TV preview: Look who's on the Kennedy Center list

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Bluesman Buddy Guy, actor Dustin Hoffman, ballerina Natalia Makarova and rock band Led Zeppelin are feted at this year's "Kennedy Center Honors." The one I want to see is "Late Show" host David Letterman, because he generally hates this kind of stuff. But this is one you have to show up to accept, as you can't exactly say no to the president.

Watch • 8 p.m. Wednesday, Channel 2 The Week Ahead

'A Christmas Story'

It's the annual 24-hour marathon of this 1983 film, with 12 consecutive showings.

Watch • 4 p.m. Monday-4 p.m. Tuesday, TBS

'It's a Wonderful Life'

C'mon, it's a holiday tradition. And who doesn't love Jimmy Stewart?

Watch • 7 p.m. Monday, Channel 5

'Doctor Who'

In the annual Christmas episode — transplanted to this side of the Atlantic — the Doctor helps a young governess battle a frosty menace.

Watch • 7 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, BBC America

'Project Runway'

The remaining contestants create ready-to-wear looks.

Watch • 7, 10 and 11 p.m. Thursday, Lifetime This Weekend

Men's college basketball

Cal State-Northridge at Utah; BYU at Baylor

Watch • 6:30 p.m. Friday, P12N (Utah); 7 p.m. Friday, ESPN2 (BYU)


Peter, Olivia, Astrid and Walter get help from Nina Sharp

Watch • 8 p.m. Friday, Channel 13


Utah Jazz at Miami Heat

Watch • 5:30 p.m. Saturday, ROOT

'Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol'

It's the 50th anniversary of this holiday special, which remains great fun today.

Watch • 7 p.m. Saturday, Channel 5

'Sister Wives'

The wives make a "polygamy pilgrimage" to Illinois, where Mormon leader Joseph Smith Jr. introduced plural marriage.

Watch • 10 p.m. Sunday, TLC