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Kennedy Center Honors

Chris Rock Roasts Oprah, Obama and Paul McCartney at the 'Kennedy Center Honors' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 29th 2010 2:01AM
Chris Rock Roasts Oprah, Obama and Paul McCartney at the 'Kennedy Center Honors'Oprah, the President, and a Beatle sitting together in a box. It already sounds like the set-up for a joke. And luckily, comedian Chris Rock had a few jokes ready.

Oprah Winfrey and Sir Paul McCartney were at 'The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors' (Tue., 9PM ET on CBS) to be awarded for "lifetime contributions to American culture." President Barack Obama was just along for the ride. (Being president is not as important as being a British singer or hosting a talk show where you give away cars, clearly.)

Still, since the ceremony was held in D.C., the Prez got to hang out with Oprah and Sir Paul, in a box seat above the stage. And Chris Rock had a few quips involving Obama and Oprah. "I walk in this room, and it's an amazing feeling to look up and see the most powerful person in the world," Chris said. " ... And right next to her ... Barack Obama." Ouch! Mr. President, you have been zinged.

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Kennedy Center Honors (VIDEO)

by Chris Jordan, posted Dec 30th 2009 9:00AM
Robert DeNiro was saluted, Dave Brubeck took five and Mel Books got teary eyed during the CBS broadcast of the Kennedy Center Honors Tuesday night.

DeNiro, Brubeck, Brooks, Grace Bumbry and Bruce Springsteen were feted for their careers in the arts during the show, which featured speeches, performances and a little bit of funny stuff.

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TV-wise, this isn't the most wonderful time of the year

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 28th 2009 1:30PM
retro tvSo we're in that dead time of the TV season when there's really not much on. Everything seems to be a repeat on the networks (not just prime time but game shows and talk shows during the day, too) or your favorite show isn't on at all.

There could be a silver lining in all of this though. Since your favorite shows are in repeats or aren't on, why not take this opportunity to watch a show you've never seen before? For example, tonight's CBS comedy lineup of How I Met Your Mother, Accidentally on Purpose, Two and a Half Men, and Big Bang Theory are all repeats, so why not check out House if you've never seen it before? Sounds good in theory (big bang or otherwise), though I'm not sure if people think like that with their TV show watching.

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Bill Cosby awarded Mark Twain Prize

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 27th 2009 9:03AM
Bill Cosby: HimselfOne of America's greatest TV icons has been officially recognized as one of its greatest humorists. Yes, he's still one of the greatest TV icons, but giving him another honor for his work in TV is like giving Jay Leno a free car.

Bill Cosby received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Monday at the Kennedy Center.

The event, set for broadcast on PBS on Nov. 4., featured presentations and words from comedy notables such as Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld. It also featured a Cosby Show reunion of sorts with Phylicia Rashad and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. It's a good thing Dr. Huxtable didn't take his boy out of the world after all.

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What's On Tonight: Nova, Charlie Brown, Leverage

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 30th 2008 4:01PM
  • Eli StoneAt 8, ABC has Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, followed by Rudolph's Shiny New Year and new episodes of According To Jim and Eli Stone.
  • PBS has a new Nova at 8.
  • ESPN has The Holiday Bowl at 8.
  • Also at 8: BBC America has a new My Family.
  • At 9, CBS has The 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors.
  • There's a new ECW on Sci-Fi at 9.
  • At 10, TNT has a new Leverage.
  • Bravo has a new Real Housewives of Orange County at 10.
  • At 10:30, Disney has a new Life with Derek.

Check your local TV listings for more.

After the jump, the late night talk show listings.

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What's On Tonight: Wired Science, Kennedy Center Honors, Inside The NFL

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 26th 2007 4:03PM
  • Bob NewhartAt 8, PBS has a new Wired Science, followed by the American Masters tribute to Bob Newhart.
  • The CW has a new Crowned at 8.
  • G4 has a new X-Play at 8.
  • Lifetime Movie Network has the movie Under the Misletoe at 8.
  • At 9, CBS has The 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, with honorees Steve Martin, Martin Scorcese, Diana Ross, Brian Wilson, and Leon Fleischer.
  • TBS has the Funniest Commercials of the Year: 2007 at 9, followed by new episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne.
  • Also at 9: HBO has Real Sports with Bryant Gumbal, then a new Inside the NFL.
  • At 9:30, HGTV has a new Design on a Dime.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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What's on tonight: Tom Brokaw, Big Day, Miami Ink, ECW

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 26th 2006 5:03PM
  • My BoysAt 8, PBS has a new Nova.
  • ABC has Rudolph's Shiny New Year at 8, followed by two new episodes of Big Day.
  • NBC has a new Tom Brokaw Reports at 8, "In The Shadow Of The American Dream."
  • Also at 8: Food Network has Emeril's Kicked Up New Year's Eve Celebration.
  • At 9, CBS has the Kennedy Center Honors, with Steven Spielberg, Dolly Parton, Zubin Mehta, Smokey Robinson, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
  • TLC has a new Overhaulin' at 9, followed by a new Miami Ink.
  • At 10, TBS has two new eps of My Boys.
  • Sci-Fi has a new ECW at 10.
  • Also at 10: HBO has a new REAL Sports with Bryant Gumbal.

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Jessica Simpson drops out of the Honors

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 22nd 2006 8:33AM
The Kennedy Center Honors Jessica SimpsonWhen The Kennedy Center Honors airs on Monday night, we won't be seeing Jessica Simpson's flubbed tribute to Dolly Parton. In fact, we won't be seeing Simpson at all. Despite running through Dolly's "9 to 5" a second time at the taping, Simpson asked that her performance be pulled from the televised version of the show entirely. Why? Because Simpson's a perfectionist, damn it - a regular Maria Callas.

According to Simpson's spokesperson, the young singer and reality show punchline "idolizes Dolly" and "wasn't happy with her performance" so she nixed it. Thanks to the internet, however, you can see snippets of Simpson's performance online. Just think - before the days of YouTube, you couldn't see the lackluster production numbers that got trimmed from bloated tribute shows. Now, you can. Thanks, technology!

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The Kennedy Center Honors filmed for CBS

by Julia Ward, posted Dec 5th 2006 7:29PM
Jessica Simpson Kennedy Center HonorsThe Kennedy Center Honors were taped this past weekend in Washington DC for a December 26th broadcast on CBS. This year's honorees include Andrew Lloyd Webber, Zubin Mehta, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson and Steven Spielberg. The moment making the internet and gossip blog rounds right now features Jessica Simpson flubbing the lines to Dolly's "9 to 5." You won't see that in the broadcast. In fact, what you see in the broadcast is an extremely pared down version of the live awards show.

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