TV tonight: PBS airs a night of entertainment sure to stir controversy

Carole King is the first woman to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Photo: PBS/In Performance at the White House

WASHINGTON, May 28, 2013 — Besides the endless parade of competitive reality shows, tonight’s lineup has a few choices worthy of a second look. At 8 p.m. the White House is hosting Carole King’s acceptance of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, along with musical guests James Taylor, Billy Joel, Gloria Estefan, and Trisha Yearwood.

No doubt conservatives all over the country are chomping at the bit to criticize Obama for daring to add a little entertainment to his life amidst the many scandals currently plaguing his office. But one look at a recent photo of our Commander In Chief is proof his moments of fun and relaxation are few.

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Speaking of the rapidly aging president and his political foes, tonight at 9 p.m. PBS’s final installment of “Constitution USA With Peter Sagal” examines the reasons for the longevity of the Constitution. The show also delves into the more recent threats to the Constitution, including excessive partisanship, money in politics and gerrymandering, just to name a few.

Given the current divisive and destructive nature of politics in America, any insight into the problems that hamper this country from reconnecting with the promise that all are created equal is definitely worth a look. To the average working stiff in this country, equality is a ship that left the dock a long time ago.

Everyone is waiting for their ship to come in, and everyone wants a level playing field, regardless of who is in charge. Unfortunately the powers-that-be are too busy arguing over which ship should dock first to realize that we all sink or swim together.

Tonight’s viewing:

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All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Extreme Weight Loss: (New) Twins David and Rebecca are split up as they tackle a 90-day weight-loss challenge.

CBS: NCIS: (Repeat) Ducky and Jimmy disappear while transporting a body from a crime scene.

FOX: So You think You Can Dance: (New) Another round of auditions.

NBC: The Voice: (Repeat) The top eight vocalists perform.

CW: Hart of Dixie: (Repeat) Zoe fears that George is sleepwalking, so she rearranges her schedule to do a sleep study on him and backs out of her plans with Wade. Elsewhere, the mayoral race between Lavon and Ruby tightens, inspiring AnnaBeth to devise an unconventional scheme.

PBS: In Performance at the White House: (New) President Obama presents Carole King with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at this White House fete, which features performances by the honoree as well as James Taylor, Billy Joel, Gloria Estefan, Trisha Yearwood, Emeli Sandé and Jesse McCartney.

9 p.m.

CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles: (Repeat) A senatorial candidate’s aide is killed while crossing a street, and the team must determine whether it was an accident or murder.

NBC: The Voice: (Live) The remaining artists discover who will move on to the Top 6; Sheryl Crow performs.

CW: America’s Next Top Model: College Edition: (Repeat) The ladies visit Palm Springs and are challenged to take photos of themselves doing “random acts of modeling.” Later, they pose for pictures at a low-rent motel.

PBS: Constitution USA With Peter Sagal: (New) The finale examines the reasons for the longevity of the Constitution. Also: forces that threaten to undermine the vision of the framers, including excessive partisanship, money in politics and gerrymandering.

10 p.m.

ABC: Body of Proof: (New) The exhumation of Megan’s father leads to more mystery about his death.

CBS: Brooklyn DA: (New) A candid look at life inside the Kings County District Attorney’s Office is offered during this six-part documentary series, which follows prosecutors in and out of the courtroom.

NBC: The Office: (Repeat) Past and present staffers gather for a wedding and their closing interview sessions in the series finale. Appearing: Mindy Kaling; B.J. Novak; Joan Cusack; Ed Begley Jr.; Rachael Harris; Dakota Johnson; Andy Buckley; and Malcolm Barrett.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

Deadliest Catch: On Deck at 8 p.m. on DSC

Property Virgins at 8 and 8:30 p.m. on HGTV

Deadliest Catch at 9 p.m. on DSC

Airport 24/7: Miami at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Extreme Moms at 9 p.m. on LIFE

Weird or What? at 9 and 10 p.m. on Syfy

Polygamy, USA at 9 p.m. on NGC

Married to Medicine at 9 p.m. on BRAVO

Storage Wars at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on A&E

Counting Cars at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on History Channel

Mythbusters at 8 and 9 and 10 p.m. on SCI

North America at 9 and 10 p.m. on Animal Planet

Chopped at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Real Husbands of Hollywood at 10 p.m. on BET

Gangsters: America’s Most Evil at 10 p.m. on BIO

Who Gets the Last Laugh at 10 p.m. on TBS

American Restoration at 10 p.m. on History Channel

American Hoggers at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on A&E

Backyard Oil at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on DSC

House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Apocalypse Now Redux

G.I. Blues on ENC

Paycheck on FLIX

The Karate Kid on FX

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted

Safe House on HBO

The Fugitive on IFC

Hard Times on TCM

9 p.m.

The Pacifier on ABCFAM

Mary and Martha on HBO

X-Men: First Class on MOMAX

People Like Us on SHO

10 Years on STARZ

The Help on TMC

Later tonight:

The Woman in Black at 9:30 p.m. on SHO

Memphis Belle at 9:45 p.m. on ENC

Varsity Blues at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

Bullitt at 10 p.m. on TCM

Tightrope at 10:30 p.m. on REELZ

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I was born and educated in Southwest Virginia, traveled with my job all over America in my twenties and early thirties then came back to the mountains to raise my daughter.

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