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Tuesday's TV Highlights: The Kennedy Center honors Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck and Grace Bumbry

December 28, 2009 |  8:30 pm
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This week's TV Movies



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YOU HONORIN’ ME?
Mel Brooks, jazz musician Dave Brubeck, mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry, Robert De Niro, above, and Bruce Springsteen are saluted at “The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors,” at 9 p.m. on CBS.

SERIES

NCIS: Team members get wrapped up in a gang war while investigating the death of a Marine, and, making matters worse, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) finds a cryptic message waiting for him at the crime scene. Muse Watson guest stars in this repeat (8 p.m. CBS).

Parks and Recreation: Hoping to promote the local zoo, Leslie (Amy Poehler) arranges for two penguins to marry, but things don't go as planned when it turns out the penguins are both male, in this repeat (8 p.m. NBC).

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? "Sesame Street's" Cookie Monster co-hosts (8 p.m. KCOP).

Dirty Jobs: Mike travels to Pennsylvania to make maple syrup the old-fashioned way (9 p.m. Discovery).

Private Chefs of Beverly Hills: This new, unscripted series takes viewers into the world of a private chef placement agency in Beverly Hills (9 p.m. Food).

One Big Happy Family: This new, unscripted series focuses on a family in which the mother, father, daughter and son each weigh more than 300 pounds (9 and 9:30 p.m. TLC).

100 Most Shocking Music Moments: The countdown continues, with host Chris Jericho (9 p.m. VH1).

20/20: The newsmagazine offers its take on the true story behind the hit movie "The Blind Side" (10 p.m. ABC).

SPECIALS

Rudolph's Shiny New Year: Red Skelton, Frank Gorshin and Morey Amsterdam provide voices for this story of how the red-nosed reindeer, with the help of a whale and a caveman, sets off across time to find Happy, the missing New Year's baby (8 p.m. ABC).

Chelsea Lately Bloopers: This new special offers bloopers and outtakes from the comedian's late-night talk show (10:30 p.m. E!).

MOVIES

On the Waterfront: Marlon Brando earned an Oscar (and accepted it) for his role as a young longshoreman who battles a ruthless racketeer in director Elia Kazan's 1954 drama. Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, Rod Steiger and Lee J. Cobb costar (5 p.m. TCM).

Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Matthew Broderick stars as an engaging young narcissist in this 1986 comedy. Jeffrey Jones, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey and Mia Sara also star, with Ben Stein in the small but star-making role of a weary economics teacher (7 p.m. TCM).

Father of the Bride: This 1991 remake of the 1950 Spencer Tracy comedy follows the story of a loving father reluctant to see his little girl grow up and get married. Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and Kimberly Williams star (9 p.m. Lifetime).

SPORTS

College football: EagleBank Bowl: Temple vs. UCLA (1:30 p.m. ESPN); Champs Sports Bowl: Miami vs. Wisconsin (5 p.m. ESPN).

College basketball: Hartford visits Kentucky (4 p.m. ESPN2); Penn State visits Minnesota (6 p.m. ESPN2).

Pro basketball: The Golden State Warriors visit the Lakers (7:30 p.m. FSN).

Hockey: The Minnesota Wild visits the Ducks (7 p.m. FSN2)

Photo: John Paul / CBS

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