over the holidays. Still, Charlie takes part in some of the festivities before he settles down to read — only to miss the evening's surprise.
Much like her music, this film about "Godmother of Punk" Patti Smith mixes the arty with the profane. Shot over the course of 11 years, it shows her returning to the Michigan home she shared with her late husband, legendary MC5 guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith, reminiscing about her friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and recalling her late brother Todd. Of course, it also includes intoxicating performances (and parts of performances) of such Smith staples as "Gloria," "My Generation" and "Land: Horses." — Jeff Gemmill
Tomorrow night in Times Square, the ball will drop, heralding the arrival of 2010. Dropping tonight from ABC studios in the crossroads of the world is a hammer. Or at least a "Bernie" (as in Madoff). These "awards" for misbehavior are bestowed on politicians, business executives and celebrities by Nightline and ABC investigative reporter Brian Ross. There's also a "Big Bernie" for overall egregiousness. Don't look for too many winners to accept their Bernies in person. — Paul Droesch
Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura
Shh! It's a secret society! But with Jesse Ventura on the job, that secret's about to be blown wide open. With his no-nonsense approach, the former Minnesota governor continues to investigate some of the biggest conspiracy theories out there. Tonight, he focuses on the Bilderberg Group, an international club of elite people bent on world domination. Their alleged weapon of choice? The use of disease and vaccines to control the population. — Rhoda Charles
Tonight's TV Hot List: Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009