A Grammy salute to Whitney Houston and CSI: NY on prime time TV tonight

Usher performs in a Grammy tribute to Whitney Houston.

WASHINGTON, Nov.16, 2012 ― Whitney Houston gets a Grammy salute tonight that includes a retrospective of her career. Also performing will be Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson and Usher in this all star salute to the tragic and beautiful star Whitney Houston. She has sold over 170 million albums worldwide, and Guinness World Records cites her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston is also the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits.

From Judy Garland to Elvis to Heath Ledger the allure of drugs overcame fame and success to take some of our best and brightest. Why these stars made the choices they did will always be a mystery. All the money in the world can’t save some people from themselves. May their demons be silent and peace be theirs, finally.

Whitney Houston in earlier, happier days. (Image from a fan blog.)

Saturday night prime time television is a network throwaway with college football and reruns being the standard. Other than Saturday Night Live at 11:30 p.m. on NBC, there is little worth mentioning. Jeremy Renner will guest host SNL, and Maroon 5 is the musical guest. I have been a fan of Jeremy Renner since his amazing performance in Hurt Locker and will tune in to see if he has a comedic side.

Tonight’s viewing:

All listings are E.S.T.

8 p.m. Reruns, (yes already) Rappers and runways in this hour.

ABC: Last Man Standing: (New) Mike (Tim Allen) and Vanessa (Nancy Travis) clash over what to tell their neighbors regarding a vandalized car. Meanwhile, Eve (Kaitlyn Dever) gets drunk at a party after her parents refuse to allow her to quit the soccer team.

CBS: Undercover Boss: (New) Cinnabon president Kat Cole works undercover at her company.

FOX: Kitchen Nightmares: (New) Chef Ramsay travels to Pittsburgh to help a retired special-education teacher turned restaurant owner, whose eatery is plagued by negative customer feedback and blame games among the staff.

NBC: Go On: (Repeat) Ryan (Mathew Perry) learns to appreciate the support group more and not separate it from the rest of his life. Meanwhile, Steven makes an awkward attempt to help Ryan overcome his loss.

CW: America’s Next Top Model: College Edition: (New) The three remaining models are reduced to two following a photo shoot. The final duos then walk their last runway at the Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay, Jamaica, before the winner is chosen.

8:30 p.m.

ABC: Malibu Country: (New) Reba (Reba McEntire) is ecstatic when she learns one of her songs is to be recorded, but her joy is short-lived when she hears it’s to be sung by rapper Travie McCoy (as himself).

NBC: Guys With Kids: (Repeat) Gary (Anthony Anderson) gets some time to himself when Marny (Tempest Bledsoe) offers to watch the kids for one day, but a medical emergency jeopardizes his plans.

9 p.m. The usual murder and revenge in this hour.

ABC: Shark Tank: (New) Country singer-songwriter John Rich appears during an update on a Season 3 invention for guitars. Among the products being pitched: a rent-a-live-Christmas-tree service; gluten-free fudge; and a fashion accessory that doubles as a cell-phone holder.

CBS: CSI: NY: (New) A student at an elite prep school is murdered. Meanwhile, Lindsay (Anna Belknap) returns home to Montana to visit her father and deal with some issues from her past.

FOX: Fringe: (New) A Fringe event is created by a member of the team as the rebellion reaches a new level of intensity.

NBC: Grimm: (New) Adalind (Claire Coffee) returns to Portland seeking revenge, specifically targeting Nick (David Giuntoli), Hank (Russell Hornsby) and Juliette (Bitsy Tulloch). Meanwhile, Capt. Renard’s (Sasha Roiz) obsession grows; Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) gets a surprise at the spice shop.

CW: America’s Next Top Model: College Edition: (New) Highlights from the 19th season are featured.

10 p.m. A tribute to Whitney Houston and a chat with Christina Aguilera in this hour.

ABC: 20/20: (New) No description available.

CBS: (New) We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston: Highlights from Whitney Houston’s career are featured in a celebration of her life that also includes performances by Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, CeCe Winans and Yolanda Adams.

NBC: Dateline NBC: (New) Hoda Kotb interviews pop songstress Christina Aguilera. Also: an interview with Lauren Scruggs, a model who survived an airplane-propeller accident; and a conversation with actress Kelly Rutherford, who discusses her custody dispute.

Usher, from a recent PR image. He’ll be part of the CBS Whitney Houston tribute telecast.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Family Guns at 8 on NGC

Gold Rush at 8 and 9 p.m. on DSC

Say Yes to the Dress at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on TLC

Ghost Adventures at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

The Real Housewives of Atlanta at 10 p.m. on BRAVO

Jungle Gold at 10 p.m. on DSC

Brides of Beverly Hills at 10 and 10:30 p.m.

For movie lovers:

Passenger 57 at 8 p.m. on REELZ

The Bourne Identity at 8 p.m. on TNT

The Beach at 10 p.m. on SUNDANCE

Contraband at 10 p.m. on MOMAX


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