TV tonight: 'Ben and Kate,' 'Kennedy Center Honors'
Posted December 25, 2012
Ben and Kate
Fox, 8 ET/PT
Fox is turning over its evening to a four-episode Ben and Kate marathon. It's a cute show that has the potential to develop into something better - but that doesn't necessarily mean it will benefit from this kind of concentrated viewing. True, it might gain the show some new viewers, but it might also convince a few that too many of the episodes look too much alike.
ABC, 8 ET/PT
TV's top traditional family comedy jumps back a holiday to repeat its Thanksgiving episode. It's a good outing, though for some, Frankie's nervous behavior will be more nerve-wracking than amusing. But either way, the show really would have been better served by repeating its Christmas episode, which was an instant classic. If you haven't yet seen Brick in his Christmas pageant debut, find some way to do so.
Kennedy Center Honors
CBS, 9 ET/PT
TV's classiest-by-far awards show - the only such show to honor all of the performing arts - returns for its annual run. This year's honorees are Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, bluesman Buddy Guy, ballerina Natalia Makarova and Led Zeppelin, all of whom gathered at the Kennedy Center to be saluted in front of the president and the first lady. And who's doing the saluting and performing? Look for Morgan Freeman, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber,Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson, Robert De Niro, Judith Jamison, Bonnie Raitt, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz and Jack Black. Top that.
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