ICE, ICE, BABY: Logically, winter conjures up thoughts of snow and ice. It’s the latter that is surprisingly prevalent through a pair of specials airing this weekend. On Saturday, romantic opera is the focus of “McCormick Presents Andrea Bocelli Tribute on Ice” on NBC, which will find a host of the world’s best skaters performing as the renowned tenor performs. On Sunday, NBC will air “Smucker’s Presents Kurt Browning’s Gotta Skate,” which will boast appearances by Jann Arden and Michael Bolton to accompany some of the same and some different skaters.
HOLIDAY CLASSICS: Those of us of a certain age (not too old, but old enough to remember) still have a warm and fuzzy feeling when we think back to the holiday television specials of our youth. And it is that feeling that led Bravo to create “The Christmas Special Christmas Special,” airing Sunday. The majority of the content is quite nostalgic, from Bing Crosby and Judy Garland to Pee-Wee Herman, but also boasts more recent fare from the likes of “South Park.”
Expect clips of vintage variety and animated specials, as well as interviews with those responsible for some of the most indelible perennial images of the season, and in some cases their decedents.
WEEK IN, WEEK OUT . . . I sit in front of the television, watching until my eyes bleed, only to find that sleep and work and personal hygiene get in the way of my many viewing options. OK, so it’s not really like that, but I do so enjoy my time in front of Ol’ Glowy. Here’s some of the things that he might treat me to this week:
Monday: The Hives on CBS’ “The Late Late Show” with new host Craig Ferguson, whom you may remember as the snarky Brit boss from “The Drew Carey Show.”
Tuesday: Sarah McLachlan on the syndicated “Live With Regis & Kelly,” where good ol’ Joy Philbin will guest co-host with her hubby. Awww…
Wednesday: Shawn Colvin on NBC’s “Last Call With Carson Daly,” whose never quite gotten the consistent recognition she deserves.
Thursday: Yo-Yo Ma on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” because I can stand to gain a little culture in my life, dontchathink?
Friday: Harry Connick Jr. on NBC’s “Today,” which is, I believe, his first appearance there this season, as opposed to last season’s 48 or 50, or so it seemed. . .
Saturday: Destiny’s Child on NBC’s “SNL,” because I’ll be watching DeNiro hosting anyway.
Sunday: Everyone and their mom on VH1’s “Top 40 of 2004.” You know you can’t resist a year-end countdown retrospective and neither can I.