On Tonight: People's Choice AwardsBy Roger Catlin - Hartford Courant’s “TV Eye” - Jan 5[All times are Easterrn.]
Queen Latifah hosts the 37th People's Choice Awards (CBS, 9 p.m.), honoring movies, music and TV, where some of its categories are Favorite TV Family and Favorite TV Doctor and Favorite TV Chef. True, it is under the category of "Favorite TV Guilty Pleasure" along with "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and "The Real Housewives of New Jersey," two other shows that would never otherwise be mentioned in an awards show.
But hey, this one is about the people, where there's a category for Favorite TV Family and Favorite TV Doctor and Favorite TV Chef, as well as categories for movies and music. Queen Latifah hosts.
In the quasi-spiritual "Miracle Detectives" (OWN, 10 p.m.), the two person team - one a believer, one not - try to find explanations for everyday miracles, such as the guy who survived being mowed down by a train. It's brought to you by Oprah's new network.
Some of the Discovery Health shows displaced by her OWN network are premiering this week as well including "Mystery Diagnosis" (OWN, 9 p.m.). Go to own.com to find what channel it can be found on your cable system.
In its season premiere, "Ghost Hunters International" (Syfy, 9 p.m.) takes a Shakesperean turn in its season premiere, looking into the possibility of a ghost at Elisore Castle, 400 years after Hamlet sat around fondling the skull of Yorik.
There's a literary bent too in the rerun of "Ghost Hunters" (Syfy, 10 p.m.) episode on the Edith Wharton home in Lenox, Mass.
A performance of Donizetti's comic opera "Don Pasquale" with soprano Anna Netrebko, kicks off the fifth season of "Great Performances at the Met"(PBS, 9 p.m.).
Pushing two episodes together makes for two-hour events tonight for "Human Target"(Fox, 8 p.m.) and the return of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 9 p.m.).
Ice T is making so many episodes (100!) at such a breakneck speed that "Are We There Yet?" (TBS, 10 and 10:30 p.m.) comes at us two episodes at a time.
If you like the breathtaking scenery but can't stomach its former governor, "Flying Wild Alaska" (Discovery, 9 p.m.) is a 10 episode series about a family-run airline in Unalakleet that is virtually Palin-free.
Computer animation recounts the "Greatest Tank Battles" (Military, 10 p.m.).
"24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHL Winter Classic" (HBO, 10 p.m.) winds up its four-episode season with the final preparations for the Winter Classic in Pittsburgh, which encountered a last minute time change before it was played Saturday before the biggest TV audience for the NHL in four years.
"The Ben Stiller Show" (IFC, 10:30 p.m.) returns in reruns, 21 years after it first appeared. A more serious Stiller does good work in the Noah Baumbach film"Greenberg" (Cinemax, 10 p.m.).
Paula Abdul's "Live to Dance" (CBS, 8 p.m.) runs twice a week, so there are some more auditions to deal with tonight.
Here's a bad idea for a news organization to take on: "Primetime: Celebrity Weight Loss - What Really Happens" (ABC, 10 p.m.).
It's the 10th and final season for "Ace of Cakes" (Food, 10 p.m.) and the season premiere starts off with an assignment from the U.S. Open.
Let's hear it for the music teachers tonight on Turner Classic Movies, with "Mr. Holland's Opus" (8 p.m.), "An Affair to Remember" (10:30 p.m.), "Kiss Me, Stupid" (12:45 a.m.), "They Shall Have Music" (3 a.m.) and "Let's Make Music" (5 p.m.).
Don't forget the all-day "Little Rascals" marathon on TCM until 8 p.m.
In men's college basketball, it's Alabama-Birmingham at Duke (ESPN2, 7 p.m.) and Memphis at Tennessee (ESPN2, 9 p.m.).
In NBA action, it's Lakers at Suns (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.).Daytime Talk
Regis and Kelly: Kevin Spacey. The View: Liam Neeson, Vryant Renfroe (rerun).
The Talk: Gayle King, Carson Kressley.
Ellen DeGeneres: Nicole "Snoki" Polizzi, Macy Gray, Savannah Keyes.
Wendy Williams: Macy Gray, Joanna Lumley.Late Talk
David Letterman: Jennifer Connelly, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Justin Townes Earle.
Jay Leno: Jamie Foxx, Leighton Meester.
Jimmy Kimmel: Simon Baker, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Lloyd Banks.
Jimmy Fallon: Tim McGraw, Emmy Rossum, the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.
Craig Ferguson: Henry Winkler, Paula Deen.
Carson Daly: Frank Darabont, Matt Sax, Ra Ra Riot (rerun).
Jon Stewart: Jimmy Wales. Stephen Colbert: Atul Gawande.
Conan O'Brien: Kourtney, Kim & Khloe Kardashian, Kevin Nealon, Deerhunter.
George Lopez: Denzel Washington, Hilary Duff, Russell Peters.
Chelsea Handler: Kevin Spacey, Chris Franjola, Whitney Cummings, Michael Yohttp://blogs.courant.com/roger_catli...peop.html#more