A look at some of this week's noteworthy television:
Spike TV's Video Game Awards 2007 (Sunday, 9:00 p.m., Spike TV) It is the fifth annual outing for this awards show for video games.
Live From Lincoln Center: Red Hot Holiday Stomp (Monday, 8:00 p.m., WNET 13) Jazz at Lincoln Center is highlighted with this special hosted by Glenn Close. There will be a program of holiday music and jazz, plus it also features the broadcast premiere of the Wynton Marsalis and Maya Angelou collaboration “Music, Deep Rivers in My Soul,” which will be read by Law & Order’s S. Epatha Merkerson.
Martha Stewart (Monday, 1 p.m., WNBC) Martha visits Russ & Daughters for smoked fish and chef Christopher Harkness of NY catering company Great Performances makes pear pate de fruit (on Tuesday, Stewart has pastry chefs Ellen Sternau and Beth Pilar of How Sweet It is).
Yiddish: Mame-Loshn, Kinder-Loshn (Monday, 10:00 p.m., WNET 13) A look at current day secular Israelis rediscovering the Yiddish language and its rich culture.
Paranormal State (Monday, 10:00 p.m., A&E) Apparently there are some real Ghostbusters and they are part of Penn State, which is their equivalent of SUNY. This is their story.
Life on Mars (Tuesday, 8:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m., BBC America) It may have take months for the second and final series of this brilliant BBC1 show to make it over the pond, but it is worth the wait with two back to back episodes. The hero, a modern day Manchester Police detective Sam Tyler, woke up in 1973 and now seems a bit better adjusted to his surroundings. The first episode has Tyler tangling against a villain that he has been after in the present day. The second is an investigation of a corrupt police officer along side the man who became his mentor. It also is probably better than anything out of Hollywood in the past few years and there are no worries about getting hooked and episodes running out due to the WGA strike.
New York Voices (Tuesday, 10:30 p.m., WNET 13) Channel thirteen’s public affairs show takes a look at traffic congestion in the city and MTA fare hikes.
The Secret World of Haute Couture (Wednesday, 8:00 p.m., WNET 13) A look inside the top end of the fashion industry featuring designers and those who buy their creations.
Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants (Wednesday, 9:00 p.m., WPIX 11) This new un-scripted series from The CW features mother-daughter teams competing in a beauty pageant for a $100,000 prize. We're not fond of fakeality shows, but if done right this may turn into something so bad it is good.
P.O.V.: Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner (Wednesday, 9:00 p.m., WNET 13) A profile of award winning playwright Tony Kushner from Oscar winning director . The film takes a look at his public life, his homosexuality, his development as an artist and his latest projects.
30 Rock (Thursday, 9:00 p.m., WNBC 4) It is a Christmas episode and Andy Richter and Buck Henry guest star as members of Liz’s family, so some holiday wackiness is destined to ensue.
2007 World Magic Awards (Friday, 8:00 p.m., WWOR 9) This should be brilliantly bad, but in a good way. Why? Because Sir Roger Moore is hosting and of course it is an awards show with cheesy magicians.
It's a Wonderful Life">It's a Wonderful Life (Friday, 8:00 p.m., WNBC 4) It used to be that this old holiday chestnut was shown on almost every television station on the planet then a few years ago NBC got the exclusive rights to it. You all know the story. Zuzu's petals...