A look at some noteworthy (and mainly regifted) programs this week:
Yule Log (WPIX 11, Monday, 9:00 a.m.) The classic Yule log returns another year on WPIX. This being the 40th Anniversary of the log, channel 11 offers up a one hour special on history at noon, right after this year's showing. If you don't want to wait, they even offer a portable Yule Log for your iPod and The Yule Log.com fan site has everything you wanted to know and then some about this New York tradition.
Dyker Lights (WNET 13, Monday, 5:00 p.m.) A look at a Christmas lights competition in Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights neighborhood where there are some impressive homemade light shows every year.
29th Annual Kennedy Center Honors (WCBS 2, Tuesday, 9:00 p.m.) producer Andrew Lloyd Webber, Zubin Mehta, Dolly Parton, Smokey Robinson, and Steven Spielberg are honoured this year in a real awards show. You may have heard about this a few weeks ago, since Jessica Simpson flubbed up a Dolly Parton song and redid it - this do over may or may not wind up on the telecast.
Rudolph's Shiny New Year (WABC 7, Tuesday, 8:00 p.m.) Another old Rankin-Bass stop motion special is trotted out for the holidays. In this far from classic Rudolph has to find baby New Year before the start of the new year. This proves the rule the sequel is usually worse than the original.
Great Performances Leonard Bernstein's Candide with the New York Philharmonic (WNET 13, Wednesday, 8:00 p.m.) Thomas Allen, Kristin Chenoweth, Paul Groves, Patti LuPone, and Stanford Olsen headline this New York Philharmonic concert performance of Leonard Bernstein's “Candide” from 2004.
Great Performances Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! (WNET 13, Thursday, 8:00 p.m.) Royal National Theatre's production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical directed by Trevor Nunn.. Josefina Gabrielle, Shuler Hensley, Hugh Jackman star.
New York Giants at Washington Redskins (WNBC 4, Saturday, 8:00 p.m.) The only noteworthy thing about this is that WNBC is simulcasting the NFL Network's coverage of this football game giving many in the Tri-State area their first glimpse of the NFL Network's coverage since most of the local cable companies don't carry it.