TV highlights: A Marvin Hamlisch special


NIKITA: The series ends with Nikita frustrated and vengeful. (Sven Frenzel/THE CW)
December 26, 2013

“$ellebrity” (Showtime at 8 p.m.) is a candid dialogue about what it means to be a celebrity in our day and age and the tone presented to pop-culture figures. Jennifer Aniston, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and many more lend their voices to this documentary to expose the truths behind the price they pay for fame.

Hosted by “Today’s” Willie Geist, “What We Wasted Our Year On” (NBC at 9) takes a look back at what we wasted our time on over the past 12 months. From twerking to Grumpy Cat and Paula Deen to Anthony Weiner, the special shines a spotlight on everything we watched, read, discussed and shared all year long with plenty of attitude and outrageous opinion.

FINALE WATCH: The series “Nikita” (CW at 9) will wrap up with Nikita frustrated that the MDK is active, taking it upon herself to end the mission. She will make some harrowing decisions as she embarks on her road to revenge.

“Marvin Hamlisch — What He Did For Love” (WETA at 9, WMPT at 9:30) profiles the composer with help from family and friends including Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, Steven Soderbergh, Quincy Jones, Tim Rice, Christopher Walken, Woody Allen and others who offer insight on his talent and legacy. Among his many credits were the hit “The Way We Were” and the score to “Sophie’s Choice.”

“Golden Sisters 2013 Countdown: Best Pop Culture Moments” (OWN at 10) has Mary, Josie and Teresa back and fired up with a personal salute to pop culture with a year-in-review special of the most-talked-about stories of the year. Tom Bergeron hosts and will introduce a surprise celebrity guest.

Celebrities and critics look back at the year’s biggest pop, hip-hop, country and rap sensations and share their opinions on such people as Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on “Sounding Off: The 2013 Year in Music” (E! at 10).

Actor Tom Selleck and comic Michael Somerville come to the “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS at 11:35), with musician Albert Hammond Jr.

Director Quentin Tarantino and fried-foods expert Jim Stacy join “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (NBC at 11:35), with musical guest Luke Bryan.

Actors Will Ferrell and Adam Scott are on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC at 11:35), with musical guest Christopher Cross.

— Rachel Lubitz

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