WASHINGTON, February 5, 2013 — With regard to tonight’s TV lineup, The Taste is a good show with a lot of potential, and NCIS has a proven pedigree that speaks for itself. But Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special is a show I wouldn’t dare miss, even to watch either of these fabulous alternatives. I never tire of Betty White’s irreverent and bawdy antics. Any chance to look back at the evolution of the most amazing career in TV is a mid-week blessing for all of us, and I do not intend to squander the opportunity.
In case it’s not already obvious, anyone who has read this column with any consistency knows that I worship at the altar of Betty White. This is why, despite all the new episodes included in a stellar Tuesday night prime time line-up, what to watch tonight is a total no-brainer for me. I’ve written about Betty White many times and cannot sing her praises enough. So to keep from repeating myself, here is a link to an article I wrote back in May that best encapsulates her impressive career, as well as my boundless admiration of her.
Shameless self promotion? Well, maybe. But in the Internet biz, the more clicks the better, so feel free to send this link to all your Facebook friends.
Meanwhile, if you need additional reasons to watch Betty tonight, just consider the line-up of guests that will be on hand to sing her praises. Some of the greatest comedic minds of our time will contribute thoughts and personal anecdotes about the national entertainment treasure otherwise known as Betty White. Among these special guests are Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg, Vicki Lawrence, Sarah Silverman and Lily Tomlin. Toss Bill Clinton, Larry King and Blake Shelton into the mix, and you have a sure-fire formula for a wonderful hour of television devoted to a wonderful television icon.
We don’t know whether Bill Clinton is bringing his saxophone to the festivities tonight. What we do know is that in his comments to Betty, he suggests she is the best candidate for president in 2016. Bill knows that despite her age, Betty White is one of the busiest and most productive people on this planet. If you try to recall the last time we heard “busy” and “productive” used in a sentence to describe any politician, the thought of electing Betty White president doesn’t seem any more ludicrous than re-electing the do-nothing bunch of free-loaders currently occupying taxpayer-supported office space in Washington, D.C.
I’m not sure how Hillary feels about this, but I know how much we all love Betty. So bring on the ballot box! (But leave your hanging chads at home.)
(PS: While U Wait, here’s a link to a preview clip of Bill Clinton on tonight’s Betty White Special. Commercial first, of course.)
All times are EST:
ABC: The Taste: (New) The mentors work with teams of four cooks to create comfort food dishes; two contestants are eliminated.
CBS: NCIS: (New) The NCIS team takes on a renowned hacker who could hold the key to tracking down the most-wanted cyber-terrorist in the world.
FOX: Raising Hope: (New) Jimmy signs on as an extra to help Hope through her scenes on “Yo Zappa Do.”
NBC: Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday Special: (New) Seven-time Emmy Award winner Betty White will be celebrating her 91st birthday in style as a star-studded line up of special guests pays tribute to one of the world’s most beloved entertainers. Guests include Bill Clinton, Blake Shelton, Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Rico Rodriguez, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman and many more.
CW: Hart of Dixie: (New) George (Scott Porter) is given the responsibility of watching Tansy’s (guest star Mircea Monroe) most prized possession, her dog, but panics when the dog goes missing. Wade (Wilson Bethel) starts to feel frustrated by the lack of alone time with Zoe (Rachel Bilson), especially when she is focused more on not losing her good status in the town to a new doctor, Jonah (guest star Travis Van Winkle), who also happens to be Brick’s (Tim Matheson) nephew.
PBS: Pioneers of Television: (New) The Season 3 finale focuses on miniseries, including “Roots,” “Rich Man, Poor Man” and “The Thorn Birds.” “Roots” is remembered by LeVar Burton, Louis Gossett Jr., Leslie Uggams, Ben Vereen, John Amos, Georg Stanford Brown and Ed Asner.
ABC: The Bachelor: (New) Sean and the nine remaining bachelorettes head to the Canadian Rockies, where seven of the ladies take an ice-cold dip in Lake Louise. Elsewhere, adventurous one-on-one encounters unfold, including a monster-snow-truck ride on a glacier and a date that involves rappelling down a cliff. Three women are sent home after the rose ceremony.
CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles: (New) Callen, Sam, Kensi and Deeks go undercover as an elite tactical force in order to investigate an ambush tied to a cartel kingpin with terrorist connections.
FOX: New Girl: (New) Cece hopes to find a prospective husband at a dating convention for East Indians. Meanwhile, Jess and Nick find themselves in a compromising position in front of Sam; and Winston gets his groove back.
NBC: Smash: (New) A scandal puts Bombshell’s fate in jeopardy, while new talent is discovered in an unexpected place. “On Broadway” and “The Fallout” air back-to-back in a special premiere event!
CW: Emily Owens, M.D.: (New) Emily’s decision about starting a relationship with Micah becomes even more complicated when Will hears about it and begins to feel jealous. Emily and Tyra treat an unruly woman, but after learning of her home hoarding situation, Emily wonders if the woman’s personality changes may be caused by her many cats.
PBS: Silicon Valley: American Experience: (New) Recalling Robert Noyce (1927-90), the leader of the “traitorous eight” who left Shockley Semiconductor Company in 1957 to form Fairchild Semiconductor, a company that became a pivotal player in the technology sphere.
FOX: The Mindy Project: (New) Mindy sets up Jaime’s female best friend, Lucy, with Danny for a double date on Valentine’s Day; Jeremy gives Morgan tips for picking up women on his way to a romantic rendezvous.
CBS: Vegas: (New) Jack needs to break devastating news to Mia, while he hides crucial information from her and his brother Ralph.
New episodes of:
The Sisterhood at 8 p.m. on TLC
Doomsday Preppers at 9 p.m. on NGC
Top Gear at 9 p.m. on History Channel
Strip the City at 9 p.m. on SCI
Face Off at 9 p.m. on Syfy
Storage Wars Texas at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on A&E
Hardcore Pawn at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on truTV
Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan at 10 p.m. on BBC
The Millionaire Matchmaker at 10 p.m. on BRAVO
Tosh.0 at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central
Africa at 10 p.m. on DSC
Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
Justified at 10 p.m. on FX
House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV
Snooki and JWoww at 10 p.m. on MTV
Cougar Town at 10 p.m. on TNT
Southie Rules at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on A&E
Diggers at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on NGC
House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV
For movie lovers:
The Shawshank Redemption on AMC
North and South on ENC
The Perfect Score on FLIX
Wrath of the Titans on HBO
Fight Club on IFC
The Woman in Black on SHO
Away From Her on SUND
Billy Budd on TCM
Cadillac Records on FUSE
The Matrix Revolutions on MOMAX
21 Jumps Street on STARZ
Grumpy Old Men at 9:35 p.m. on ENC
Die Hard with a Vengeance at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX
The Three Musketeers at 10 p.m. on TMC
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