Kennedy Center Honors Kennedy Center Honors

Kennedy Center Honors
9/8c CBS
The 32nd annual gala, hosted by Caroline Kennedy, salutes Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert De Niro and Bruce Springsteen. The five diverse honorees are feted by a stellar lineup of performers and presenters, including Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, Sting, Matthew Broderick, Aretha Franklin, John Mellencamp, Carl Reiner, Jon Stewart, Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Melissa Etheridge, Herbie Hancock and Martin Short. The evening promises to be heavy on music, with four of the five honorees involved in either musical theater, opera, jazz or rock. — Tim Holland


8/7c PBS
Charles Darwin's theory of evolution left much unanswered, including how evolution works. Now, the science of evolutionary development is beginning to fill in the blanks via the study of embryo development and gene mutations. This doc deciphers the relatively new field of study, traveling to Darwin's old stomping grounds, the Galapagos Islands, as well as the Arctic, for answers, and looks back some half-a-billion years ago when the major animal groups first appeared. — Jeff Gemmill

10/9c ABC
With The Blind Side, Hollywood has already spoken on the subject of Michael Oher, a homeless Memphis kid who was taken in by a well-to-do suburban family and became a football star. So have the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, who drafted him. Tonight, 20/20 gives Oher and the couple who took him in, Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, a chance to tell their version of the feel-good story that has become a box-office hit. Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw, who play the Tuohys in the movie, are also interviewed. — Paul Droesch

Tabatha's Salon Takeover
10/9c Bravo
Here's Bravo's sole series-episode debut episode this week — Chef Academy, Launch My Line and The Real Housewives of Orange County have all taken holiday vacations, but they'll return next week with new shows. Tonight we have hair-parlor guru Tabatha Coffey, who gusts into the Windy City with gale-force determination to rescue a floundering salon. Hair-raising dramas will crop up when Tabatha contends with a head-butting absentee owner, a limp business model, an inefficient manager and staffers who aren't making the cut. — Dean Maurer

One Big Happy Family

9/8c TLC
The contestants on The Biggest Loser have it easy: They get to live on a ranch, surrounded by personal trainers 24/7. But in real life, it's not so easy to lose weight, as the subjects of this six-part series discover. In the opener, the morbidly obese Coles family goes on a quest to shed pounds after their youngest son, Shayne, gets a sobering health report. He needs to lose weight, pronto, and he can't do it without the help of his family. A second episode follows, as the Coles ditch junk food and begin a walking routine. — Angela Dalecki